Pagliacci / Cavalleria Rusticana

Program and cast

Musical Director: Sir Mark Elder
Stage Director: Robert Carsen
Set Designer: Radu Boruzescu
Costume Designer: Annemarie Woods
Lighting Designer: Robert Carsen
Peter Van Praet
Dramaturgy: Ian Burton
Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Chorus: Koor van De Nationale Opera
Chorus Master: Ching-Lien Wu
Children's Chorus: Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor


Nedda: Ailyn Pérez
Canio: Brandon Jovanovich
Tonio: Roman Burdenko
Peppe: Marco Ciaponi
Silvio: Mattia Olivieri


Santuzza: Anita Rachvelishvili
Lola: Rihab Chaieb
Turiddu: Brian Jagde
Alfio: Roman Burdenko
Lucia: Elena Zilio

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September 2019

Dutch National Opera

Dutch National Opera & Ballet is a young theatre with a long history. The plans for building a new theatre ran parallel to the plans for a new city hall. The first discussions held by the Amsterdam city council about building a new city hall and opera house go back to 1915. At that time, the plans were specifically for an opera house, since ballet was a relatively unknown art form back then.

Ideas for the site of the new city hall and opera house were continually changing, and the idea that both buildings could form a single complex only emerged much later. Sites considered for the new city hall were initially the Dam, followed by the Frederiksplein and finally the Waterlooplein.

In 1955, the city council commissioned the firm of architects Berghoef and Vegter to draft a design for a city hall on the Waterlooplein. The draft was approved, but in 1964 the council ended the association with the architects, as the final design was nothing like the original plans they had been shown. In 1967, a competition was held for a new design, with the Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer emerging as the winner. Amsterdam's financial problems, however, meant that the plans for the new city hall were put on hold for several years.

The plans for the site of the opera house also made a tour around the city: the Museumplein, Frederiksplein, Waterlooplein, Ferdinand Bolstraat and finally once again the Waterlooplein. For a while there was even talk of a mobile opera house.

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