The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra accompany the greater part of the productions presented by De Nationale Opera in Nationale Opera & Ballet Amsterdam.
De Nationale Opera is considered to be one of Europe’s best opera houses thanks to its progressive production policy and its high artistic standards; it continually succeeds in touching the hearts of its audiences with unusual productions of standard operatic repertoire just as much as with daring contemporary music theatre works. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra play a crucial role in this: their contribution to DNO’s performances is often singled out for praise in the international music press. Pierre Audi is the artistic director of DNO; the company’s chief conductor from the 2011-2012 season onwards is Marc Albrecht.
The NedPhO|NKO has acquired the particular qualities necessary to an opera orchestra through intensive collaborative work and made them its specialty. Another factor in the success of the orchestras’ development in this direction is their continuing presentation of full concert programmes in the great concert halls of the Netherlands and abroad.
The collaboration between the NedPhO|NKO and De Nationale Opera has been a recipe for success from the beginning, both artistically and in the acclaim it has won from both audiences and the press. It is thanks to the fusing of two orchestras into one organisation that NedPhO|NKO can accompany stylish and characterful productions for chamber orchestra just as well as the great operatic masterpieces such as the much lauded DNO production of Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen (1999, revivals in 2005 and 2014).