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Operadagen Rotterdam 2019 is under way! From 17 through 26 May 2019, for the 14th time, we present opera as you have never seen it before. There will be over 100 performances in Rotterdam’s major theatres and in nooks and crannies all around the city. On roofs and squares, in churches and parks. Metamorphosis, the highlight of every heroic epic, is the theme of this festival edition. Tickets for the first ten performances are available straight away!


Ground-breaking work by international top-class artists, classic pieces in a new guise, and contemporary performances created by today’s makers. The first ten shows give a taste of what you can expect during #ODR19. The performances take place at our partner venues Theater Rotterdam, De Doelen, and Luxor Theater:

Il diluvio universale – Capella Mediterranea and Choeur de Chambre de Namur have breathed new life into Michelangelo Falvetti’s baroque oratory.

Die Walküre – The first act of Wagner’s world-famous opera cycle, Ring des Nibelungen, performed by the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

Einstein on the Beach – Concert version of one of the best-known works of Philip Glass with Suzanne Vega, HERMESensemble, and Ictus.

8: METAMORPHOSIS – Dance opera created by Nicole Beutler and inspired by M.C. Escher, Ovid, and Purcell’s music.

Het Nationale Lied – Flamboyant singalong spectacle with bawdy smash hits as well as elegant classics.

Sylvia – Rock opera based on the diaries of the American poet Sylvia Plath with a live soundtrack by the Belgian singer-songwriter An Pierlé.

Botanical Wasteland – A futuristic biodome, where plastic plants overgrow the technological remains of humanity. The sounds of robot-like creatures form the soundtrack of Touki Delphine.

Het Bezoek – Sharp, snappy, and topical comedy that takes its inspiration from Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s eponymous1956 novel, The Visit.

Mancha Mancha! – Composer Patrick van Deurzen first music theatre work, with a libretto written by Ernest van der Kwast, based on Cervantes’ Don Quichotte.

Opera Gala Concert – Mozart and Rossini’s timeless overtures and arias performed by Sinfonia Rotterdam.


December Duo Deals

Would you like to see more and pay less? Our December Duo Deals will do the trick. Two performances at one of our partner theatres at a discount of around 25%. There is a December Duo Deal for Theater Rotterdam, De Doelen, and Luxor Theater. Please note, the December Deals can only be bought in the course of this month (and are an ideal present for the holidays).

De Doelen: Il diluvio universale + Die Walküre: € 60 (normal price: € 78)
Theater Rotterdam: Sylvia + Het Nationale Lied: € 35 (normal price: € 47)
Luxor-deal: 8: METAMORPHOSIS + Het Bezoek: € 40 (normal price: € 57)

December Duo Deals


This year, too, you can use the Operadagenpas. A great way to explore Operadagen Rotterdam! With a solo pass (€ 40, one person) or duo pas (€ 70, two people) you get a discount of no less than 50% on all festival performances when buying tickets. Just the thing for anyone who likes to see all the highlights and loves surprises.



Operadagen Rotterdam keeps a finger on the pulse of today’s world; its performances reflect topical social themes. Operadagen Rotterdam tracks the four stages of every hero’s journey. Following Departures in 2017 and Heroism in 2018, this year is all about Metamorphosis. It is the high point of every epic story as the hero undergoes an important transformation, having made it through all sorts of trials and tribulations.

Music Theatre NOW

The main international competition for brand-new music theatre works, Music Theatre NOW, is back following its successful 2016 edition. Approximately 500 music theatre makers from more than 50 countries participate in each edition. Selected winning companies (out of 10) will present at #ODR19.

Keep up to date

You can warm up for #ODR19 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter in the coming months. Watch interviews with directors and artists, view images of rehearsals and/or trailers of performances. Would you like to hear the latest festival news? Sign up for the Facebook event and our newsletter.


Are you looking for an excellent soundtrack for the upcoming winter evenings? Activate one of our Spotify playlists, composed by the artists and directors involved with Operadagen Rotterdam. We hereby wish you a Happy Christmas! And let it be musical… See you in the New Year at #ODR19!


About Operadagen Rotterdam

Operadagen Rotterdam is a worldwide opera and music theatre festival featuring contemporary, innovative, and ground-breaking productions by established international makers as well as young and adventurous talent. The festival presents stories about pushing back frontiers and the search for a new identity under the central festival theme Lost & Found from 2017 through 2020. Operadagen Rotterdam lets the audience rediscover classic operas from days long gone in brand-new arrangements as it leaves the beaten tracks with new music theatre performances, and points to exciting and unknown horizons.

At the top of each performance page you will find an English summary.
All performances can be found under the tab Programma.