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Professionals' program

Operadagen Rotterdam will guide a number of international programmers through the festival from 23 through 25 May.

This year’s professionals’ program consists of Operation Music Theatre, a focus programme around Austrian music theatre makers in cooperation with Austrian Music Export, GALA!, and various highlights from our festival program. Take a look at te first outline of the program.

The enrolment for the upcoming edition is open.


The professionals’ program is organized in collaboration with and (partly) made possible by Dutch Performing Arts.

Operation Music Theatre

A new edition of Operation Music Theatre (Operatie Muziektheater, OMT) will take place at Kriterion (Het Groot Handelsgebouw Rotterdam) on Tuesday 21st May. This is the network meeting in the Netherlands for all stakeholders in the field of music theatre both in the Netherlands and abroad. Here, music theatre makers can present their latest works and get acquainted with programmers and other makers from all over the world. A program of elevator pitches and speed dates is your introduction to a mix of young and established Dutch and international artists and companies. Like to know more? Send an e-mail to Rick Mouwen:

Music Theatre NOW

Music Theatre NOW, an initiative of International Theatre Institute, sees the most talked-about new music theatre work of the past three years selected. Approximately 400 music theatre makers from over 50 countries participate in each edition. The ten winning companies will present themselves during this edition of Operadagen Rotterdam on 19th and 20th May, and Shanghai China International Arts Festival this autumn. Would you like to attend this meeting? Please take a look at our website for more information.

Focus programme around Austrian music theatre makers in cooperation with Austrian Music Export

Together with Austrian Music Export, an organization supporting Austrian music and musicians, we present a special program around Austrian theatre makers during Operation Music Theatre. A selection of different makers present their work and companies and will join our festival during the days of the Professionals programme. Get to know them, their work and your possibilities in Austria.


The third edition of our new festival feature GALA! takes place on Tuesday 21st May in Theater Rotterdam, location Schouwburg. This festive night brings together music theatre from around the world while it puts the spotlight on extraordinary artists.