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Professionals' programme

Operadagen Rotterdam will guide a number of international programmers through the festival from 16 through 20 May.

In 2019, the Professionals’ Programme consisted of a Music Theatre NOW meeting, Operation Music Theatre, a focus programme around Austrian music theatre-makers in cooperation with Austrian Music Export, GALA!, and various highlights from our festival programme.
The Music Theatre NOW meeting ran from 18 till 20 May. You can find the programme here.
Operation Music Theatre took place on May 21st. Click here for the programme.

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

Operation Music Theatre

In 2019, Operation Music Theatre (Operatie Muziektheater, OMT) took 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 programme 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 presented themselves during Operadagen Rotterdam 2019 on 19th and 20th May, and Shanghai China International Arts Festival this autumn.

The meeting programme consisted of presentations by the winners of the competition, panel discussions, and visiting shows together.

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, Operadagen Rotterdam 2019 presented a special programme around Austrian theatre makers during Operation Music Theatre. A selection of different makers presented their work and companies and joined our festival during the days of the Professionals’ Programme.


The third edition of our new festival feature GALA! took place on Tuesday 21st May 2019 in Theater Rotterdam, location Schouwburg. This festive night brings together music theatre from around the world while it puts the spotlight on extraordinary artists.