5 to 13 March

Live experiences and Virtual Reality. Ancient myths and new stories. Operas that are based on true stories and complete fantasy. Experience the Opera Forward Festival from 5 to 13 March and discover all that opera has to offer, from works by grand masters to pieces by a new generation of artists. With opera, music theatre, video art, poetry and lectures, OFF expands the definition of this art form. This sixth edition of the festival embraces the theme 'New Beginnings' and presents various (world) premieres, including the long-awaited new opera by German composer Manfred Trojahn. OFF invites you to discover opera is for you!

Our hearts go out to the people in Ukraine
Like all cultural institutions, Dutch National Opera & Ballet is shocked and horrified by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Our thoughts go out to the people in the Ukraine and to all our friends and colleagues who are suffering in these dark times. This weekend - on 4, 5 and 6 March - Dutch National Opera & Ballet will join the national campaign #hArtforUkraine, in which the entire cultural sector will work together in support of the people of Ukraine.

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Kévin Bray studied graphic design at L'Ésaab in Nevers, France, and is currently involved with the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Especially for OFF, he has created new work that relates to New Beginnings, the theme of this edition.

Spoken word artist Veronique Efomi is, in her own words, 'a hopping bridge between the audience and hidden emotions'. Veronique uses themes such as her youth, relationships, various taboos, fears and femininity. Veronique's performance is part of Spoken Word X New Beginnings on 12 March.

Lev Avitan (1996) is philosopher, spoken word artist and theatre maker and prefers to combine all three of these disciplines at the same time. Before the Eurydice – Die Liebenden, blind he shares his personal interpretation of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.