Opera, classical music, jazz, theatre, exhibitions and festivals throughout the Netherlands – specially chosen for an international audience


Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

Tino Sehgal: A Year at the Stedelijk

A major survey of the work of the German-British artist Tino Sehgal unfolds in 12 chapters and 12 different rooms in the Stedelijk Museum. Sehgal makes live artworks and each month there will be another work in another room, increasing in scale and culminating in the summer with 'situations' involving a larger number of participants. As summer turns to autumn, the works return to a smaller scale.Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until December 31.www.stedelijk.nl  More >


Dotan

Dotan, the Dutch singer-songwriter who began his career singing in people's front rooms, has had a meteoric rise to fame with his first album, 7 Layers from 2014. The single, Home, has become a worldwide hit and the American trade paper Billboard put Dotan at number two on its list of the Next Big Sound for 2015.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 21.Tickets on sale: February 28.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


David Bowie

David Bowie

The David Bowie exhibition held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last year arrives in the Netherlands. With over 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades from the David Bowie Archive, it provides a comprehensive look at the career of the man who has influenced music, art, design, theatre and contemporary culture for the past five decades.Groninger Museum, Groningen, December 12 until March 13 2016.There are as yet no details on when tickets will go on sale. Keep and eye on the website.www.groningermuseum.nl   More >


Madonna

Madonna brings her spectacular Rebel Heart tour to the Netherlands.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, December 5.Tickets on sale March 9.www.ziggodome.nl   More >


Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection

New York gallery owner Howard Greenberg has been collecting photographs for the past fifty years. Now a selection of 150 prints are being exhibited in Amsterdam, offering a broad overview of the history of 20th century Western photography. The collection features many iconic photos by famous photographers as well as masterpieces by less well-known artists. It represents a diversity of photographic genres and movements in Europe and America, with a focus on the New York School and the Czech modernism of the 1920 and 1930s.Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam until January 11.   More >


Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

A major retrospective on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), one of the 20th century's most significant and influential reformers. Steiner served as a source of inspiration for some artistic giants, including Piet Mondriaan, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Beuys, and for contemporary artists and designers such as Olafur Eliasson and Konstantin Grcic. The exhibition presents an extensive collection of furniture, models and blackboard drawings.Kunsthal, Rotterdam until January 11 2015.   More >


Carthage

Carthage

A major exhibition about the city founded around the ninth century BC by the Phoenicians and later the third-largest city in the Roman Empire. The objects on show are on loan from Tunisian museums, the Louvre, the British Museum and other institutions. They are presented in a Mediterranean setting of the ancient port and city ruins, still found on the Tunisian coast.Among the objects on show are colourful mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, tombs, jewels, glass artefacts and valueable treasures found in a shipwreck.National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden until May 10 2015.   More >


Confessions of the Imperfect

Confessions of the Imperfect

An exhibition looking backwards to the February Revolution of 1848 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and forward to where we go from here with the world needing a new mentality, a different perspective. It travels through modern culture and shows that art and design touch every facet of life. There is new and old work by artists such as Constant, Francesco Garcia Dory, Renzo Martens, Wendelien von Oldenborgh, Alexandra Pirici & Manuel Pelmus and Li Mu.Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven until February 22 2015.   More >


Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The stage version of the popular 1994 film about two drag queens and a transsexual travelling across the Australian desert to perform their unique style of cabaret comes to the Netherlands with the original cast. The musical has won several awards since it opened in Sydney in 2006, including an Olivier and a Tony for best costume design.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, November 10 to 22.www.theatercarre.nl  More >


Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldau Trio

Brad Mehldua is one of the most versatile and influential jazz pianists of his generation, and has been compared with Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. With him are bass player Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.De Oosterpoort, Groningen, November 18; Bimhuis, Amsterdam, November 19 and 20; De Doelen, Rotterdam, November 21.www.de-oosterpoort.nl www.bimhuis.nl www.dedoelen.nl  More >


Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink

Bernard Haitink returns to Amsterdam with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for three concerts featuring all four of Schumann's symphonies plus three of his concertos.Symphony nr 3, and the violin concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust.November 11.The first and fourth symphonies, and the cello concerto with soloist Gautier Capuçon.November 13.Symphony nr 2, and the piano concerto with soloist Murray Perahia.November 15.Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.www.concertgebouw.nl  More >


Modern Times

Modern Times

Around 400 images from the Rijksmuseum's collection of 20th century photos are on display in the newly refurbished Philip's Wing. They include rare works by the likes of Bassaii, Ed van Elsken, Lewis Hine, William Klein and Man Ray.Also included is Eadward Muybridge's famous Horse In Action from 1886, which disproved the long-held idea that a galloping horse always has one foot on the ground.There are also portraits of Hollywood stars such as Joan Crawford captured by Edward Steichen in 1931, and images of city life by photographers such as Grant W Pullis.Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam until January 11.www.rijksmuseum.nl  More >


Hamlet

Hamlet

Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role in Shakespeare’s great tragedy, directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) for a 12-week run at the Barbicon in London.The production will be shown in cinemas in the Netherlands in the autumn.Pathé Cinemas, Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen, Rotterdam, October 15.www.pathe.nl   More >


Football

Football

The Dutch national football team plays a friendly match against the US.Arena, Amsterdam, June 5.The Netherlands versus Iceland in a European Cup qualifier.Arena, Amsterdam, September 3.The Netherlands versus the Czech Republic in a European Cup qualifier.Arena, Amsterdam, October 13.www.amsterdamarena.nl  More >


National Opera

This season the National Opera is celebrating its 70th anniversary with a new production of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, the first opera it performed when it was founded in 1946.The young director Jan Philipp Gloger brings this comedy about rich and poor, young and old set in Vienna into the 21st century, with a cast which includes Camilla Nylund, Peter Rose, Paula Murrihy, Martin Gantner, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller and Irmgard Vilsmaier. The conductor is Marc Albrecht.Muziektheater, Amsterdam, September 5, 9, 13 (matinee), 16, 19, 24, 27 (matinee) and 30.Tickets on sale June 5.www.operaballet.nl   More >


National Tattoo

National Tattoo

Military music from an international line-up of marching bands, which include the Netherlands Police Orchestra, the Band of the Polish Border Guards and the Canadian Delta Police Pipe Band. There are also bands featuring hunting horns.The emphasis this year is on the drum, both traditional and modern drumming, with special guests Cesar Zuidenwijk, drummer with the Golden Earring, and percussion group Percossa.This year's event celebrates 70 years of liberation after World War II, 200 years of the military Willems Order and 350 years of the Netherlands Marine Corp.Ahoy, Rotterdam, September 25 to 28.www.nationaletaptoe.nl     More >


U2

U2

U2 have added two dates to the Netherlands leg of their tour when they will be performing numbers from Songs of Innocence, their 13th studio album.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, September 12 and 13.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


The Oasis of Matisse

The Oasis of Matisse

Photo: Stedelijk CollectionThe biggest collection ever exhibited in the Netherlands of the work of the French painter Henri Matisse (1869-1954). In his paintings and cut-outs Matisse sought the most perfect possible union between shape and colour. He depicted Eastern nudes, colourful fabrics, carpets, potted plants and idyllic landscapes.Using its permanent collection, the Stedelijk also provides surprising combinations with the work of his contemporaries, teachers and followers, such as Monet, Van Gogh, Kirchner, Mondrian and Cézanne.At the heart of the exhibition is Matisse's most popular work: The Parakeet and the Mermaid (1952-1953).Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam until August 16.www.stedelijk.nl  More >


Cirque Éloize

Cirque Éloize

Canada's Cirque Éloize performs the show ID, a fizzing spectacle which mixes circus and urban dance to electric effect. A Chinese pole act has shades of West Side Story, contortion gets an extra edge when it meets break-dancing and a trampowall sequence is exhilarating. There's even inline skating and trial bike tricks.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, June 24 to July 19.www.carre.nl  More >


Eye-catchers

Eye-catchers

The National Archive has selected 450 photos from its collection of 15 million, ranging from classic images by master photographers such as Robert Capa and Paul Huf to intriguing shots taken by amateurs. Because the archive covers the whole history of photography, this selection provides a snapshot of modern history.National Archive, The Hague until July 12.www.gahetna.nl/blikvangers  More >


North Sea Jazz Festival

North Sea Jazz Festival

One of the world's foremost jazz festivals also features music ranging from blues to salsa with a line-up of international singers and instrumentalists. Already announced for the 2015 edition are Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.Ahoy, Rotterdam, July 10, 11 and 12.www.northseajazz.com  More >


Cor Jaring, Photographer: Amsterdam’s Magic Centre

Photographer Cor Jaring (1936-2013) recorded all the 'happenings' which took place in Amsterdam between 1965 and 1975. He felt at home among the motley collection of rebellious spirits who roused the sleepy Netherlands and spread an atmosphere of cheerful confusion. News of the Provo movement, founded in May 1965, spread around the world thanks to Jaring’s images.This exhibition includes a wide selection of his photographs recording the emerging youth culture in pop temple Paradiso and the Vondelpark, and of events such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 'bed in' at Amsterdam’s Hilton Hotel.City Archive, Amsterdam until July 12.www.stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl  More >


World Press Photo

World Press Photo

This year's winning World Press Photo is the Danish photographer Mads Nissen's image of a gay Russian couple in a tender embrace. Its poignancy lies in recent anti-gay legislation druving homosexual couples in the country further underground.It takes pride of place in the exhibition of other winners in various categories such as images of a kitchen in war-ravaged Donetsk, African warriors stroking a rhino and the heartbreaking sight of the uniforms of 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists in Nigeria.Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam until July 5.www.worldpressphoto.org  More >


Tour de France: Grand Départ

Tour de France: Grand Départ

The 2015 edition of the Tour de France cycling race begins in Utrecht when the riders arrive in the city on July 2 and are presented in the Lepelburg park. On July 4 there are individual time trials. July 5 sees the seconed stage of the race from Utrecht to Neeltje Jans in Zeeland via Rotterdam.Full details of the route are on the website.Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, July 1 to 5.www.routetourdefrance.nl  More >


Beach volleyball

Beach volleyball

The Netherlands plays host to the World Cup Beach Volleyball, which takes place in four cities. In Amsterdam, the Dam Square will be transformed into a beach court. In The Hague, matches will take place on a pontoon in the Hofvijver outside the parliament building.The world's best 48 men's teams and 48 women's team are competing, including nine Dutch teams.The photo is an artist's impression of the court in The Hague.Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Apeldoorn, June 26 to July 5.www.volleybal.nl   More >


Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons

The English folk rock band consisting of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane perform numbers from their award-winning albums. So far since their formation in 2007 they have clocked up 14 Emmy nominations, winning Album of the Year in 2013.Goffertpark, Nijmegen, July 4.www.livenation.nl   More >


Holland Festival

The annual cultural festival is broadening its scope this year, with more venues such as Podium Mozaiek in Amsterdam West and the Museumplein, and more disciplines such as street projections and a 12-hour Prom festival.Turkey features strongly with five events, including Songs Across The Bosphorus which opens the festival. This is an evening of all types of Turkish music performed by Kardes Türkuler with guests Candan Ercetin, the classically trained diva of Turkish pop music, and the Turkish-Dutch singer Karsu Dönmez.Elsewhere on the programme there is theatre from Spanish group La Fura dels Baus and from Robert Wilson who directs himself in Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape.There are three special concerts celebrating the 90th birthday of composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, the Japanese pop opera The End  by Hatsune Miku, and a new opera by Arnoud Noordergraaf with a design by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.Various locations, Amsterdam, May 30 to June 28.www.hollandfestival.nl   More >


Henri de Fromantiou: Royal Illusions

Henri de Fromantiou: Royal Illusions

The first retrospective of the work of the 17th century artist Henri de Fromantiou with a wide selection of his paintings.De Fromantiou was born in Maastricht and enjoyed his heyday as the court painter in Potsdam. The exhibition highlights not only his oeuvre, but also his position as court painter, art dealer and restorer in the service of Frederik Willem I, Elector of Brandenburg. De Fromantiou's paintings portray a royal world in prestigious still lifes of game and luxury products like flowers and fruit.Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht until June 28.www.bonnefanten.nl  More >


Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond sings old favourites such as Red, Red Wine and Sweet Caroline as well as more recent songs.Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, June 25 and 27.www.ziggodome.nl  More >


Hermine Deurloo & Zapp4

Harmonica player Hermine Duerloo joins forces with string quartet Zapp4 to play music from their new collaborative album, which features compositions by Jaco Pastorius and Ali Farka Touré, Jeffrey Bruinsma and Oene van Geel. There is also improvisation and interaction between the musicians.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 27.www.bimhuis.nl   More >


Lee Konitz Quartet

The American alto saxophonist Lee Konitz has been active in jazz for 65 years and is still praised for his controlled, mature playing. He has played on many classic jazz albums, including Birth of the Cool by Miles Davis. His playing style is well showcased in his current quartet with pianist Florian Weber, bass player Jeremy Stratton and drummer George Schuller.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 26.www.bimhuis.nl   More >


Titanic with live music

Titanic with live music

James Cameron's film Titanic, which won 11 Oscars, is shown on a huge screen while the Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders plays James Horner's music live. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet sail into the sunset to the strains of My Heart Will Go On, before fate overtakes them.Ahoy, Rotterdam, June 23.www.ahoy.nl  More >


Oerol Festival

Oerol Festival

This annual festival takes over the island of Terschelling and presents theatre in its widest meaning, outdoors in its woods and fields and on its sand dunes and golden beaches, and indoors in its barns and cafés. It also includes dance, visual art and music. All the performances are created specially or adapted to the location.Terschelling, June 12 to 21.www.oerol.nl  More >


Photo Festival Naarden

Photo Festival Naarden

The two-yearly photo festival takes as its theme: Water, Water. It includes Tim Tadder's water wigs photos (see photo) which he made using bald-headed people and exploding water balloons.There are also Gideon Mendel's pictures from his series Drowning World which show people up to their waists in flood water, and Federico Scarchilli's shots of waterways taken at night.Grote Kerk and other venues, Naarden, May 14 to June 23.www.fotofestivalnaarden.nl   More >


Anton Corbijn: Hollands Deep and 1-2-3-4

To mark the sixtieth birthday of photographer Anton Corbijn, the Gemeentemuseum and the Hague Museum of Photography are paying homage to this leading portrait photographer in two major exhibitions held in the two different locations.In Hollands Deep, the Gemeentemuseum will show how Corbijn has evolved over the last forty years from an ordinary music fan into a successful photographer and multifaceted creative artist. The concurrent show, 1-2-3-4 at the next door Museum of Photography, will feature photographs of bands and musicians with whom Corbijn had or still has lasting associations and in which the relationship between the photographer and the music world is at centre stage.Gemeentemuseum and Museum of Photography, The Hague until June 21.www.gemeentemuseum.nl www.fotomuseumdenhaag.nl  More >


Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race, the round the world yacht race which began on October 4 2014, makes a 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague before departing for the final stage to Göteborg for the finish on June 27.For the first time in its history, this 12th edition of the race, which has nine stages, sees all seven competing teams sailing in the same class of boat: the Volvo Ocean 65.Derde Haven, The Hague, June 19 and 20.www.volvooceanrace.com/en/ports/38_The-Hague.html  More >


Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet

The South African musician Louis Moholo-Moholo is one of the great drummers of jazz, a pioneer of free improvisation. In his current quartet he plays with British musicians Jason Yarde on saxophones, bass player John Edwards and rising star pianist Alexander Hawkins.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 18.www.bimhuis.nl   More >


Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel

The Tony Award-winning American actress and singer is best known around the world as the voice of Elsa in the animation film Frozen in which she sang the hit song Let It Go. She has also appeared as Elphaba in the musical Wicked, in the tv series Glee and the film Enchanted. She sings a selection of songs from her live appearances and from her albums.Theater Carré, Amsterdam, June 16.www.carre.nl  More >


Konrad Koselleck Big Band with Annie Tangberg

Konrad Koselleck Big Band with Annie Tangberg

Konrad Koselleck's 17-piece big band gives a twist to the works of classical composers such as Bach, Mendelssohn, Purcell and Wager. Special guest is the Norwegian-born cellist Annie Tangberg, who brings electronic effects to her playing.Bimhuis, Amsterdam, June 15.www.bimhuis.nl    More >


PinkPop

PinkPop

The annual outdoor pop festival presents a line-up of international artists on several stages. This year's acts include Elbow, Robbie Williams, Anouk, Foo Fighters, Pharrell Williams and Sam Smith.Landgraf, Heerlen, June 12, 13 and 14.www.pinkpop.nl  More >