Dutch National Opera & Ballet

formerly known as Muziektheater Amsterdam


Amsterdam Music Theatre / Dutch National Opera & Ballet on the Amstel River

Nationale Opera en Ballet is part of the complex of buildings on Waterlooplein called popularly Stopera, built by architect Cees Dam.

City hall and music theatre

The plans for building a new theatre ran parallel to the plans for a new city hall and go back to 1915. It was officially opened in 1986 and the Amsterdam city council moved into its new city hall in 1988.

The famous Waterlooplein flea market returned to the square next to the new city hall in the same year.


Riots broke out as the first piles were finally driven into the ground. The people who rioted called the building Stopera: "Stop the opera." Locals still call the building by that name today, despite its rebranding in 2014.

Opera & Ballet

The Amsterdam Music Theatre is home to Dutch National Opera  and Dutch National Ballet . They do not just present their Amsterdam performances here, but they also produce them at the Stopera.

Dutch National Opera & Ballet has one hall with 1600 seats. There are also several lounges, overlooking the Amstel River.

For all performances tickets  are put on sale 3 months before the premiere of a production.


The Stopera building is situated on Waterlooplein Square in the heart of the former Jewish Quarter (Jodenbuurt). It is also close to other attractions like Hermitage Amsterdam, Rembrandtplein and Hortus Botanicus.