The Musiektheater in Amsterdam is located near the city center and adjacent to the picturesque Amstel River. It is a multipurpose building as it is home to not only the National Netherland's Opera, the National Ballet, and the Holland Symphony Orchestra but also incorporates the City Town Hall.
Up until the middle of the 1980s, performing artists had no permanent place of residence. The construction of a building to house the performing arts had been discussed for decades but it was not until 1986 that the Muziekthreater was opened.
The result is a modern building which is none-the-less very architecturally pleasing. The building is composed of a variety of materials including red brick, marble, steel and glass. Its curved façade, with large open windows looking out from 14 meter high foyers, compliment the bend in the Amstel River.
The entertainment is varied, with both classical and cutting edge contemporary performances. The performance program is diverse and frequently changes. International productions are also staged here and the Gastprogrammering division of the Muziek Theater organizes several productions throughout the year.
The complex also boasts a restaurant and function rooms. Tickets for individual performances can be purchased online and this is recommended particularly if the performance is a popular one. Most tickets can be purchased three months in advance.
Educational tours are also offered to give the visitor a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes of a performance. These are held at regular times and take just over an hour to complete. There is a small charge for these tours, which leave from the main foyer.
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