Mission & Vision
O. is an international festival for opera, music, and theatre in wide-ranging locations across Rotterdam.
O. is opening up opera and firmly believes in its relevance for a large and varied audience. Simply put, it wants to be the most ground-breaking opera festival in the world.
At O., we bring together makers and audiences from The Netherlands and abroad to create an annual festival in established venues as well as many surprising locations. The human voice takes central stage. It directly touches our visitors in the heart. We are innovating opera, starting from (and beyond) existing traditions, based on the following cornerstones.
We are embarking on an adventure with the makers and the audience – with new forms of opera and stories that have never been told before, from The Netherlands and abroad. We engage with every background and encourage discussion as well as reflection. We dare to take risks, create all sorts of intersections, and go outside the beaten track.
We open our doors – to (inter)national makers with an inquiring mind who want to share their urgent stories. To audiences that wish to open their hearts to opera. We inspire and are inspired. We facilitate meetings between visitors, artists, and programmers.
We are operating at both national and international level – two approaches in a mutually enhancing relationship. Rotterdam is a prime source of inspiration. Our own city, with its typical characteristics, where over 170 nationalities can bring out the best in each other when they come together. We are undogmatic, progressive, and synergize different disciplines. No genre is a ‘bridge too far’ – from wildly experimental to broadly accessible.
Stichting Opera Rotterdam / O. has been registered as a charity (ANBI status) since 15 March 2012. None of the board members of the Opera Rotterdam foundation receive an emolument.
RSIN or tax identification number: 817771426
Registered with the Chamber of Commerce under 24412061
3000 AT Rotterdam
O. gebruikt haar stad als podium en decor. Veel voorstellingen zijn op onalledaagse en onontdekte locaties in de stad: pleinen, woonkamers, kerken, een oude wasserij, winkel, bovenop de Bijenkorf en zelfs een fitnesscentrum.