Holland Opera

New Opera For Children and Youngsters

Holland Opera – formally known as Xynix Opera (XX) – was founded in 1994 and produces new opera for children and youngsters. Since 2005 the company (under the name Holland Opera) has taken the artistic challenge, besides making new productions and scouting young talents, to produce site specifics on a large scale for a broad audience. In 2010 Holland Opera has settled in a historic industrial building in Amersfoort, ‘de Veerensmederij’.
Education is one of the core tasks. Education material is developed for each production and workshops and projects are being organised for schools.


Holland Opera wishes to penetrate into the soul of its audience with opera which moves and enchants, which is accessible and up-to-date and which brings to the fore socially relevant topics. The performances, in which old stories are linked to the present day, stimulate the audience, through sophisticated compositions, to watch, listen and communicate. In this way Holland Opera works towards a liveable and harmonious world.
Apart from public performances the company plays a large number of private performances for schools. To Holland Opera these school performances are of great social importance, because in this way they reach children who would otherwise never attend an opera. Thus Holland Opera builds bridges between different cultures and between the different social strata.

A flagship project:

The performance Little Mermaid (6+) is a free adaptation of the fairy tale by Hans Christiaan Andersen. This youth opera is in assocation with Opera South, Schools in the Art and Ragazze Quartet. More info here.


The Team

director and general leader

Joke Hoolboom

artistic leader

Niek Idelenburg

production leader

Hedwich Hoetink

marketing manager

Bianca van Varik

education manager

Joke Veenstra


Saskia Brons

Contact Details

Soesterweg 330, 3812 BH Amersfoort

Soesterweg 330, 3812 BH Amersfoort


Artistic Fields

Music Opera


artistic practice workshops Open days and tours Participatory Schools Young audiences

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