Dutch National Opera talent

Activities Dutch National Opera talent


Dutch National Opera is delighted to announce the creation of the Dutch National Opera Studio, a new young artists programme in The Netherlands. The Studio will be launched in Amsterdam in September 2018 with international renowned soprano Rosemary Joshua as the artistic leader. Dutch National Opera Studio offers an exciting opportunity for outstanding young artists. The Studio's goal is to develop well-rounded artists by providing the highest quality training in combination with a wide range of professional experiences.

Click here for more information about the opera studio.


The talent auditions for opera singers for Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) / Clemency (MacMillan) have now taken place. The double bill Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency will be performed in March 2018 at De Meervaart in Amsterdam.


The National Opera presented the second Dutch Opera Design Award in October 2017. Decorative and costume designers made a design for the new double bill production by Leonard Bernstein Trouble in Tahiti and James MacMillans Clemency, both in a staging of high-profile and up-and-coming American director Ted Huffman. A jury of renowned designers, with Pierre Audi (Director De Nationale Opera) as a chairman, finally chose for the design concepts of: Gisella Cappelli, Elena Zamparutti and Rebecca Petrani.




Rossini workshop

In October 2016 Dutch National Opera & Ballet hosted an ENOA workshop Rossini. Talented singers and rehearsal pianists enjoyed nine days of intensive coaching in the Rossini repertoire by such specialists as maestro Alberto Zedda and tenor Raul Gimenez.

enoa Rossini Workshop

Background Dutch National Opera talent

Dutch National Opera (DNO) fulfills a leading and coordinating role in the development of young talent in all disciplines of opera. DNO works together with the major training programmes, particularly music conservatories, the Dutch National Opera Academy, Dutch National Touring Opera and Opera Zuid, Silbersee, International Vocal Competition (Den Bosch) and other institutions. Additionally, DNO - as DNO talent - organizes activities that augment and supplement the partners’ programmes, and will support new initiatives wherever possible.

DNO’s approach to talent development is threefold:

  1. active participation of experienced professionals in handing down practical knowledge to young artists;
  2. establishing specific projects whereby young artists and professionals can build up adequate experience;
  3. providing space and creating challenges for young talent in the context of their regular activities.


DNO offers young talent plenty of opportunities in the course of our regular activities such as interim ships for stage directors and covers and small roles in main productions for singers. Besides involvement in regular activities, the talent development programme also organizes talent opera productions, workshops, masterclasses and visits of rehearsals.

Longstanding arrangements with the various partners and actively adapting activities create a framework in which young talent can anticipate optimal opportunities for growth and a deeper understanding of the profession.

As an globally prominent company, Dutch National Opera opens the door to a wide network of international opera academies, opera and festivals. DNO is a full member of the European Network of Opera Academies (ENOA), a longstanding collaboration between academies, festivals and opera companies throughout Europe, co-ordinated by the Aix-en-Provence festival. This project is supported by the cultural programme of the European Commission. ENOA’s activities include workshops, international exchange of outstanding talent and international co-productions. Additional and up-to-date information on ENOA projects can be found at www.enoa-community.com

For more information, please contact: talentontwikkeling@operaballet.nl