Dutch National Opera talent

Activities Dutch National Opera talent 

Opera Conducting Workshop Cycle

with Maestro Carlo Rizzi

Waterloo - Amsterdam - Lisbon
This cycle is organised within ENOA

A unique experience for conductors

This might be your chance to participate in an exceptional workshop cycle for conductors during three sessions held in three different institutions of the network and tutored by Italian Conductor Carlo Rizzi! 

WORK WITH SOLOISTS at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel 
BECOME AN OPERA CHORUS EXPERT at the Dutch National Opera
EXPERIENCE ORCHESTRA CONDUCTING at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Session 1 in Waterloo / 10-14 May 2017: workshop/opera-conducting-part-1

Session 2 in Amsterdam / 30 May - 4 June 2017: workshop/opera-conducting -part 2

Session 3 in Lisbon / 5-8 July 2017: workshop/opera-conducting-part-3

At the end of the cycle, one participant will receive a position for a residency at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel for 2018.

Requirement: participating conductors must be available for the entire cycle

Four positions for singers (soprano, tenor, baritone, bass) and two for pianist-repetiteurs are open for the Waterloo session.


Deadline for applications for conductors is the 1st of February 2017.

Please send your application to:  operatalent@operaballet.nl


Applications should contain a:

- CV;
- Recommendation letter;
- Video of you conducting;
- copy passport.
If you are an ENOA artist, please specify in your application the name of the institution you are linked to.


Mohammed Fairouz - The New Prince

The chorus will consist of 16-18 young singers. Three baritones/bass baritones in the chorus, selected during the audition, will sing a small solo part in the production.
The chorus music is relatively easy, strictly homophonic and tonal, and a division in four voices, with very rare extras (men in three for example). There are no excessive registers. The chorus will be on stage most of the time.

For more information see: new-prince

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