Dutch National Opera talent

Activities Dutch National Opera talent


Auditions for singers

for Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein) / Clemency (MacMillan)
on the 24th and 26th of October 2017

Dutch National Opera talent is organising auditions for opera singers who would like to sing in the double bill Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency which will be performed in March 2018 in Amsterdam.

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Dutch Opera Design Award

The Dutch National Opera presents the second Dutch Opera Design Award.

Set and costume designers are invited to participate in the competition for a new production of a double bill of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and James MacMillan’s Clemency, directed by Ted Huffman. The deadline for submitting the concepts is September 10th, 2017.

A maximum of five projects will be selected as finalists. These projects will be presented in the first half of October 2017 at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam to an international jury with renowned designers, and Pierre Audi (Opera director, Dutch National Opera) as president of the jury.

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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