Ernst Munneke (rehearsal director) has been a member of the musical staff of Dutch National Opera since 2009, after working for several years as a freelance rehearsal director. He studied at the conservatoires in Utrecht and Amsterdam, with Alan Weiss, Jan Wijn and Håkon Austbø, and specialised in song accompaniment with Rudolf Jansen. Along with the baritone Thomas Oliemans, he took part in masterclasses given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He also studied in the United States at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont and the renowned Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. He has won various awards, including first prize at the Wettbewerb für Opern-Korrepetition in Vienna.
As a rehearsal director, he has previously worked with the Nederlandse Reisopera and Opera Zuid, and accompanied masterclasses in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Alongside his work as a rehearsal director, he works privately as a musical coach for singers, and also has an intensive concert practice as a song accompanist and chamber musician, performing with many singers and instrumentalists. He has given concerts all over Europe, and in America (e.g. Carnegie Hall), Mexico and the Netherlands Antilles. He has made many recordings, including his debut CD Corazon with mezzo-soprano Tania Kross, which was awarded an Edison, the version of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin translated by Jan Rot, with tenor Marcel Beekman, and De Ballade van de Gasfitter by Klaas ten Holt, with baritone Mattijs van de Woerd.