Dutch National Opera Studio

Dutch National Opera Studio

The Dutch National Opera Studio, started in 2018, is a young artists programme in The Netherlands, 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.


Julietta Aleksanyan en Polly Leech in La Cenerentola © BAUS
Pelléas et Mélisande - Frederik Bergman © BAUS
Tahnhauser - Lucas van Lierop © Monika Rittershaus
Madama Butterfly - Martin Mkhize © BAUS

The Studio Members

The Opera Studio Members of season 2019-2020 are: Daan Boertien (Repetiteur), Frederik Bergman (Baritone), Julietta Aleksanyan (Soprano), Lochlan Brown (Repetiteur), Lucas Van Lierop (Tenore), Martin Mkhize (Baritone), Polly Leech (Mezzo Soprano), Sam Carl (Bass Baritone), Verity Wingate (Soprano).


Biographies 2019-2020


About the Studio

The programme 2019 - 2020 supports 7 singers and 2 répétiteurs, all of whom, will be employed on a full-time basis as salaried members of Dutch National Opera for up to a two year period. The young Artists will be immersed into the professional life of the company and mentored through every aspect of their career development in an individually tailor-made program.

Dutch National Opera Studio offers to the young singers extensive musical, language and vocal coaching with experienced music staff, leading international voice teachers and conductors along with some of the finest directors of our generation. The artists participate in both main stage productions, as well as Studio productions, recitals and concert/educational work.

The pianist/répétiteur of the Opera Studio is coached by the music staff of Dutch National Opera and mentored by DNO’s Chief Conductor as well as guest conductors. The pianist/répétiteur participates in every aspect of the preparation of opera and is fully involved in all Studio activities.


In the press

Il matrimonio segreto

At the end of June 2019, Opera Studio closed the season with a well-received production by Monique Wagemakers of Il matrimonio segreto.

"Singing talents seduce the audience in 'Il Matrimonio Segreto' (...) The staging gave the six singing talents from the National Opera Studio every chance to win the audience over. (...) The future of opera in the Netherlands looks bright with such talents." - NRC ****


Audition 2020-2021

Auditions for the Dutch National Opera Studio season 2020 – 2021 are closed.
Audition for next season 2021 - 2022 will open at the end of Summer / Autumn 2020 on this webpage.


Il matrimonio segreto. credits Michel Schnater

Rosemary Joshua

Head of the Dutch National Opera Studio

Rosemary Joshua was appointed head of the Dutch National Opera Studio in September 2018 to help create a brand new, relevant international programme that supports and represents some of the most brilliant talents of the new generation.

The Opera Studio Members of season 2018-2019 are:

Top row: Polly Leech, Erik Garcia, Gloria Giurgolla, Julietta Aleksanyan, Martin Mkhize.

Bottom row: Cody Queattlebaum, artistic leader Opera Studio - Rosemary Joshua, Lucas van Lierop

Biographies 2018 - 2019

Photocredits: Hans van de Bogaard

Dutch National Opera Studio is an initiative of Dutch National Opera, in collaboration with the Nederlandse Reisopera and Opera Zuid, which provides young artists with opportunities to participate in their projects.

Dutch National Opera Studio receives financial support from:


Pieter Houbolt Fonds