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.


The Studio Members 2020-2021

The Opera Studio Members of season 2020-2021 are: Verity Wingate (British soprano), Maya Gour (Israeli-Portuguese mezzo soprano), Jose Simerilla Romero (Argentinian tenor), Maksym Nazarenko (Ukrainian baritone), Frederik Bergman (Dutch bass baritone), Sam Carl (British bass baritone), Lochlan Brown (Australian répétiteur) and Luba Podgayskaya (Dutch-Russian répetiteur).

Biographies 2020-2021   

Julietta Aleksanyan en Polly Leech in La Cenerentola © BAUS
Pelléas et Mélisande - Frederik Bergman © BAUS
Madama Butterfly - Martin Mkhize © BAUS

About the Studio

The programme 2020 - 2021 supports 6 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.

Il matrimonio segreto. credits Michel Schnater

Audition 2021/2022

The audition application proces for Singers for the Dutch National Opera Studio season 2021 - 2022 is now closed.
The application proces for Repetiteurs is not available yet. Please check regulary on this website.

Audition Opera Studio Singers


Auditions Dutch National Opera Studio November 2019
Inside the Opera Studio: Workshopping Mozart - Frederik Bergman & Rosemary Joshua
Inside the Opera Studio: Workshopping Mozart - Maya Gour & Rosemary Joshua
Inside the Opera Studio: Workshopping Mozart - Sam Carl & Rosemary Joshua

Productions with Dutch National Opera Studio


In the press

Il matrimonio segreto - NRC ★★★★

"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.


Ritratto - Het Parool

"The melodies are beautiful and are sung by the vocal soloists, all from the Dutch National Opera Studio. Soprano Verity Wingate attracts almost all the attention in the title role, but the others are also superb singers. Magnificent are the costumes of Jan Taminiau and the sets of Marc Warning. What a joining of talent!"

Rosemary Joshua

Head of the Dutch National Opera Studio

The internationally renowned soprano 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.

Rosemary Joshua’s career has spanned over three decades as a singer. She  has  appeared on all the main international stages in the world  in roles such  as Adele Die Fledermaus, (Metropolitan opera) Bystrouška Het Sluwe Vosje and Tytania A Midsummer Night's Dream (La Scala di Milano), Anne Trulove The Rake's Progress (ROH Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Brussels de Munt), Oscar Un ballo in maschera (DNO), Despina Cosi fan tutte (ROH Covent Garden, LA Phil/ Dudamel ) Susanna Le nozze di Figaro (Glyndebourne, Koeln, Bayerische Staatsoper München, Welsh National Opera, ENO). Her extensive concert repertoire has been in  collaboration  with some of the greatest conductors including  Sir Simon Rattle , Gustavo Dudamel ,  Sir Mark Elder , Vladimir Jorowski, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sir Collin Davis.

Rosemary Joshua made a name for herself above all as a specialist Handel interpreter from  her debut in Aix-en-Provence  in 1996 as Angelica Orlando with William Christie(also in ROH Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper München),Cleopatra Giulio Cesare (TCE Paris, Florida Grand Opera), Poppea Agrippina (Oper Köln, Brussels de Munt, TCE Paris), Ginevra Ariodante (San Diego Opera, Bolshoi Theatre Moscow), Nitocris Belshazzar (Aix-en-Provence festival, Staatsoper Berlin, Innsbruck festival), title role Semele (Aix-en-Provence and Innsbruck festival, Köln , ENO  and Partenope ENO) and  has an extensive discography in the baroque repertoire .

Rosemary has been teaching, coaching and advising  young singers since 2015 and collaborates frequently with  various Young artists programs,  including The Zürich Opera Studio and The Bolshoi young artists program. She was appointed as head of the Dutch National Opera Studio in September 2018,  helping to create a brand new, relevant international program supporting and representing some of the brightest talents of the new generation.

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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