Biographies Dutch National Opera Studio 2019 - 2020

The following young artists started on 1 September 2019:


Daan Boertien is a Dutch concert pianist with a special interest in song accompaniment. He recieved his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Amsterdam Conservatory. Following his graduation, Daan studied ‘Liedgestaltung’ at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. Daan Boertien won a prize at the Princess Christinaconcours (2010), the ‘Kunst aan de Dijk Prijs voor Jong Talent’ (2016), the Audience Award in the finals of Dutch Classical Talent (2018), the first Lied Duo Prize in the Gustav-Mahler-Wettbewerb together with Geng Lee, as well as prizes for best accompanist (2018) and the DAAD-Prize (2019). He performs frequently in the Netherlands and abroad, and he is a regular guest on Dutch radio and television.

‘I am very happy to be here with such great singers. I am looking forward to work with a lot of different professionals including directors, conductors and language coaches. That way you can learn to listen to the music in different ways and accompany singers from different perspectives.’


Dutch baritone Frederik Bergman finished his studies at the Conservatory of Tilburg in 2012. Frederik received coaching from Dutch bass-baritone Harry Peeters for a number of years. In 2017 he started coaching sessions with Rosemary Joshua. This resulted in his first collaboration with Dutch National Opera, where he sung Abraham in Clemency (2018), Hermann in Les contes d’Hoffmann (2018) and Le berger in Pelléas et Mélisande (2019). He has also performed with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Nederlandse Reisopera. This season, he will perform in Opera Zuid’s Die Zauberflöte.

Telling a story and holding the audience’s attention for a long time is really an art. I am sure that I can learn about that during my time at the Opera Studio. Also I’m looking forward to working together with this amazing group.


Australian pianist and conductor Lochlan Brown started his studies at the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School. He moved to New York to pursue a Masters at Mannes College with a double major in orchestral conducting and collaborative piano, where he was awarded the Newton Swift Piano Award for accompanying and chamber music. Lochlan was part of the musical staff of various companies in New York before relocating to Rome to spend a year as a Fabbrica Maestro Collaboratore at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Lochlan has served as assistant conductor for numerous productions at the Miami Music Festival of Manhattan School of Music.

DNO has a reputation for really exciting innovative projects and I love that. I can’t wait to work together with the singers intensively. If you make an opera together it’s important to be involved in the process that singers go through.


Sam Carl was born in London to Californian-British parents. He has studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he was a 2018 Samling Scholar, and has participated in a number of masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson. He has performed as soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Die Schöpfung, Messa di Gloria en Verdi’s Requiem. He was a 2019 Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has sung Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Secret Police Agent in Menotti’s The Consul, Betto di Signa in Gianni Schicchi and Lord Dunmow in A Dinner Engagement.

‘I really want to focus on my vocal technique and bring it to the highest level. Also I want to learn about storytelling. It feels good to have Rosemary Joshua as our teacher here because she can empathize with us as performers.


Sopraan Verity Wingate is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Royal Academy of Music. She was also a scholar of the Alvarez Young Artist Programme, Samling Institute and Mendelssohn Foundation. Verity made her opera debut in the role of Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Garsington Opera. She has also sung solo recitals at the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, and the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. She was awarded Garsington Opera’s prestigious Leonard Ingram Award and also received the Paul Hamburger Prize. Recently she performed in Il matrimonio segreto at Dutch National Opera.

Rosemary is one of the best people in the industry, especially as a teacher. I think I can learn a lot from her about stage craft. It’s difficult to truly embody a role at all the necessary moments, especially in a rehearsal environment. I hope to learn more about that this year.

Julietta Aleksanyan

aged 22 - soprano

The Armenian soprano Julietta Aleksanyan studied at the Yerevan State Conservatory and has won prizes at many international competitions, including the N. Rimsky-Korsakov Competition in Russia and the Belvedere Competition in South Africa. Since 2017, she has been a soloist with the Yerevan State Opera, where she recently sang the role of Manon in Massenet’s opera of the same name. In September this year, she will sing Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, in Dubai, and Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Dutch National Opera at the beginning of the season.

‘I’m really happy that I can participate in the Dutch National Opera Studio. I love this opera house and would like to be part of it. I want to develop as much as possible during this programme: hone my skills, learn more about opera, master more languages and work with fantastic teachers, conductors and directors. In short, I want to become a professional and flexible opera singer’.

Martin Mkhize

aged 29 - baritone

The South-African baritone Martin Mkhize studied at the University of Cape Town. He won first prize and the audience award at the Shock Foundation, a singing competition at the University of Cape Town, was a semi-finalist at the Neue Stimmen Competition 2018 and received a nomination for ‘Best male actor’ at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Nomination for his interpretation of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. This summer, Martin sang the role of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Opera Studio at the Bregenzer Festspiele, and this season he will be singing the role of Un ufficiale in the same opera with Dutch National Opera.

‘Dutch National Opera is one of the best opera houses in Europe. But my main reason for participating in the Dutch National Opera Studio is the training experience I can gain through it as a young artist. I hope to broaden my repertoire, gain stage experience and work on my singing technique’.

Lucas van Lierop

aged 29 - tenor

The tenor Lucas van Lierop was born in Hilversum, but grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vocal Performance from McGill University in Montréal, and completed his Master in Musical Arts at Yale University in 2017. Van Lierop has sung as a soloist with Helikon Opera in Moscow and performed with Dutch National Opera last season in Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency.

‘Dutch National Opera is one of the best opera houses in the world, and the training it provides is unparalleled. As I’ve already worked with part of the Studio’s artistic team during Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency, I’ve already been able to experience something of the training, insights and coaching I’ll be receiving at the Studio. Rosemary Joshua is known to be one of the best teachers you can work with. In my lessons with her, it became apparent that she speaks my language and that she can really help me develop my voice. I hope that I can learn as much as possible from her and leave the Studio with a few roles that are polished and ready for international performance’.

Polly Leech

aged 26 – mezzo-soprano

Before focusing on singing, British mezzo-soprano Polly Leech studied Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She then went on to get her Master of Vocal Performance from the Royal College of Music in London, and she participated in the National Opera Studio in London for one year. She took masterclasses with her great role models Sarah Connolly and Joyce DiDonato. She recently sang Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with Pop-Up Opera, and was nominated ‘Breakthrough Artist’ in British opera, in the annual WhatsOnStage awards; a category that is usually dominated by soloists from ROH Covent Garden and other big British opera houses.

‘I believe that participating in the Dutch National Opera Studio perfectly bridges the gap between training and a professional career in opera. Amsterdam is such a beautiful city and I’m really looking forward to the European way of life! Rosemary has got all sorts of wonderful things planned for the Studio, and it’s sure to be a challenging but very instructive year. Dutch National Opera is a fantastic opera company and the coming season looks really exciting. I’m looking forward to being a part of it’.