The following young artists will start on 1 September 2020:


Dutch bass-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. At the Nederlandse Reisopera he sang in La Bohème and at Opera Zuid he sang in Die Zauberflöte. This season at DNO, he sings the role of Jacob Epstein in the world premiere of Willem Jeth’s Ritratto and the Gamekeeper in Rusalka. Next season, Frederik will also make his debut at the Royal Concertgebouw during the ZaterdagMatinee. Here he will sing the role of Stárek in the opera Jenufa. Later that season he will sing different roles at DNO, including Brander in La Damnation de Faust.

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. He recently had his European debut, conducting a production of Bernstein’s Candide with the Lithuanian National Opera. This season at Dutch National Opera, Lochlan has served on the music staff of Nabucco and Ritratto. Next season, he will be the second repetiteur for Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.

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.


Bass-baritone 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 MessiahDie SchöpfungMessa di Gloria and 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. In 2020, he makes his DNO debut as Filippo Marinetti in Ritratto. In the same year, he will compete in the 2020 final rounds of the Belvedere Competition in Jurmala, Latvia. Next season, he will return to DNO in the roles of Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro and Lesbo in Agrippina. He will also sing the role of 2nd Sacerdote in Il Prigioniero under Franck Ollu in The Concertgebouw.

‘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.


Soprano 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 sang the role of Elisetta in Il matrimonio segreto and Anna in Nabucco at Dutch National Opera. In 2020, she sings the lead role of Luisa Casati in the world premiere of Willem Jeths’ Ritratto and Frasquita in Carmen.

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.


Mezzo-soprano Maya Gour, who has both an Israeli and a Portuguese background, completed her musical education at the Mannes School of Music in New York City. In the season 2019/2020, she sang the role of Tisbe in La Cenerentola at the Seattle Opera, the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Sacramento Philharmonic and the role of Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel at the Music Academy of the West. Other roles in her repertoire include Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia by Britten, which she sang in Oslo, the child in Ravel’s L’enfant et les Sortilèges and the Abdes in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. She has been a Young Artist at the Sarasota Opera. It is with great pleasure that we welcome her to the Dutch National Opera this season.

'Being with the Opera Studio is going to be intense and demanding, but it is exactly what I need right now: learning a ton of music, practicing my singing, working with amazing people and getting the opportunity to perform on a regular basis.'


Tenor Jose Simerilla Romero from Buenos Aires, Argentina was a part of the Young Artist programs of the Houston Grand Opera, the L.A. Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. He has participated in several famous vocal competitions, masterclasses and was recently awarded a scholarship from the New York Opera Foundation to continue his studies with the Dutch National Opera Studio. We are happy to have this exciting young tenor with us this season.

'I think the Opera Studio can help me make the transition from young artist to professional, because I can rehearse and perform a lot and I get the chance to meet other singers and directors at Dutch National Opera.'


Baritone Maksym Nazarenko from Kiev, Ukraine, has just completed his studies at the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music (Kiev Conservatory). In 2014, he won the first prize at the Ubelskaya Lastochka singing competition in Minsk, Belarus. In 2019, he was a finalist at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Vocal Competition in Vienna and won the first prize at the vocal competition in Kiev which bears the name of the baritone Vasily Slipak, who is a Ukrainian hero. 


The Russian pianist and harpsichordist Luba Podgayskaya, who has lived in The Netherlands since 2008, will succeed Daan Boertien as trainee-repetitor. After graduating from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, she studied piano, harpsichord and accompaniment at the conservatoria of The Hague and Amsterdam. She has already gained experience as a rehearsal pianist at Opera Zuid and the ‘Rotterdam Operadagen’. Luba is fluent in Dutch, English and Russian. We look forward to having her onboard the team at the Dutch National Opera Studio.

'During my time at the Opera Studio, I want to be my best self every day and I want to enjoy what I am doing right now. This is not even a goal, because it is already happening!'