Manoj Kamps | Conductor, theatre maker and composer
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Manoj Kamps

Musical direction, co-creation

Manoj Kamps is a queer conductor, curator and theatre maker. They have conducted and/or co-created many world and Dutch premieres, including Hilda Paredes' Harriet (Amsterdam, Mexico, Lyon and Antwerp), MILA, Great Sorcerer by Andrea Clearfield (Prototype Festival New York), the chamber opera Be With Me Now (Festival d'Aix-en-Provence), and Philip Venables’ The Gender Agenda with Asko|Schönberg, as well as works by Michel van der Aa, Louis Andriessen, Anna Clyne, Seung-Won Oh and Calliope Tsoupaki, among others. Kamps has conducted productions with the Orchestra of the 18th Century (Così fan tutte), Opera North (La traviata, Giulio Cesare), the Nederlandse Reisopera/Veenfabriek (The Fairy Queen) and concerts with Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam, among others. They were Junior Fellow in Orchestral Conducting (2015-2017) at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and took master classes with Bernard Haitink, Sir Mark Elder and Carlo Rizzi, among others. Kamps was previously involved with Dutch National Opera as conductor and co-creator in 2020 (FAUST [working title]), and at the Opera Forward Festival in 2022 (world premiere of I have missed you forever).

  • In March 2024, Manoj Kamps is musical director and co-creator of the opera The Shell Trial at DNO  

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