The management of Dutch National Opera (DNO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Damià Carbonell Nicolau as head of Artistic Affairs at Dutch National Opera, effective from January 2019. He will succeed Jesús Iglesias Noriega, who has held this position since May 2012.

Damià Carbonell has been working at the Teatro Real in Madrid as deputy artistic director since November 2013. He has been mainly responsible for the casting and programming together with the artistic director Joan Matabosch.

Damià Carbonell on his new position: ‘After 12 years of working in the Spanish opera world, I am looking forward to this new challenge in Amsterdam. Dutch National Opera is one of the most important opera companies worldwide and creates, produces and presents productions of the highest quality. I am very pleased with the opportunity to join DNO’s team. And I look forward to using my experience in opera management and casting in order to contribute to their success. I am sure it will be a fantastic adventure.’

Director Sophie de Lint of the Dutch National Opera: ‘I am delighted that Damià Carbonell will be joining Dutch National Opera & Ballet as our new head of Artistic Affairs of DNO. Having worked as deputy artistic director at Teatro Real in Madrid, he has strong experience in casting, planning and budgeting. I am confident that he will be a great fit for the company and I am looking forward to working with him.’

Damià Carbonell Nicolau (1977) studied Piano and Music Theory at the Conservatory in Barcelona. He also studied Cultural Management and Music Business Management at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona. He began his career in 2004 as coordinator of Cultural activities at the "Friends of the Liceu" Foundation. In 2006 Damià Carbonell Nicolau joined the department of Artistic Affairs at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, where he was appointed deputy artistic director in 2011. Since November 2013 he has been working as deputy artistic director at the Teatro Real in Madrid.

Photo portrait:  Ariadni Kalemis