Auditions for Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency

Young opera singers can apply for auditions to be held on October 24 & 26, 2017

These auditions are open to young opera singers who would like to sing in the double-bill Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency. These short operas are composed by Leonard Bernstein and James MacMillan, respectively. This is a production of Dutch National Opera talent and will be performed in March 2018 in Amsterdam.

Audition dates Tuesday 24th of October 2017 from 14:00-18:00;
Thursday 26th, of October 2017 from 14:00-18:00h
Location Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam
Requirements This audition is for young opera singers at an international opera studio level, interested in singing a role in the double bill production of the operas Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein, and Clemency by James MacMillan. This double bill is a production of the Dutch National Opera talent
Age limit Female voices born after 1st of January 1987, and male voices born after 1st of January 1985
Nationality Singers with a European Union nationality, or a work permit for the Netherlands, may apply
Application deadline 1st of October 2017
Two periods: Workshop 21st to 27th of January 2017
Production between 12th of February and 25th of March 2018
(Please find more detailed production dates below)

Your application for the audition will only be considered if you are below the age limit, and available for both periods under the financial conditions mentioned below.

In the event that you would like to apply for this audition on one of the two possible dates, please send your application to attaching your:

  • CV
  • Photo
  • (link to) a video recording, preferably with a fragment or aria/song by Bernstein or MacMillan
  • copy passport

We reserve the right to preselect, based on the number of applications.

In the event that you are invited for the audition, you will be required to bring one aria, or a fragment from Trouble in Tahiti by Bernstein and/or Clemency by MacMillan and two arias of your choice, of which one is in the English language.

Available roles

Trouble in Tahiti
Sam - (bass-)bariton
Dinah - Mezzo soprano
Greek chorus - Soprano/Tenor/Bariton

Sarah - Soprano
Abraham - Bariton
The Triplets - Tenor/Tenor/Bariton


Singers who are invited for a role after the audition will receive a talent fee of € 3.000,- gross in total, plus two return tickets (one for the workshop, and one for the production), limited to a maximum of € 300,- per ticket. Dutch National Opera will cover accommodation expenses as well.

Creative team

Conductor - Duncan Ward
Director - Ted Huffman
Set and costumes - the winning team of the Dutch Opera Design Award
Light design - tbc
Video design - tbc
Orchestra - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (Nederlands Kamer Orkest)

Schedule production

Workshop - 21st to 27th of Januari 2018
Vocal coaches and language coaches will work with the young singers on American 20th century repertoire in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. The workshop is a collaboration between the International Vocal Competition, Den Bosch and Dutch National Opera talent.

Production - between 12th of February and 25th of March 2018
Start rehearsals 12th of February 2018;
Three guaranteed performances: March 22nd, 24th, 25th (afternoon) 2018. A success option is reserved for the evening of 25th of March 2018.

Check this page for more information about the operas:

Trouble in Tahiti/Clemency