Launching successful and sustained careers in opera

A partnership of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, the Dutch National Opera Academy is a two-year master’s programme for highly talented young opera singers, focusing on the integration of singing and acting.

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Upcoming performances

Carl Heinrich Graun
Cleopatra e Cesare
December 2021 – Dutch Première

A production of the opera composed for the opening of the Berlin’s court opera house in 1742 led by the General Director of English Touring Opera, James Conway and the British conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny.

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The DNOA is a master’s programme offered by the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire The Hague.

Applications to join the programme in 2022 close on 31 January 2022.

Our programme

Our master’s programme is devised to bridge the gap between formal studies and successful entry to the operatic profession. Find out more about what our programme offers.

Opera performances

The DNOA presents a rich schedule of public performances which include full productions, programmes of staged scenes and concerts.


A recent collaboration with the Residentie Orkest featuring scenes from Mozart’s operas conducted by the young German conductor Felix Bender.

The programme was recorded live in the Zuiderstandtheater, Den Haag on 20. January 2021 features scenes from Ascanio in Alba, Così fan tutte, Don Giovanni, La finta Giardiniera, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte.

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About DNOA

The DNOA is dedicated to the development of young opera singers. Our international team of experienced and accomplished staff strive to produce opera graduates that are technically secure, artistically confident and personally resilient. 

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What our students say

“My time at DNOA was memorable, intense, sometimes stressful, but most of all rewarding and eye-opening. DNOA is not an ordinary master’s program. I was challenged to find my own path, discover what makes me unique as a singer. On this journey, I received guidance from the wonderful DNOA staff as well as my colleagues. They advise you and help you along the way but also give you the power to make decisions. You have control over how much progress you make, it is your commitment and ability to use their feedback that brings you to the next level. DNOA offers a wide-ranging programme showing the students what the ‘real world’ might look like, all with a clear goal: being flexible and well prepared in any situation that crosses your path. I entered the DNOA as a student but left as an artist with a suitcase full of knowledge and experience, which I believe is key in this artform.”

Linsey Coppens, mezzo soprano – currently a member of the Opernstudio Staatsoper Stuttgart