Please Note: Application deadline for 2020 is 2 December 2019


» Live Auditions for the academic year 2020-2021 will be held from 7 to 9 February 2020.
» The Application deadline is 2 December 2019.

The selection procedure consists of three rounds:

ROUND 1 (preselection):
A preselection will be made based on the material submitted with the application. Prospective candidates will be informed by 20 December 2019 whether they are invited to do a live audition or not. 

ROUND 2 (live audition, 7 & 8 February 2020):
The objective of this round is to see whether your vocal skills meet the requirements of the intensive program.

What to prepare: If invited to the live auditions, you should prepare four arias in contrasting styles and at least three different languages. Furthermore, one aria/scene should include a recitative. And a short text (for example a monologue or poem) to be recited from memory in a language of the candidate's choice.

At the end of this round you will hear whether you pass to the final round or not. 

ROUND 3 (9 February 2020) :
The objective of this round is to gain insight in your performing skills.

What to prepare: This round of auditions consists of a movement lesson and a drama lesson, for which no specific preparations have to be made, and individual coaching sessions for which you can choose your own repertoire, which can be the same material as in the live auditions, or different works of your choosing.

Round 3 will include also a short interview in which motivation and expectations will be discussed.

interviews with Holland based singers, might take place on Monday February 10 between 10-12 hrs. Please keep that timeslot available when you are selected for the live-auditions and live in Holland.


The application-form requires the upload of a number of documents. Therefore please have the following digital documents ready before you start filling in the form. (Please make sure documents do not exceed 1mb):

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Copy of diploma(s).
  • Copy of your passport.
  • Portrait photo.
  • Links to two video recordings of contrasting arias 
  • A written statement outlining your reasons for choosing to study at the DNOA

If you have any questions, please e-mail Marjolein Niels: marjolein.niels(at)