Our facilities 

Established in 1996 by the Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) and the University of Arts The Hague (Hogeschool der Kunsten Den Haag, formerly Hogeschool voor Beeldende Kunst, Muziek en Dans), the DNOA is a partnership of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague.

The purpose of the undertaking is to combine the resources of two top-level institutions in order to provide an effective and comprehensive training for emerging operatic artists. Today this model is still in place and has an enviable track record of success. Sharing the expertise and facilities of two institutions is a luxurious advantage.

The programme in its current form evolved under the direction of the renowned Scottish tenor Alexander Oliver, who was Artistic Leader in the period 1999 – 2016.

An exciting development in 2021 will be the opening of the new educational and cultural complex “Amare” at the centre of The Hague. This state-of-the-art complex will be home to the Residentie Orkest, the Nederlands Dans Theater, and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, while the new theatre spaces will serve as performance venues for future collaborations with the DNOA.

Our locations

The DNOA benefits from being based in Amsterdam and the Hague, two of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities in Europe.