Our team

DNOA students have the opportunity to work with a wide range of well-established and respected specialists from the international opera scene. Meet our staff members and teachers. 

Paul McNamara

Artistic Leader

From Ireland, Paul McNamara has sung in theatres throughout Europe where his many notable successes…

Read More

Maddalena Deichmann

Producer/ Production & Operations Manager

Maddalena joins the DNOA after many years of collaboration with the Music Academy International…

Read More

Peter Nilsson

Head of Music

Born in Chicago, Peter Nilsson attended the University of Illinois, where he studied accompanying…

Read More

Daan Boertien


Daan Boertien is a Dutch concert pianist who specializes in song accompaniment. He recently…

Read More

Valentina di Taranto

Coach (Italian)

Following her classical education in Treviso, Italy, Valentina di Taranto studied composition at…

Read More

Florence Daguerre de Hureaux

Coach (French repertoire)

Born in Paris, Florence graduated from Nice University and subsequently trained as a singer at the…

Read More

Freek den Hartogh

Freek den Hartogh is an actor, director, and composer. He graduated in 2009 as an actor and got his…

Read More

Christina Domnick

Coach (German repertoire)

The collaborative pianist, coach and conductor Christina Domnick has worked in several important…

Read More

Daniël van Klaveren

Acting Skills

Daniël van Klaveren (1983) is an actor, writer, director and teacher. In 2005 he graduated as an…

Read More

Mirsa Adami


From Albania, the pianist Mirsa Adami’s association with the DNOA began in 2000.  During fifteen…

Read More

Marisa Grande

Body and Space Awareness

Marisa Grande is a dance and voice artist in the field of improvisation and contemporary dance. She…

Read More

Klaus Bertisch

Master Research

Klaus Bertisch studied English and German language and literature, theory of education and art…

Read More

Marta Liébana


Marta Liébana began her piano studies at the Professional Conservatory of Music in Getafe, Madrid,…

Read More

Dorine Jansma

Dorine is a teacher of oboe and methodology at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, as well as a study…

Read More

The Board

Okke Westdorp

Director Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Lies Colman

Director Royal Conservatoire The Hague

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.