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…

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Mirsa Adami


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

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Klaus Bertisch

Master Research

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

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Florence Daguerre de Hureaux

Coach (French repertoire)

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

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Marisa Grande

Body and Space Awareness

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

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Daniël van Klaveren

Acting Skills

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

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Manfred Kokmeijer

Productions & Operations Manager

Having worked as a Graphic Designer with many leading international design agencies, Manfred…

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Marta Liébana


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

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Ulrich Maier

Coach (German repertoire)

From Würzburg, the conductor and pianist Ulrich Cornelius Maier studied orchestral conducting at…

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Peter Nilsson

Head of Music

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

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Coach (Italian repertoire)

A new Coach (Italian repertoire) will join the DNOA team soon...

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Education Coordinator & Assistant to the Artistic Leader

A new Education Coordinator & Assistant to the Artistic Leader will join the DNOA team soon...

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The Board

Janneke van der Wijk

Director Conservatorium van Amsterdam

Henk van der Meulen

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.