Voice lessons

Individual voice lessons form an integral part of the DNOA programme as every singer wishes to reach his/her full potential, and to enjoy a sustainable career requires a high level of technical understanding and proficiency. To this end, the purpose of the lessons is to further develop and hone the individual’s vocal technique in such a way as to alleviate any issues and to facilitate further development.

In addition to ongoing technical work, the lessons also serve as a means to explore and prepare in detail the repertoire for both the performance and auditioning modules.

The singer has the opportunity in a nurturing and constructive environment to develop self-awareness and a sense of their parameters in such a way as to achieve a clear sense of their respective Fach (vocal identity), something that is essential for every singer.

The regular individual lessons can be with a teacher of choice at either one of the conservatories or with an external teacher, subject to the approval of the Artistic Leader.

The current roster of voice teachers includes:

Conservatorium van Amsterdam:
Sasja Hunnego

Royal Conservatoire the Hague:
Catrin Wyn-Davies; Frans Fisilier; Noa Frankel

External teachers:
Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet; Selma Harkink; Margreet Honig; Hanneke de Wit

Gerben van der Werf in Dutch National Opera’s production of Ritratto by Willem Jeths © Sanne Peper

“The DNOA is the Champions League in Arts education. It provides a unique and supportive environment for ambitious singers wanting to cross the gap between education and the international stage. Everyone on the programme can sing: the challenge at hand is how to use that skill to express oneself and communicate with others. An unexpected bonus: I have made friends for life.”

GERBEN VAN DER WERF, COUNTERTENOR

Useful resources

Our curriculum

Read more details about the curriculum, programme objectives and assessment criteria.

Financial support

Find out more information about financial support through scholarships and funds.

Our facilities

Find out about the facilities that our partner Universities offer in Amsterdam and the Hague.