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Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Dutch National Opera & Ballet

The Art of Auditioning

How to prepare & train for an audition with Rosemary Joshua

03 - 06 July 2023

Dutch National Opera & Ballet


Singers spend many years in the early stages of their careers auditioning. In this workshop we will discuss how choosing suitable repertoire and preparing a carefully selected package of diverse arias will be the first step to success.


During this workshop the singers will learn how to take any aria out of its operatic context and deliver in a few minutes the desired atmosphere, emotional content and to access a very specific character . The tools and techniques that help singers acquire these skills such as mental preparation is as important as the physical and vocal work that is requires. All will be tackled over the course of the workshop . The repertoire must fit both vocally and physically. These chosen arias must exploit the complete vocal range and not expose weaknesses.


Eight singers will be guided under a microscope to improve their skills with specific tools that help develop their confidence to perform under pressure.


Rosemary Joshua and guest mentor will be assisted by members of the music staff at Dutch National Opera to provide an intensive 4 days of preparation which will include a recital of arias during a concert organised by Dutch National Opera and culminating in an audition to the casting committee of the DNO at the end of the week. The final audition will be recorded in order to provide the singers with material for future use and the singers will be provided with valuable feedback.


 Practical informations


Date: From July 2nd to 6th 2023

Place: Dutch National Opera


 Application process


- the artist must be connected to one of the 12 enoa member institutions

- the artist must contact her sending institution, which decides if they recommend her application

- if recommanded, the artist must send their application to their sending institution contact and to Moni Kösters, Executive Producer, Education Department at the following email: operatalent@operaballet.nl

- the network assumes the responsibility for the training fees, the costs of accommodation and travel

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to their personal situation.


The enoa network is actively seeking to support artists currently under-represented in the opera world for historical, cultural or social reasons.

More information on enoa’s commitments




- Number of participants: 8

- Positions reserved for participants supported by enoa organisations: 8


 Artistic requirements


Application requirements:


All voice types are welcome to apply


If your application is supported by an enoa partner, please include this in your email and confirm your referring institution. Please send:

• a bio

•  a motivation letter

•  video recordings (max. 3, try to get a first impression)