Nationale Opera & Ballet: Young Opera Chorus Singers

Nationale Opera & Ballet in Amsterdam is looking for Young Opera Chorus Singers for a to be determined number of hours per week | Vacancy for a Paid position, Freelance/ZZP | Deadline: 08-08-2022

Dutch National Opera & Ballet is one of The Netherlands’ largest cultural organisations and is located in the heart of Amsterdam. In our theatre, magic is created on stage. With over 600 colleagues of 30 nationalities we work together every day to create opera and ballet productions. Every detail counts, which is why we value craftsmanship in every part of our organization. Do you want to contribute?

We are looking for auditioners for

Young Opera Chorus Singers

to be determined

Audition for Young Opera Chorus Singers (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and small solo roles (bass-baritones and basses)

For the production of ANIMAL FARM
By Alexander Raskatov

Audition dates:

  • Monday September 5. 2022 (11.30-16.00h)
  • Wednesday September 7. 2022 (11.30-16.00h)

This audition is for young opera singers that are at opera studio level or have completed (or nearly completed) their conservatory studies and are interested in singing in the talent chorus in the new opera Animal Farm by Alexander Raskatov, a production by the Dutch National Opera; Only singers from the EER countries or with a work permit for the Netherlands may apply.

Production period: 18. January – 16. March, 2023
Please find more detailed production periods below.

Your application for the audition will only be considered if you are available for the complete period under the conditions mentioned below.

In the event that you are invited for the audition, you will be required to bring 2 arias or one aria and one song, with at least one in English. One of the works should be composed after 1950 and display your familiarity with contemporary music. Furthermore, we may ask you to prepare a fragment of the score which will be sent to you when you are invited for the audition. Sight reading will be tested in the audition.

Singers who are invited for the chorus after the audition will receive a talent fee of € 3.000,- gross in total, plus travel costs up to a maximum of € 500,-. The remuneration for the solo roles will be communicated later.

Please note, the Dutch National Opera will not pay for accommodation. All singers will also receive a passe-partout for the Opera Forward Festival 2023 and some masterclasses given by members of the artistic team.

Opera in two acts, nine scenes and an epilogue
Libretto Ian Burton
Musical direction Bassem Akiki
Stage direction Damiano Michieletto
Set Paolo Fantin
Costumes Klaus Bruns
Lighting Alessandro Carletti
Choreography Thomas Wilhelm
Dramaturgy Wout van Tongeren, Luc Joosten

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Talent chorus of Dutch National Opera (24 chorus singers) and solo roles (4 bass-baritones/basses)
Chorus master: Edward Ananian-Cooper

Schedule production:

  • Musical rehearsals period January 18. until January 26.
  • Stage rehearsals period January 28. until March 1.
  • Performance dates: 3 (premiere), 5 (matinée), 8, 10, 12 (matinée), 14 and 16 March 2022.

Information about the chorus and story
The chorus will consist of 24 young singers. The music will be sung in English. The chorus will be on stage most of the time.

Orwell’s masterpiece transformed into an epic opera
George Orwell wrote Animal Farm as a contemporary cautionary parable, highlighting how easy it was for the Russian revolution to degenerate into Stalin’s violent dictatorship. The warning in Orwell’s political satire remains relevant today. “All animals are equal but some are more equal than others” – the world news keeps offering up subtle variations on the same theme.

Damiano Michieletto had always dreamt of adapting Animal Farm, with its powerful characterizations and surprising twists and turns, for the opera stage. In Alexander Raskatov he found the perfect composer for his dream project.

Raskatov himself is no stranger to adapting fiction to opera. In 2010, he adapted the literary masterpiece A Dog’s Heart, creating a compelling and fiery musical piece that was unlike any other. In Animal Farm, Raskatov also incorporates his own allusions to Russia’s fraught political history.

More info:

Final date for applications: August 8. 2022.

In the event that you would like to apply for the audition, please send your application to, attaching your:

  • CV;
  • Photo;
  • Copy passport;
  • Video recording of an aria or song.

Please mention which date you prefer to do the audition.
We reserve the right to preselect, based on the number of applications.


Please do not make use of this vacancy for acquisition purposes

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