The Chorus of the Dutch National Opera is a professional ensemble whose members are also regularly given the chance to perform as soloists. In addition to mainstream repertoire, the chorus has participated in a number of world premieres.
It has also garnered praise for its critically acclaimed contribution to a production of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron (in Amsterdam and Salzburg), for which the chorus was awarded the 1996 Prix d’amis by the Friends of the Dutch National Opera. More recent milestones include Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise (which it also performed at the BBC Proms), Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh (which won the 2012 Opera Award for best production) and various productions in collaboration with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the most recent being Verdi’s Falstaff with Daniele Gatti in June 2014 and the concert performances of Wagner’s Lohengrin under the direction of Sir Mark Elder in December 2015.
Ching-Lien Wu was appointed artistic director on 1 September 2014. The Chorus of the Dutch National Opera was named Best Opera Chorus by Opernwelt in 2016.