EDUCATION

1961-1968        High School – Graduation 1968 - St.Nicolaaslyceum, Amsterdam

1969-1971        Law School - Vrije Universiteit (Free University), Amsterdam

1971-1972        Introductory Year Acting School – Theater school, Amsterdam

1972–1973        Speech- & acting training /Georgette Reyefsky, Amsterdam

EXPERIENCE Theatre

1971-1975      

Actor, director, designer, composer, writer, assistant-director at various Dutch theatre companies and

Dutch National Television:  a.o. Cabaret Lurelei, Cabaret Tekstpierement, Opera Forum (My Fair Lady) &

Pantomime theater Carrousel

EXPERIENCE Opera

1975 - 1985           

Assistant-Director and resident Director at the Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam               


1979 -                   

Debut as professional opera STAGE DIRECTOR, De Nederlandse Opera

THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF - G.C.Menotti


1980 - today          

Freelance opera stage director

In this period Mr. Nieuwenhuis directed operas and/or theatre projects in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Canada, USA, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. He also designed many of these projects.

See extensve list later on this bio


1990- 2011           

FOUNDER & GENERAL DIRECTOR Opera Studio Nederland,

(Formerly: IOCN / Internationaal  Opera Centrum Nederland)


2011-           

FOUNDER & GENERAL DIRECTOR Orfeo Foundation


VARIOUS ACTIVITIES

1990               

Research project for Dutch Ministry of Culture "Operastudios  in  Europa".          

An extensive report of all the current European Opera Studios and Young Artists Programs for Singers.

1991-1993       

Dutch National Arts Council : Member of Advisory Committee

1992-1993       

Dutch Chamber Opera : Artistic Director ad interim  

1992-2012       

Casting advisor, presenter & opera consultant:                          

Pathé Cinema Netherlands / Live Opera from the MET New York

Supierz Music Management / various projects

Joop van de Ende  Theaterprodcuties ( Mary Poppins, Fanthom of the Opera)


TEACHING / MASTER CLASSES

1992-2012       

Guest & Master class teacher in the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, Belgium,Italy, France, Russian Federation,

Estonia, Ukraine, Croatia, Austria, Turkey, China, Thailand and US


Yale University, New Haven, USA

Michigan University, Ann Arbor, USA

Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, USA

San Francisco Opera Center

San Francisco Conservatory

Canadian Opera Company, Toronto, Canada

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

New National Theatre, Tokyo, Japan

Music Conservatory Maastricht, Netherlands

Music Conservatory, Utrecht, Netherlands

Tchaikovsky Conservatory Moscow, Russia

Music Conservatory Tomsk, Russia

Music Conservatory ChengDu, China

Music Conservatory NinXia , China

Music Conservatory Izmir, Turkey

National Music Academy, Kiev, Ukraine

Opera Summer Program Un.of Northern Arizona in Fidenza, Italy

Opera Summer Program COSI - Sulmona, Italy

Academie de la Roche d’Hys - Vitteaux, France


JURY MEMBER AT INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS


1998 - today    

Hans Gabor Belvedere Wettbewerb, Vienna, Austria

Concorso Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy

Concours Festival de Marmande, Marmande France

Klaudia Taev Competition, Pärnu, Estonia

Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyrique, Montreal, Canada

Izmir Young Voice Opera Competition, Izmir, Turkey


OTHER SKILLS

                       Hans Nieuwenhuis plays various instruments: cello, guitar, lute.

                        He speaks and writes fluently in English, French, German and Italian.


CREDITS - OPERA  STAGE DIRECTOR           1979-2012


1979

THE OLD MAID AND THE THIEF - Gian Carlo Menotti

Nederlandse Opera -Amsterdam  - Studio-Ensemble

Designer: Nico Out / Hans Nieuwenhuis


1981

SATYAGRAHA - Philip Glass   

Art Park Festival Lewiston,  USA  & Brooklyn Acadamy of Music , New York,  USA

Designer: Bob Israel / Richard Riddell            


1981

RITA- Gaetano Donizetti   

Nederlandse Opera  Amsterdam - Studio-ensemble

Designer: Nico Out


1983

DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER- Otto Nicolai   

Opera Forum / Enschede, The Netherlandss

Designer: Huub van Gestel


DIDO AND AENEAS - Henry Purcell   

KRO- Television / Hilversum NL

Onder Meer Produkties / Film by Hilde van Oostrum

          

DIE LUSTIGEN WEIBER - Otto Nicolai

Nederlandse Opera  Amsterdam

Designer: Huub van Gestel


1984

IL TURCO IN ITALIA- Gioacchino Rossini         

Opera de Nice, France

Designer: Yasmina Bozin


1984

PARSIFAL- Richard Wagner

Nederlandse Opera  Amsterdam

Designer: Carl F. Oberle


1985

LA BOHèME - Giacomo Puccini

Nederlandse Opera  Amsterdam Studio - Ensemble

Designer: Hans Nieuwenhuis


1985

L'EROE CINESE - Johann Adolf Hasse

Holland Festival  / Amsterdam

Designer: Dagmar Schauberger

This production was broadcasted live by NOS-Television in the Netherlands and ZDF-Television in Germany.


1985-

LA TRAVIATA -  Guiseppe Verdi         

Canadian Opera - Toronto 

Designer: Cameron Porteous


1986

MIREILLE - Charles Gounod

Opera Belcanto / Velsen, The Netherlands

Designer: Hans Nieuwenhuis


MOZART, a testament

KOSMU- Utrecht, The Netherlands

Music & text:   W.A.Mozart

Designer: Greg Lawson

This project was conceived of the last three works of Mozart and his last letters


1987

DIE FLEDERMAUS - Johann Strauss jr.

Globe Theatre, Eindhoven NL

Designer: Paul Gallis


TALES OF HOFFMANN - Jacques Offenbach

Canadian Opera Toronto

Designer: Astrid Janson


LE BARON TZIGANE  (Zigeunerbaron) - Johann Strauss jr.

Opera de Nice, Nice, France

Designer: Huub van Gestel


1988

BASTIEN UND BASTIENNE- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart         

Staatsliedengreep Amsterdam

Design: Hans Nieuwenhuis


REALLITILLUSON / ZOE **-M.G.Bregent    / R.Desilets         

Canadian Opera Studio Ensemble  / Toronto, Canada

Designer: Hans Nieuwenhuis


PIQUE DAME - P.Chaikofski         

Canadian Opera, Toronto

Designer: Robert O'Hearn


RIGOLETTO - Guiseppe Verdi

Manitoba Opera, Canada

Designer: Lawrence Schafer


1989

IL RITORNO D'ULISSE IN PATRIA - Claudio Monteverdi         

Canadian Opera, Toronto

Designer: Hans Nieuwenhuis

Performing Version: Glen Wilson    


DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES - Francis Poulenc

Opera de Montreal, Canada

Designer: Wolfram Skalicki

Associate director with Lotfi Mansouri 


IL BARBIERE DI SEVIGLIA-Giovanni Paisiello         

Longbeach Opera, USA

Designer: Paul Gallis


CARMEN - Georges Bizet

San Francisco Opera, USA

Designer: Jay Kotcher

This production made an extensive tour in 1989-91 in the USA and  Japan


1990

LE BARON TZIGANE- Johann Strauss jr.         

Opera de Nice, France

Designer: Huub van Gestel

Choreographer :Daniel McLion


1991

DRAWERS- Tom Johnson

Opera Transparant Antwerp, Belgium

Designer : Jan Verstraeten


CARMEN - Georges Bizet

San Francisco Opera

Design: Jay Kotcher


THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA - Benjamin Britten

Chamber Opera Rotterdam

Design: Paul Gallis


1992

THE TALES OF ALHAMBRA ** - Jose-Luis Greco

Studio Theater Amsterdam

Design: Hans Nieuwenhuis


IL  BARBIERE Di SIVIGLIA - Gioacchino Rossini         

University of Michigan, USA

Design:  Astrid Janson


1993

DIE ZAUBERFLöTE - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart         

Festival Auvers-sur-Oise, France

Design:  Hans in 't Veld


1994

FIDELIO - Ludwig van Beethoven

Opera Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Design:  John Conklin 

This production was registered and broadcast by PBS Television in the USA.


1995

BLUEBEARD’S  CASTLE / LE DOCTEUR MIRACLE - Bela Bartok / Georges Bizet

Yale Opera Department, USA

Designer: Hans Nieuwenhuis


CABILDO ** - Amy Beach, 1932

Lincoln Center, New York , USA

Design: Hans Nieuwenhuis

This production was recorded and released by Chandos Records.


LA BOHèME - Giacomo Puccini

Opera Studio Nederland

Design: Hans Nieuwenhuis


HANSEL UND GRETEL - E. Humperdinck

Conservatory Maastricht NL

Design: The Indian Crew


1996           

HANSEL UND GRETEL - E. Humperdinck

Yale Opera, USA

Designer: Hans Nieuwenhuis

           

DIE FLEDERMAUS -J. Strauss jr.

Mozart Festival Oklahoma, USA                   

Semi-staged performance


1998           

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE - W.A.Mozart

San Francisco Opera Center, 

Design : Jay Kotcher


SALOME                                                 

Opera Colorado , Denver , USA

R.Strauss                                              

Designer : Jean Robertson


1999            

DEINE LIPPEN SIE KüSSEN SO HEIß.... -  J.Strauss , F.Léhar, R.Stolz  e.a.    

Muziektheater Transparant, Antwerp, Belgium

Co-director with Guy Coolen

            

DIE FLEDERMAUS - J.Strauss jr.

McGill Opera, Montreal, Canada

Design : Luc Prairie


2001           

DIE FLEDERMAUS - J.Strauss jr.

Poortersfestival, Amersfoort  NL   

Designer: Hans Nieuwenhuis


2002

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Gelders Orkest, Arnhem, NL

Semi staged performance


2003

L’HEURE ESPAGNOL / LES MAMELLES DE TERESIAS - Maurice Ravel/ Francis Poulenc

Curtis Opera,Philadelphia US

Design: David Evans Morris


2004

MY BEST FRIEND

Gergiev Festival, Rotterdam

The letters of Peter Tchaikofski & Nadezja von Meck. A dramatic reading. Concept, directing and narration.


2005

DER SCHAUSPIELDIREKTOR- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart      

Opera Studio Nederland

Designer: Hans Nieuwenhuis


2005

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Opera Studio Nederland

Semi staged performance

Co-production with Naarden Chamber Orchestra


2006

AYODHYA  ** - Somtow Sucharitkul                              

Bangkok Opera, Thailand 

Designer- C. Promadhattavedi


2006         

IL COMBATTIMENTO DI TANCREDI - Claudio Monteverdi

Opera Studio Nederland

Semi staged performanc

Co-production with Concertgebouw Amsterdam


2007

THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA - Benjamin Britten

Bangkok Opera, Thailand 

Designer- Hans Nieuwenhuis/ Daniel McLion

Co-production with Opera Studio Nederland &  National Opera Vietnam


2007

LA DESCENTE D’ORPHEE - Marc Antoine Charpentier

Opera Studio Nederland

Semi staged performanc

Co-production with Concertgebouw Amsterdam & Doelenzaal Rotterdam


2009

DIDO AND AENEAS - Henry Purcell

Opera Zuid, Maastricht NL 

Set- Hans Nieuwenhuis

Costumes – Robby Duiveman


2010

LE NOZZE DI FIGARO - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Hawaii Opera Theatre, Honolulu

Designer – Susan Benson


2011

DIE FLEDERMAUS - Johan Strauss jr.

International Opera Productions

Design – Madis Nurms

Co-production with National Opera Burgas – Bulgaria.

Touring production in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium & Luxemburg


2011

COSI FAN TUTTE - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Opera Studio Nederland/ Stage Director & Designer


2012

OPERA SCENES - Various composers

Yale Opera, New Haven, USA


2015

LA VOIX HUMAINE  -  Francis Poulenc 

MAPA STUDIO theatre - Haarlem - the Netherlands


DE NEDERLANDSE OPERA       

Assistant Stage Director     1975 – 1984



                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                          

















































world premieres are indicated by ••

Hans Nieuwenhuis revived various productions for the Nederlandse Opera:

1975/78Der Kaiser von Atlantis     V.Ullman        Revival Director /

                                                                                          Touring Company Manager Italy/ Israel / UK/ Belgium

1984        Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin    U. Zimmermann        Original production by Harry Kupfer

1985        Pique Dame                                      P.Tchaikofski       Original production by David Pountne

 
  1. R.Straus

F. von Suppé     

D. Milhaud     

V. Ullmann

T. Johnson

H. Purcell

  1. G.Verdi

  2. C.Floyd

  3. R.Strauss

  4. S.G. Donizetti

Hans Kox

  1. W.A. Mozart

  2. G.Puccini

Vlijmen/De Leeuw

  1. G.Donizetti

Peter Schat

  1. G.Verdi

  2. G.Pergolesi

  3. G.Rossini

  4. J.Offenbach

  5. G.Puccini

  6. V.Ullmann

  7. A.Schönberg

  8. R.Wagner

  9. S.Prokovief

  10. C.Floyd

  11. G.Bizet

  12. B.Britten

  13. R.Wagner

  14. R.Wagner

  15. J.Strauss

  16. G.Verdi

Peter Schat

Philip Glass

  1. G.Puccini

Peter Schat

  1. J.Massenet

  2. R.Wagner

  3. L.Janacek

  4. B.Britten

  5. P.Tchaikofski

Peter Schat

  1. G.Bizet

  2. H.Kox

  3. G.Rossini

  4. U.Zimmerman

  5. R.Wagner

  6. G.Puccini

  7. H.J. Gay / B. Britten

Lotfi Mansouri

Kurt Pscherer

Jan Bouws

Rhoda Levine

Jan Bouws

Federick Mirdita

Rhoda Levine

Rhoda Levine

Lotfi Mansouri

Frans Boerlage

Charles Hamilton

Jan Bouws

Bodo Igesz

Georg Reinhardt

Jan Bouws

Donya Feuer

John Copley

Renato Cappecchi

Renato Cappecchi

Ulrich Brecht

Lotfi Mansouri

Rhoda Levine

Rhoda Levine

John Cox

David Pountney

Rhoda Levine

Lotfi Mansouri

Jan Bouws

Götz Friedrich

Franz Marijnen

Günther Roth

Rhoda Levine

Anne Marie Prins

David Pountney

Jan Bouws

Anne Marie Prins

Rhoda Levine

Göran Järvefelt

Ladislav Stross

Elyah Moshinsky

David Pountney

Anne Marie Prins

Lotfi Mansouri

Charles Hamilton

Rhoda Levine

Harry Kupfer

Filippo Sanjust

Filippo Sanjust

Leon Major  

Cappriccio

Boccaccio

Les Malheurs d'Orphée

Kaiser von Atlantis **

Four Note Opera

Dido and Aeneas

Macbeth

Of mice and men

Ariadne auf Naxos

Don Pasquale

Dorian Gray

Cosi Fan Tutte

La Bohème

Axel **

Il campanello di Notte

Houdini **

Ballo in Maschera

Livietta e Tracollo

Cambiale di Matrimonio

Tales of hoffmann

Tosca

Kaiser von Atlantis

Pierrot Lunaire

Tannhäuser

The Gambler

Of Mice and Men

Carmen

Albert Herring

Tristan und Isolde

Fliegende Holländer

Die Fledermaus

Macbeth

AAP ( MONKEY) **

Satyagraha **

La Bohème

Houdini

Don Quichotte

Parsifal

Cunning little vixen

Peter Grimes

Pique Dame

Aap (monkey)

Carmen

Dorian Gray

Il turco in Italia

Schuhu

Lohengrin

Manon Lescaut

The Beggar's Opera     

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