Stijn Schoonderwoerd will succeed Els van der Plas as general director of Dutch National Opera & Ballet with effect from 1 February 2021. Together with director of Dutch National Opera Sophie de Lint and director of Dutch National Ballet Ted Brandsen, he will be part of the management and collegial board of NO&B
Artistic world top
Schoonderwoerd (54) himself sees various reasons for making the switch. He calls the National Opera & Ballet the “most beautiful organization in the entire cultural sector”: “The organization has so much craftsmanship and artistic quality in house. Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet are among the world’s top artistic artists, and it is exciting to be able to contribute to this ”. He feels a responsibility to maintain and further develop this top position together with his management colleagues.
No unknown territory
National Opera & Ballet is no unknown territory for Schoonderwoerd due to previous positions. He was, for example, business director of Dutch National Ballet and co-director of Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, which merged into Dutch National Opera & Ballet. He was also director of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra / Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the permanent orchestra of Dutch National Opera, and financial manager of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, also a partner orchestra of Dutch National Opera.
From 2014, Schoonderwoerd was general director of the National Museum of World Cultures, the new museum that arose from the merger of the Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and the Afrika Museum, which was realized under his leadership, and since 2017 also of the Wereldmuseum Rotterdam.