Hans Nieuwenhuis studied law at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, before devoting his professional life to the theater as an actor, designer, writer and ultimately as a stage director. He made his directing debut with the Netherlands Opera in 1979 and was a resident stage director for this company from 1979 -1984, directing new productions and several world premieres.
His international career started in 1981 with the staging the USA premiere of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha for the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and the Art Park Festival (Lewiston, NY). After that he directed more than 80 productions around the world. He worked for L’Opéra de Nice in France, The Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Manitoba Opera, L’Opéra de Montreal, Opera Colorado, Long Beach Opera, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Western Opera Theater, Opera Omaha, Lincoln Center New York, Pacific Opera Victoria (Canada), Bangkok Opera and many other companies in Europe, Asia and North America.
During the last three decades Hans Nieuwenhuis has devoted himself to aspiring young opera singers: he has taught and directed for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, the San Francisco Opera Merola Program, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Yale University and Michigan University in the USA, McGill University in Montreal, the music conservatories in Utrecht, Amsterdam and Maastricht in the Netherlands, the Sichuan Conservatory and the Ninxia Conservatory in China and the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium in Moscow. He is also a regular guest teacher at the Opera Studio of the National Theatre in Tokyo and has given Master Classes in the Netherlands, USA, Thailand, Russia, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Italy, France, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Japan, Ukraine, Oman and China. He is also active as a guest teacher, speaker, casting advisor and opera consultant. This season he directed La Voix Humaine by Poulenc in Haarlem, The Netherlands.
Hans Nieuwenhuis has been a jury member at many prestigious singers competitions: the Hans Gabor-Belvedere Competition in Vienna, the Marmande Competition in France, the Arena di Verona Competition in Italy, the Jeunes Ambassaseurs Lyrique in Canada, the Young Opera Singers Competition in Izmir, Turkey, the Klaudia Taev Competition in Estonia and several other competitions. Last season he was a judge for the Dutch IVC Competition in Den Bosch and every year he is member of the Selection Committee for Les Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in various cities in Canada.
Mr. Nieuwenhuis was founder and, from 1992 to 2011, General Director of OPERA STUDIO NEDERLAND in Amsterdam. Mr. Nieuwenhuis is currently General Director of the Orfeo Foundation, an international organization established to promote collaboration between young artists programs around the world and to advising young opera singers.
In April 2012 Hans Nieuwenhuis was appointed Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau by Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his work in opera, theater and music.