“I want to stay true to my ideals in choosing to attribute the funds attached to this Prize, to supporting the younger generation of Dutch composers, opera directors and designers. It is a field that is hard to address and towards which I feel the need to devote more attention.

Together with colleagues from both DNO, the HF and a couple of independent advisers, I wish to commission a young composer to write a new chamber opera in collaboration with a production team that has hitherto not had the benefit of this kind of exposure and challenge. I would coach the project personally and convince both organisations to produce the work. The Prize money would be shared between commissioning fees and a part of the production costs.”

Pierre Audi