Opera chief leads Brexit way to new passport

Opera chief leads Brexit way to new passport


norman lebrecht

June 28, 2016

It is reported that Nicolas Mansfield, director of Netherlands Touring Opera, has applied for a Dutch passport in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

It wll mean giving up his UK citizenship as the Dutch don’t permit dual nationality.

Many other Brits in the arts will follow suit.

We hear of a rush yesterday on the consular facilities at several London embassies.



  • Furzwängler says:

    So let them. They are unlikely to be missed.

  • Peter says:

    The language of music is international.
    The language of Brexit has too often been ugly, and insular in the wrong way.

  • Robert Holmén says:

    I presume it works for him because he is employed in the NL, but they don’t just issue passports to anybody, right?

  • Cab says:

    The Dutch do allow dual nationality. It depends if you become Dutch via naturalisation or an ‘optieverklaring’.