"Katrien Baerts glorifies with a pristine and enchanting sound, which is unmistakably based on a strong technical base." (Volkskrant)
Rising young Belgian soprano Katrien Baerts started her musical career with a masters degree in both violin and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. After graduating with distinction, she joined the Dutch National Opera Academy, where she performed roles as Despina in Così fan tutte (Mozart), Annio in La clemenza di Tito (Mozart), Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring (Britten), and Amore and Valletto in l'Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi). Further roles include Amina in La Sonnambula (Bellini), Stimme des Falken, Hüter der Schwelle and 1e Dienerin in die Frau ohne Schatten (Strauss) at the ZaterdagMatinee, Johanna II in Rage d'Amours (Zuidam) and the acclaimed title role of the world première of Suster Bertken (Zuidam - recording by Attacca), resumed at Holland Festival 2013 in staging by Pierre Audi.
Katrien has been working with conductors such as Jonathan Berman, Reinbert de Leeuw, Richard Egarr, Jakub Hrůša, Vladimir Jurowski, Oliver Knussen, Henrik Schaefer and Otto Tausk. She received several prizes and entered the semi-finals at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Voice in 2011.
Being a versatile singer, Katrien performs in opera and oratoria, as well as in contemporary and chamber music. Her concert repertoire includes amongst others the Weihnachtsoratorium (Bach), Sieben frühe Lieder (Berg), Te Deum (Dvořák), Věčné Evangelium (Janáček), Akhmatova Lieder (Kurtág), Maeterlinck Lieder (Zemlinsky), the McGonagall-Lieder (Zuidam - recording by Challenge Records) and the world première of Canciones del Alma and Requiem (Zuidam). Since 2006 Katrien frequently gives recitals with her regular piano accompanist Bart Verheyen.
Upcoming engagements include amongst others Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé by Ravel with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Katrien's debut at the Barbican Center in London with music by Birtwistle and her debut at De Nederlandse Opera in a new production of Lulu.
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