Katrien Baerts, Soprano


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'Her voice and interpretation are nothing less than a revelation' - Trouw

Belgian soprano Katrien Baerts has been noted for her powerful and sensual voice as well as for her profound interpretation and heartfelt intensity.

Her 2015/16 season includes a revival of the Indonesian dance opera Gandari at the Frankfurter Buchmesse and a tour around the Netherlands with the jazz opera Koeien with the ICP Orchestra. Further on Ms. Baerts will perform Mendelssohn's second symphony Lobgesang with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Die Jahreszeiten by Haydn. As an avid chamber musician she will be performing a Russian chamber music program including the Seven Romances by Shostakovich as well as the impressive song cycle Harawi by Messiaen. This season also includes a tour of her latest and world-wide acclaimed album of Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder and the Maeterlinck Lieder by Zemlinsky.

Season 2014/15 included Ms. Baerts debut at the Dutch National Opera in a new production of Lulu, as well as two world premières: as Clara in Loevendie's new opera The Rise of Spinoza at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and as the title role in Prabowo's dance opera Gandari in Jakarta Indonesia. Further on she performed Mahler's 4th Symphony and Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Grosse Messe in c minor by Mozart, Birtwistle's Nine settings of Celan with Klangforum Wien and excerpts of the Kafka-Fragmente by Kurtág as an invitation of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Ms. Baerts made a triumphant debut at the Barbican Center in London with Cantata and other music by Birtwistle. Of this concert the Telegraph reported, "Birtwistle’s vocal lines often sound like pole-vaulting for the voice, but Baerts performed hair-raising feats of vocal agility again and again without turning a hair, and made them sound richly musical". Other highlights of the 2013/14 season included a new cd of Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder and the Maeterlinck Lieder by Zemlinsky with the Belgian ensemble Het Collectief and Maestro Reinbert de Leeuw. Further on she made her debut at the Aldeburgh Festival singing An Mathilde by Dallapiccola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Oliver Knussen and sang Dvořak's Te Deum at the Concertgebouw. Ms. Baerts ended the season debuting as Micaëla in Carmen at Opera aan het Spaarne.

Further roles include Amina in La sonnambula, Despina in Così fan tutte, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring, Stimme des Falken and Hüter der Schwelle in Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Amore and Valletto in l'Incoronazione di Poppea. An immense song cycle for coloratura soprano and orchestra, Canciones del Alma, was written especially for her by Rob Zuidam and premièred at the Concertgebouw. Ms. Baerts has made several recordings of his music including the McGonagall-Lieder, as well as the world première of the title role in his opera Suster Bertken. In recital, Katrien Baerts is frequently heard with her piano accompanist Bart Verheyen, with whom she has been a guest on Dutch National Television. As a duo they like to perform less known gems from music history and to put the standard repertoire in a new light.

Ms. Baerts is a graduate of the Dutch National Opera Academy and was selected to take part at the 'International Lied Masterclasses' by Udo Reinemann and guest professors as Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, Roger Vignoles and Edith Wiens. She was a semi-finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and obtained a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in both voice and violin.

July 2015

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