Katrien Baerts, Soprano


'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 2014/15 season includes her debut at the Dutch National Opera in a new production of Lulu. Further on she will perform the Grosse Messe in c minor by Mozart and Birtwistle's Nine settings of Celan with Klangforum Wien. She will perform 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 new opera Gandari in Jakarta Indonesia.

Ms. Baerts recently 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.

Season 2012/13 included Stimme des Falken, Hüter der Schwelle and erste Dienerin in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Concertgebouw conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and the title role in the acclaimed retake of Suster Bertken by Zuidam at the Holland Festival in a staging by Pierre Audi. Next to opera this season included the Weihnachtsoratorium with the Amsterdams Bach Consort, a German Lied recital and chamber music concerts throughout Belgium, the Netherlands and Austria. She ended the season at Opera Festa performing Amina in La sonnambula.

Further roles include Despina in Così fan tutte, Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring 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 and the Bosch Requiem. 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 obtained a Masters degree at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in both voice and violin.

September 2014

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