"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 her acclaimed debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in the title role of the world première of Suster Bertken (Zuidam - CD 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, Etienne Siebens and Otto Tausk. She received several prizes and entered the semi-finals at the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Voice in 2011.
Her concert repertoire includes amongst others the Weihnachtsoratorium (Bach), Te Deum (Dvořák), Věčné Evangelium (Janáček), Akhmatova Lieder (Kurtág), Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé (Ravel), the McGonagall-Lieder (Zuidam - CD by Challenge Records) and the world première of Canciones del Alma and Requiem (Zuidam - DVD by Challenge Records). A new recording will be released in June 2014 with Het Collectief conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw of the Sieben frühe Lieder (Berg) and the Maeterlinck Lieder (Zemlinsky) by Fuga Libera.
Since 2006 Katrien frequently gives recitals in duo with her regular piano accompanist Bart Verheyen. Together they were 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. Their repertoire includes the more common Lied oeuvre as well as rarely-performed cycles as Harawi by Olivier Messiaen and their program 'In Exile', consisting of songs by composers who fled to America during the Holocaust. In June 2013 they were guests at the program 'Vrije Geluiden' by the VPRO on Dutch National Television.
Upcoming engagements include amongst others Katrien's debut at the Barbican Centre in London with music by Birtwistle, two world premières by Wim Laman (Vredenburg) and Theo Loevendie (Concertgebouw), Micaëla in Carmen (Haarlem) and Katriens debut at De Nederlandse Opera in a new production of Lulu.
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