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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 2016/17 season includes Pergolesi's Stabat Mater at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the St. John Passion with Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam, as well as Les Illuminations by Britten in Switzerland. Further on Ms. Baerts will perform with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and the Residentie Orkest. This season Ms. Baerts will sing in the music theatre play Die Fremden by NTGent and the Ruhrtriënnale, and perform the role of The Woman in House of the Sleeping Beauties by Kris Defoort in Japan.
Past engagements include Ms. Baerts' debut at the National Opera in Amsterdam in a new production of Lulu as well as several world premières: at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as Clara in Loevendie's opera The Rise of Spinoza and as the title role in Zuidam's Suster Bertken. In Jakarta Indonesia Ms. Baerts created the title role of Prabowo's dance-opera Gandari. Further roles include Micaëla in Carmen, 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.
Her concert repertoire includes the Grosse Messe in c minor by Mozart, Die Jahreszeiten by Haydn, Mahler's 4th Symphony and Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Klangforum Wien. Ms. Baerts' triumphant debut at the Barbican Center in London was enthusiastically received by the press. She toured with the program of her latest and worldwide acclaimed album of Alban Berg's Sieben frühe Lieder and the Maeterlinck Lieder by Zemlinsky together with Het Collectief and Maestro Reinbert de Leeuw. In recital, Ms. Baerts is frequently heard with her piano accompanist Bart Verheyen, with whom she has been a guest on several radio channels and Dutch National Television.
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. 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.
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