SUSTER BERTKEN, HOLLAND FESTIVAL
Review by Hanny Alkema, Trouw - June 21th 2013
"The Flemish soprano Katrien Baerts has grown in the role of Bertken (she already sang it in 2010). Her voice and interpretation are nothing less than a revelation."
Review by Francois van den Anker, Place de l'Opera - June 20th 2013
"Soprano Katrien Baerts, who also sang the world premiere at the Concertgebouw in 2010, impressed with her singing and acting… The moment Suster Bertken in vision identifies with Mary, the combination of text, voice, music and stage became almost literally breathtaking. Bertken sang 'Mij kwam een schoon geluid in mijn oren' (A beautiful sound came to my ears) at that moment, lying on the stacked stones in front of her cell. Astoundingly beautiful."
Review by Max Arian, Theaterkrant **** - June 20th 2013
"He (Zuidam) wrote for her (Suster Bertken) brilliant, passionate and sometimes bombastic music, which the young Flemish soprano Katrien Baerts, who had sung the world premiere as well, performed beautifully and she also acted very convincingly and tormented as the bricked in nun."
Review by Mischa Spel, NRC Handelsblad **** - June 19th 2013
"It is not given to everyone to being able to focus outwards and to sing ecstatically about the 'spark' in your soul and 'that soothed child Jesus' while being surrounded by an ever-increasing ring of stones. But the Flemish soprano Katrien Baerts ensures with her adornment-free style and clarion-like clear sound, that as the listener you deeply engage with Bertken - if only out of fascination"
Review by Frits van der Waa, De Volkskrant **** - June 19th 2013
"Baerts again delivers a profound interpretation of the demanding leading role..."
Review by Erik Voermans, het Parool **** - June 19th 2013
"Soprano Katrien Baerts sang the heavy role with maximum and impressive dedication."
Interview with Erik Voermans (in Dutch), Het Parool - June 14th 2013
CD MCGONAGALL-LIEDER - CHALLENGE RECORDS
Review by Frits van der Waa, Volkskrant **** - November 6th 2013
"Although McGonagalls poetry is of a laughable quality, Zuidam takes him very seriously and pursues him in his sentimentality and exaltedness - but then in a contemporary way. Thereby Zuidam was seriously helped by the Belgian soprano Katrien Baerts, who had barely outgrown her infancy twelve years ago, but who meanwhile has emerged to Zuidam-interpreter and muse par excellence."
Review by Gerard Scheltens, Luister ***** - September 2013
"The vocal part is now reduced to the voice of the Flemish soprano Katrien Baerts, who possesses a maximum of virtuosity and expressiveness."
Review by Floris Don, NRC Handelsblad **** - June 27th 2013
"Baerts begins her homage literally with an admiring sigh, followed by an ecstatic enthusiasm starting off like a steam train. Her voice seems to dive around the bridge into glides, rising to gruesome height and then even higher. …
Baerts performs the loaded closing hymn with heartfelt intensity."
Review by Andrew Clements, The Guardian **** - June 26th 2013
Review by Andy Gill, The Independent **** - June 21st 2013
Review by Maarten Brandt, OpusKlassiek - June 2013
"Zuidam has been particularly lucky to come across the Flemish soprano Katrien Baerts - who has already shown what she is capable of in his opera Rage d'Amours and who sang the title role in his music drama Suster Bertken (2010), which she will perform again this Holland Festival in a production staged by Pierre Audi. What she achieves here concerning vocal and textual acrobatics is almost out of this world, although the music of Zuidam itself is extremely earthy. Concerning no matter what dynamic or agogic contrast, she knows how to - to put it in the terms of the main metaphor of this work - effortlessly 'bridge' everything, all with optimal empathy and concentration."
Review by Erik Voermans, Het Parool **** - May 30th 2013
"Asko|Schönberg plays it all fantastically, but the star of this recording is still the Flemish soprano Katrien Baerts, who seems to be able to do genuinely anything. She even makes a long sustained high F sound as if it is the most natural thing in the world.
In 2005, a performance of the McGonagall-Lieder took place at 'De Nederlandse Opera' in a staging by Guy Cassiers, back then with three sopranos (Claron McFadden, Barbara Hannigan and Younghee Kim). But Baerts can do it on her own."
Review by Wil Zenhorst, Mania - April 26th 2013
"Zuidam places the texts in an impressive space of sound with an important role for the piano duo Post&Mulder. These make the bridge to the text which is sung in an insinuating and impressive way by the Belgian soprano Katrien Baerts."
DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN, CONCERTGEBOUW
Review door Edoardo Saccenti, OperaClick - February 16th 2013
"Katrien Baerts disengages well in the role of the Voice of the Falcon and as Guardian of the Threshold."
BERG & ZEMLINSKY, FESTIVAL DE SAINTES
Review by Séverine Garnier, Sud-Ouest - July 16th 2012
"Sensual Katrien Baerts" "The soprano Katrien Baerts, powerful and sensual in the "Lieder" by Alban Berg, evolved in a setting of great expertise: Het Collectief …"
MCGONAGALL-LIEDER, MUZIEKGEBOUW AAN 'T IJ
Review by Richard Stuivenberg, allesoverkunst.nl - May 12th 2012
"At the beginning of the forth movement soprano Katrien Baerts, who has been singing work by Rob Zuidam more often, emptied the glass with 90 ping pong balls and angrily crashed some of them. She delivered a marvelous performance: she insinuatingly and brightly sang the poetry of William McGonagall in a sparkling version by Zuidam."
CANCIONES DEL ALMA, NTR ZATERDAGMATINEE
Review by Kasper Jansen, NRC Handelsblad - April 2nd 2012
"It is a fascinating monodrama for a high soprano - the fantastic Belgian Katrien Baerts - and deserves a staged performance with subtitling because of it's mystic atmosphere..."
Interview with Rob Zuidam by Joep Stapel, NRC Handelsblad - April 2nd 2012
"Katrien Baerts has a fantastic voice, but most stunning is the fact that I don't need to explain her anything about text interpretation, she reads really well what's written between the lines." … "Canciones del alma is like a stage in the Tour-de-France with eight mountain passes. But she has done a great job: hail."
CD SUSTER BERTKEN - ATTACCA
Review by Erik Voermans, Het Parool - May 2nd 2012
"But the finest of all is the next movement, 'Mi quam een schoon geluit', where soprano Katrien Baerts steals people's hearts in the role of Berta, with very soft and very yet very intensely sung phrases which are totally embedded in thin, extremely transparant sounds from the ensemble. … In 'Hemelsche opclimminghe' Katrien Baerts is stealing the limelight as well, now with a full, open soprano-sound."
Review by Anthony Fiumara, Trouw - January 31st 2012
"The young soprano Katrien Baerts is an incredible singer, who interprets the ecstatic assumption of her role sublimely."
Review by Wil Zenhorst, Mania - September 24th 2011
"In wonderful thin vocal lines Katrien Baerts interprets the texts of Suster Bertken, who leaves behind her earthly being."
Review by Muziek Centrum Nederland - July 29th 2011
"Wonderful to listen to, splendidly executed."
QUEEN ELISABETH COMPETITION
Interview Stamp Media - June 2nd 2011
Interviews Cobra - May 2011
Interview "Belang van Limburg" - February 22nd 2011
RAGE D'AMOURS, RESIDENTIE ORKEST
Documentary "The Making of" - January 7th 2012
Review by Eric Wisse - December 14th 2010
"Am still vibrating after the fantastic and intense performance of last Sunday in The Hague. I didn't know what happened to me. So much talent gathered, so much rage, I was carried along by the whole of sounds and images until I seemed to transcend myself, af the moment when the bird after the end flies by in the background.
Your vocal dominance made a strong impression, such a crescendo in the height, swelling and decreasing...the wickerwork of barning sounds, so organically, story-telling and full of drama... You sang the impossible and made poetry with the orchestra.
I know this is also the result of working very hard (although I still wonder if you are not secretly a group of Gods and angels). But don't forget what might happen to the listener, who suddenly gets involved...this! ;)"
SUSTER BERTKEN, NTR ZATERDAGMATINEE
Review by Frederike Berntsen, De Telegraaf - December 6th 2010
"While Claessens is piling stones - a symbolic start of Bertken's hermitage - at the feet of Katrien Baerts, this soprano transforms into the mystic from Utrecht. Dressed in a white robe and brown jacket she sings herself, dramatically high and oppressive, loose from her eartly being. Her thin and meditative vocal lines are wonderful."
Review by Frits van der Waa, Volkskrant - December 6th 2010
"Katrien Baerts here glorifies with a pristine and enchanting sound,
which is unmistakably based on a strong technical base. Baerts will be needing this next weekend, because next to Suster Bertken she will also be performing an important part in Rage d'amours, which will know two concert performances in The Hague."
Review by Erik Voermans, Het Parool - December 6th 2010
"The music is magnificent, soprano Katrien Baerts sings the role of Bertken beautifully."
LUNCH CONCERT, CONCERTGEBOUW
Review by Jordi Kooiman, operamagazine.nl - February 18th 2010
"When Katrien Baerts and Matevz Kadiz play a scene from Les Mamelles de Théresias by Poulenc, it's drawing everyone's attention. Therewith we have named the peak of this concert. With her funny appearence and clear voice (what a height) Baerts convinces everyone."
ALBERT HERRING, KEES VAN BAARENZAAL
Review by Mark Duijnstee, operanederland.nl - January 17th 2010
"The Belgian coloratura soprano Katrien Baerts thrills and twitters splendidly as the chaste Miss Wordsworth and is comical in her scene in the second act."
INTERVIEWS OPERA DEBUT
Interview "Radio Vlaanderen Internationaal" - January 24th 2009
Interview "Belang van Limburg" - January 12th 2009
OPERA RECITAL, SNEEK
Review by Gerben Bergstra, Friesch Dagblad - October 11th 2008
"... but also deeply serious as in Bellin's aria where Julia thinks of her Romeo. Hereby the soprano Katrien Baerts left a strong impression ... Humurous was the feminist aria 'No mister husband' by which the soprano Katrien Baerts shone again."