BachPlus on 25 September

Next Sunday I will join BachPlus led by Bart Naessens. What a last-minute wonderful surprise to be singing with such a beautiful ensemble!

We will perform a program of wedding cantatas, BWV 196, 197, 250, 251 and 252. I’d love to tell you much more about the subject but Koen Uvin can do that much better if you listen to his podcast (in Flamish).

Click here for the podcast. More information about tickets and location can be found here.

Concert 7 October with Michela Amici

On the 7th of October Michela and I will perform a program of beautiful Italian Baroque music by female composers. For tickets and practical information click here!

Michela and I have been a duo in the past few years and had coachings with the iconic Christina Pluhar, mostly known for her ensemble l´Arpeggiata. The early Italian baroque offers a lot of elegant music, but mostly the music from male composers is heard in concert halls today. Luckily female composers have made an uprise in the last few years and Michela and I are happy to be part of this movement.

Most female composers in Italy in the 17th century were nuns who had the time and means to compose. Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704) is a wonderful example of that. She published a lot of music throughout her life and because of her long life developed her style to go with the times. We’re excited to perform her relatively unknown but beautiful work “Nive Puer”.

Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini are exceptions to the rule and were non-nun-composers. Strozzi had coachings with Francesco Cavalli and added her own dramatic flare to the style she adapted from him. Francesca learned the craft through her father Giulio Caccini. Her upbeat, light, strophic songs are a nice counterpart to the music of full on dramaqueen Barbara Strozzi.

We hope to see you there!

Thank you to Stichting Eigen Muziekinstrument for helping Michela purchase her baroque harp and creating opportunities for us to create perform our concert programs.

Postponed: J.S. Bach – The Apocalypse

— The opera that Bach never wrote —

The last few months working on this project was amazing. Meeting lots of kind people who inspire me so much and together exploring the dramatic power that Bach’s music has and putting it in this almost horror (in the best way) opera was quite the experience. ❤

Unfortunately due to covid measures it’s impossible to give this opera the audience that it deserves. Which is why after the première last Wednesday, the project is postponed to 2024. But it will happen.. it has to happen! 💥

Messiah tour canceled

Unfortunately another cancelation post because of the corona measures. The planned Messiah tour led by Johannes Leertouwer is not going to happen. With the current rules it is very hard for the team – actually impossible – to reorganise all events to the afternoon and sell enough tickets.

Hopefully stages will open soon and we will all be able to enjoy live music again without too many rules or fear. Stay safe!

Next Generation Festival Canceled

Due to the current measures of the government, the Next Generation Festival in Amare – the new conservatory of the Hague – is canceled. The festival was organized in such a way that the audience could move around and enjoy catering as well. Unfortunately that means it is not possible with the current restrictions. Luckily there will be other concerts next week on the agenda. For more info click here.

Livestream tonight – Collegium Vocale Gent

Tonight at 6pm I will sing with Collegium Vocale Gent in Teatr Wielki in Warsaw. You can listen by clicking here.
We will perform:
Symphony of Psalms – I. Stravinsky
Requiem – G. Fauré
Begräbnisgesäng – J. Brahms

Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
Collegium Vocale Gent
Dorothee Mields – Soprano
Krešimir Stražanac – Baritone

National commemmoration 15th of August 1945

Today was the national commemoration day of the end of world war II in the kingdom of the Netherlands. On this day we commemorate all the people who suffered in the Dutch East Indies. I had the pleasure of singing in this beautiful program with the Amare Vocal Ensemble. If you want to (re)watch the broadcast, click here.