Belgian soprano Ilse Eerens began her vocal studies at the age of 14 at the Lemmens Institute in Louvain/Belgium. She then joined the New Opera Academy in The Netherlands and graduated with an MA degree, as a student of Jard van Nes.
Most recent successes include the lead role of Marianne in HK Gruber’s Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald at the Bregenzer Festspiele and Theater an der Wien, the title-role in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen at the Opéra National de Lyon, her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Kitchenboy in Rusalka, her role debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Despina in Cosi fan tutte and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, both with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Celia in Lucio Silla with the Insula orchestra in Versailles, Aix-en-Provence, Theater an der Wien and the Philharmonie de Paris, the soprano part in Lady Sarashina by Péter Eötvös at Opera Narodowa/Teatr Wielki in Warsaw and at the Opéra National de Lyon and the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s new work Nach dem Sturm with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with concerts in Tokyo, Luxemburg and the Philharmonie Berlin.
A regular guest at La Monnaie in Brussels, her roles for this house have included Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Jemmy in a concert version of Guillaume Tell (also at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam), Noémie in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Antigone in Enescu’s Oedipe, Amanda in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, a part she has also performed at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and at the Adelaide Music Festival in Australia.
Much in demand as a concert singer, Ilse Eerens’ repertoire encompasses Bach’s Passions, Oratorios and Cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten, Mozart’s Requiem, Davide Penitente and Great Mass in c-minor, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Honegger’s Le roi David, Mahler’s 2nd and 4th Symphonies, Dvořák’s Requiem and Stabat Mater, which she also recorded with Philippe Herreweghe. The latter was awarded “Record of the Month” in July 2013 by Gramophone Magazine.
She has appeared with many leading orchestras, such as the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Dutch Radio Orchestra , Orchestre National de Lille, Brussels Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa and conductors such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hartmut Haenchen, Paolo Olmi, Michael Boder, Michael Schonwandt, Kenneth Montgomery, Mark Wigglesworth, Jaap van Zweden, Frans Bruggen and Evelino Pidò.
In the 2016/17 season, Ms Eerens will return to Theater an der Wien as Matilda in Rossini’s Elisabetta, regina d’Inghilterra, conducted by Jean-Christoph Spinosi, to the Opera de Lyon as La Vierge in Honegger’s Jeanne au Bûcher, to the Theater Klagenfurt as Pamina, to Opera Narodowa in Warsaw in the title role of Hosokawa’s Matsukaze in Sasha Waltz’ internationally celebrated production, sing Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées under Philippe Herreweghe, Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic in Utrecht and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Peter Dijkstra, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Kazushi Ono, his Paulus with the MDR Sinfonieorchester, record Hosokawa’s Nach dem Sturm with the Orquesta Sinfonia de Euskadi and Jun Maerkl and appear at the Takefu Festival in Japan in several concerts, featuring works by Schubert and Berg.
Awards include the Arleen Auger prize in the International Vocal Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands, where she was the only the finalist who excelled in all the three categories of Opera, Oratorio and Lieder, and the 3rd prize at the ARD Musikwettbewerb 2006.
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