About me

AboutMeWhen I was seven and a half my friend let me listen to ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, when I got home that afternoon I told my mum “I’m gonna be an opera singer when I grow up!”. Half a year later I started singing lessons and I never stopped. I started with a youth choir, singing parts in (amongst others) the ‘Carmina Burana’ and the ‘Matthäus Passion’. When I was sixteen I left the choir and switched teachers.  Through the years I also took some courses in musical and for five years I combined my classical singing with jazz & pop, but my love for classical music always remained the strongest. I participated in ‘Classical Idols’, which was organized by the ‘Gelders Opera and Operette Gezelschap’ (GOOG) and that’s how I ended up singing with them for the next half a dozen years. With them I sang in a lot of different productions and concerts, in the choir as well as in the vocal ensemble. I got the part of Contessa in Stichting Simurgh’s dutch version of Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’, an opera that toured different theatres and open air locations throughout Gelderland. I also started as lead singer in an Irish folk band called ‘FiddleeDee’. I started my studies at the Conservatory of Utrecht in 2009 where for my first two years I studied with Charlotte Margiono and now am studying with Karin van der Poel. It is there that I met composition student Anne-Maartje Lemereis with whom I wrote and played the classical children’s production ‘Lena’s Shadowplay’. I sang in the Yo! Opera festival, and taught improvisation, drama and singing at ‘Musical OpMaat’, a musical course for children between 8 and 12 years old. I went on to sing as Airspirit in Holland Opera’s ‘The Tempest’, a location opera at Fort Rhijnauwen with music by Henry Purcell and Chiel Meijering. In may 2014 I worked with the art collective ‘De Waterlanders’ for the opening show of the peace fire ceremony, a crossover show with breakdance, art and classical music. I sang as a soloist in all kinds of concerts. As of april 2015 I graduated my bachelor studies at the Conservatory of Utrecht.