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Cécile van de Sant* Mezzo Soprano

Cécile van de Sant studied with Cora Canne Meijer at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam where she graduated Cum Laude and continued her studies in New York with Marlena Kleinmann Malas.


Recent engagements include among others the title role in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Nicholas McGegan; Civil Wars by Glass at the Holland Festival; Matthäus Passion with the Residentie Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden; Gluck/Berlioz Orphée with Orchestre des Pays de Savoie on tour in France; Verdi Requiem in Vredenburg Utrecht; Le Marteau sans Maître with Nieuw Ensemble for the 90th Birthday of Pierre Boulez; Alt-Rhapsodie with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in the Concertgebouw; Berg Sieben frühe Lieder and Der Wein with Göttingen Symphonie Orchester; Wozzeck in the Matinee Series of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Baroque arias with the Kölner Akademie in Istanbul and the title role in Falco’s oratorio “Santo Antonio” with Europa Galante under Fabio Biondi; Dutch premiere of Rihm Deus Passus and Mahler Symphony no. 3 with Göttingen Symphony Orchestra.

Her operatic roles include the Messagiera and Proserpina in L’Orfeo (Monteverdi) with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Speranza at the Teatro Liceu, Barcelona; Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck) with the Scottish Opera; Iphigénie en Tauride at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Liceu, Barcelona, Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte for Opéra National de Paris, Rossweisse in Die Walküre at the Dutch National Opera. Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) with the Orquestra Sinfónica de Balears in Palma, the title role of  La Cenerentola in Kaiserslautern and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) Opera Holland Park in London; Die Zauberflöte and Dido and Aeneas at Opéra de Lausanne. Scipio in Glanert’s Caligula in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel  (Humperdink) in Vredenburg Utrecht and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Concertgebouw, Olga in Eugen Onegin at the Nationale Reisopera and with Opera North; Kate in Owen Wingrave (Britten) at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. She sang numerous roles in Händel operas including Cyrus in Belshazzar and Irene in Atalanta with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco; Tauride in Arianna in Creta, Unulfo in Rodelinda, and Goffredo in Rinaldo with the Göttingen Händel Festival; Second harlot and the Queen of Sheba in Solomon with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare with Opera Ireland; the title role in Tamerlano in Utrecht and Amsterdam and Medea in Teseo at the Britten Theatre in London.

Cécile also performs extensively in concerts and oratorio such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the baton of John Nelson and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder under the baton of Neeme Järvi with the Residentie Orchestra, Bach’s Hohe Messe under Jordi Savall in Cuenca, Händel’s Messiah with the Residentie Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, Frank Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des  Cornets Christoph Rilke with Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Mahler’s Rückertlieder with Holland Symfonia, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony under Antonello Manacorda, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam under Jan Willem de Vriend, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius  with RTE in Dublin and the Dutch premiere of Deus Passus by Rihm with the Rotterdams Philharmonic Orchestra under Marcus Stenz.

She has worked with conductors including Ivor Bolton, Michael Schønwandt, Laurence Cummings, Richard Farnes, Claus Peter Flor, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Raymond Leppard, Nicholas McGegan, Kenneth Montgommery, Arnold Östman, Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden.

Highlights in season 2018-19 were for example Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (led by Pablo Heras-Casado) in the the Matinee series of the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and various oratorio solo performances.


In season 2019/20 Cécile van de Sant is again invited by the Matinee in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw in Aux Bords de Fleuve / Roussel, for various opera productions like at the Opera of Basel in Switzerland in Le vin herbé (Mère d'Iseut )of Frank Martin and in Peter Grimes (Mrs. Sedley) of Britten. Cécile also sings in many oratoria concerts.