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Charlotte Riedijk* Soprano


Charlotte Riedijk has worked with many of today's leading conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Stefan Asbury, Ingo Metzmacher, Hartmut Haenchen, Lev Markiz, Emilio Pomárico, Julian Reynolds, Peter Rundel, Etienne Siebens, Ed Spanjaard and Lucas Vis and has performed with the Flemish Radio Orchestra, Dutch Radio Philharmonic, Holland Symfonia, the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, the WDR Symphony Orchestra of Cologne, the Swedish Radio Symphony, the Stockholm Royal Philharmonic amongst others throughout Europe.


Solo and duo

Riedijk has sung as a guest soloist with leading European ensembles including Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, the Asko Ensemble, Schönberg Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Kammerensemble (Stockholm), the Osiris Piano Trio and the Altenberg Trio of Vienna. In June 2008 she and her duo partner, pianist Ellen Corver, made a successful debut at the Musikverein in Vienna.


She has performed works dedicated to her by various composers at the Holland Festival, Graz, Frankfurt, Viitasaari, Finland, and at the Stockholm New Music Festival.


Guest performances

Following her debut at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 2001, where she sang Messiaen's Harawi accompanied by Joanna MacGregor - her performance was acclaimed by the press as 'the best classical concert in Ireland in 2001' - and she was immediately invited back for 2002 and 2003 editions of the festival. Since then she regularly returned to Ireland, performing, among others, music by Shostakovitch, Dowland, Torstensson and Jörg Widmann.


In 2004-2005, two major works especially written for Riedijk (In grosser Sehnsucht, for soprano and piano trio by Klas Torstensson and Deep Blue Marine, for two percussion, harp, actress and soprano by Klaas de Vries) were premiered successfully in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 2010 she appeared again in a work composed especially for her by René Samson: Splinters for soprano and orchestra with Holland Symfonia.



Some highlights in the past seasons were a series of Poulenc's La voix humaine with the Holland Symfonia (staged by Monique Wagemakers), a tour of Scandinavia with the Osiris Trio, concerts with Vienna's Altenberg Trio, a solo opera production based on In grosser Sehnsucht with Opera OT as part of the 2007 Rotterdam Opera Days Festival, a new chamber opera by Rob Zuidam (Der Hund), the world premiere and Dutch tour of Param Vir's new opera Black Feather Rising (produced by the Octopus Foundation, October 2008), several performances of Elliott Carter’s masterpiece A Mirror on Which To Dwell and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Ensemble Insomnio at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The year 2009 included several appearances at the Toonfestival Brabant, Torstensson's opera The Expedition in Stockholm, Sweden, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (April 2009), concerts with the Orchestra of Padova (March 2009), Italy and the Emanon Ensemble at the Flanders Festival, Mechelen. In the Delft Chamber Music Festival she appeared with, amongst others, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Liza Ferschtman, Dimitri Ferschtman and Enrico Pace in works of Debussy, Shostakovich and Ravel. Furthermore there was a tour through the US with Cello Octet Amsterdam.


Recent engagements were with New Ensemble in Hong Kong, conducted by Ed Spanjaard, Berio Folksongs with members of the Arhnem Philharmonic Orchestra, with the Valerius Ensemble, Nationale Reisopera in La Voix Humaine etc. She also performed works by Klas Torstensson with Asko|Schönberg, Pierrot Lunaire by Schönberg with Ensemble Insomnio in Germany and with Conservatoire Chengdu in China and she gave performances with the Noord Nederlands Orchestra of the Sinfonia by Berio, conducted by Stefan Asbury.


Her versatility also encompasses early 20th century music with works such as Schönberg's Das Buch der hängenden Gärten and his Second String Quartet; Berg's Seven Early Songs and Altenberg Songs; and Webern's songs including his Opus 13 and 8.


In opera, Charlotte has long distinguished herself as Susanna, Despina, Euridice and Satirino. A more modern-age milestone was her highly acclaimed appearance as Anna Charlier in Torstensson’s opera The Expedition. She premiered it in 1999 under Peter Eötvös at the Holland Festival, followed by a tour to Stockholm and the Ultima Festival in Oslo. In the fall of 2009 she toured northern Italy with a very successful staging of La voix humaine, directed by Leo Muscato, under the baton of the young Italian chef Matteo Beltrami.


CD recordings

Charlotte Riedijk has been broadcast frequently on radio and television throughout Europe. The following works are obtainable on CD: Urban Solo/Urban Songs by Torstensson; La Disciplina by Boogman; Seven Romances after poems by Alexander Blok Op. 127 by Shostakovich; The Expedition by Torstensson; and Cinq Chants d'Amour for soprano and orchestra by Arthur De Greef (KTC 4013).


Charlotte has produced six CD’s, including In grosser Sehnsucht, also written by Klas Torstensson, was widely acclaimed and is available on Cobra Records (0018). Her newest CD contains Schönberg’s Pierrot lunaire with Ensemble Insomnio (2012).


October 2017