Belgian soprano Katrien Baerts has been noted for her powerful and sensual voice as well as for her profound and heartfelt interpretation.
Season 2019/2020 starts with concerts with WDR Symphony Orchestra in Cologne and Essen (Grisey‘L’icone paradoxale’). Highlights will be Strauss ‘Frau ohne Schatten’with Rotterdam Philharmonic led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Paris, Théâtre Champs-Élysées and Rotterdam; Claude Vivier ‘Bouchara’ in Washington, Library of Congress with ASKO|Schönberg and Reinbert de Leeuw; and furthermore Grisey ‘Quatre Chants’in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, with Symphoniker Hamburg. Other engagements include various concerts in Belgium, the Netherlands and Europe with Het Collectief, Dutch tour with ASKO|Schönberg led by Reinbert de Leeuw in Berg and Schönberg, as well as a performance in Concertgebouw Amsterdam prestigious Matinee; and the première of Kris Oelbrandt’s ‘Reconciliation Magnificat’with Dudok String Quartet and Capella Brabant. For 2020/2021 a concert tour in the Netherlands is planned with Calexfax Reed Quintet, Mozart ‘Requiem’with The Hague Symphony Orchestra (Residentie Orkest) and two concerts in the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw with Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (RCO) led by Antony Hermus.
Ms. Baerts made her debut at the National Opera in Amsterdam in a new production of 'Lulu', and made her first appearance in Tokyo with 'House of the Sleeping Beauties' by Kris Defoort. She performed several world premières at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as Clara in Loevendie's opera 'The Rise of Spinoza' and as the title role in Zuidam's 'Suster Bertken'. In Jakarta, Indonesia Ms. Baerts created the title role in Prabowo's dance-opera 'Gandari'. Further roles include Micaëla in 'Carmen', Amina in 'La sonnambula', Despina in 'Così fan tutte', Miss Wordsworth in 'Albert Herring', Stimme des Falken and Hüter der Schwelle in 'Die Frau ohne Schatten' and Amore and Valletto in 'l'Incoronazione di Poppea'.
Her concert repertoire includes 'Stabat Mater' by Pergolesi, Bach's 'St. John Passion' and 'Cantate BWV 202', 'Ein Deutsches Requiem' by Brahms, Mahler's '4th Symphony', 'Les Illuminations' by Britten and 'Mysteries of the Macabre' by Ligeti, with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Ms. Baerts has worked with conductors as Richard Egarr, Vladimir Jurowski, Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Emilio Pomárico and Bas Wiegers. Her debut at the Barbican Center in London was enthusiastically received by the press.
Ms. Baerts is a graduate of the Dutch National Opera Academy and was selected to take part in the 'International Lied Masterclasses' by Udo Reinemann and guest professors. She was a semi-finalist of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and obtained a Master's degree at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in both voice and violin.