Katrien Baerts

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Katrien Baerts
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Background information
OriginSoprano, Netherlands
Occupation(s)Musical artist
Years active2018-present

Katrien Baerts (Hasselt) is a Belgian soprano.


Baerts obtained a master's degree in violin and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, after which she joined the Dutch National Opera Academy[1]. Here she performed roles as Amore and Valletto in l'Incoronazione di Poppea, Despina in Così fan tutte, Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring[2] and Annio in La clemenza di Tito. Together with her pianist pianist Bart Verheyen she followed the 'International Lied Masterclasses' by Udo Reinemann and guest teachers. In 2011 she reached the semi-finals of the Queen Elisabeth competition for voice[3][4].


Baerts has performed at the Salzburger Festspiele as Sie in 'Begehren' by Beat Furrer, in Tokio in House of the Sleeping Beauties by Kris Defoort and in Jakarta as the leading role in Gandari by Tony Prabowo. Together with the Instant Composers Pool she played the role of Queen Bee in the opera Cows (Koeien) by Mischa Mengelberg with actors Pierre Bokma and Olga Zuiderhoek, amongst others at the Holland Festival. At the Theatre des Champs-Elysées, Konzerthaus Dortmund and De Doelen in Rotterdam Baerts performed the role of Falke, Hüter der Schwelle and Erste Dienerin in a incredibly well received production of Die Frau ohne Schatten with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]. In 2019 Baerts performed the role of Koloratursopranistin Efa in the mass production of Aus Licht by Pierre Audi with music by Karlheinz Stockhausen, by which she made her conducting debut at Holland Festival.

Furthermore Baerts has performed the roles of Pamina in The Magic Flute|die Zauberflöte, Amina in La Sonnambula and Michaela in Carmen.


Baerts has performed Le temps l'horloge by Henri Dutilleux in Flagey with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Stéphane Denève. Furthermore she has performed with Klangforum Wien, BBC Philharmonic, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Nederlands Chamber Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest and the Schönberg Ensemble.

New music

Baerts is mostly known for her contemporary music performances. In 2010 her career really took off by performing the title role in Robert Zuidams Suster Bertken[14] at the NTR ZaterdagMatinee at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, after which she became Zuidams muse. Her collaboration with Reinbert de Leeuw didn't pass by unnoticed. Besides Suster Bertken she performed the Five poems for Anna Anna Achmatova op. 41 by György Kurtág, the Requiem by Robert Zuidam, the Seven early songs by Alban Berg[15][16][17], the Maeterlinck Lieder by Aleksander Zemlinsky[15][16][17] and the Mysteries of the Macabre by György Ligeti with de Leeuw[18]. Her debut at the Barbican Center in London with music by Sir Harrison Birtwistle conducted by Oliver Knussen was enthusiastically received by the press.[19][20]

She shared the stage with conductors as Richard Egarr, Antony Hermus, Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Oliver Knussen, Reinbert de Leeuw, Emilio Pomárico, Otto Tausk and Bas Wiegers.


  • The rise of Spinoza (Theo Loevendie) bij Attacca 2018
  • Berg - Zemlinsky Lieder bij Zig-zag Territoires 2014[15][16][17]
  • Bosch Requiem DVD
  • McGonagall-Lieder (Rob Zuidam) bij Challenge Records 2013[21]
  • Suster Bertken (Rob Zuidam) bij Attacca 2011[14]

In the media


External links


  1. Kooiman, Jordi. "Opera, zomaar, op een woensdagmiddag". Place de l'Opera (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  2. "RECENSIE: Britten – Albert Herring". operanederland.nl. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  3. "Vijf Belgen naar halve finale Elisabethwedstrijd". Het Nieuwsblad (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  4. NWS, VRT (2011-05-08). "Vijf Belgen in halve finale K. Elisabethwedstrijd". vrtnws.be (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  5. "Rotterdam Philharmonic presents a fabulous Frau ohne Schatten". bachtrack.com. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  6. Anken, Lennaert van. "Magistrale Frau ohne Schatten bij RPhO". Place de l'Opera (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  7. "Konzerthaus Dortmund: Die Frau ohne Schatten / Online Musik Magazin". www.omm.de. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  8. "Une femme sans ombre pour un triomphe sans réserve : Die Frau ohne Schatten de Richard Strauss". www.musicologie.org (in français). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  9. Boscardin, Steeve. "Une Femme sans ombre mais pas sans éclat au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées « La Scène « ResMusica" (in français). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  10. "Les concerts d'Altamusica". www.altamusica.com. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  11. "« La femme sans ombre » de Strauss s'interroge sur l'humanité de la femme". Toutelaculture (in français). 2020-02-25. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  12. alaincochard (2020-02-24). "La Femme sans ombre au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées – Pas une ombre au tableau – Compte-rendu". Concertclassic (in français). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  13. "La Femme sans ombre au TCE, compte rendu". Avant Scène Opéra (in français). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Anker, François van den. "Fraaie Zuidam-dubbel in Muziekgebouw". Place de l'Opera (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Katrien Baerts betovert de ziel met Berg". NRC (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Waa, Frits van der (2014-11-19). "Onbestemde muziek met schitterende nevelklanken". de Volkskrant (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Clements, Andrew (2014-10-02). "Busoni: Berceuse Elégiaque; Berg: Seven Early Songs; Zemlinsky etc CD review – exquisite singing from Katrien Baerts". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  18. "Katrien Baerts überragt beim Amsterdammer Ligeti Festival". bachtrack.com. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  19. Driver, Paul. "Seismic activity". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  20. Hewett, Ivan (2014-05-26). "Birtwistle at 80, BCMG, Milton Court Concert Hall, review: 'surprise, awe and affection'". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  21. Clements, Andrew (2013-06-26). "Zuidam: McGonagall-Lieder – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2020-03-05.

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