Biography

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Wieke van Wingerden (dramatic mezzo soprano) studied singing with Paula de Wit in Amsterdam after finishing her pianostudies at the conservatory in Arnhem. She recieved her singing certificate at the Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam and finished her studies (Classe de perfectionnement de Lied et de l'opera) with Udo Reinemann at the Conservatoire Natione in Metz (France). She participated in several masterclasses in the Netherlands and abroad and took lessons from the directors David Prins and Wim Trompert. She had coachings from John Keyes and Carole Wilson. Hebe Dijkstra is her coach now.

Wieke was soloist in Child of our time of Tippett, Requiem of Verdi, Petite Messe Solennelle of Rossini, Gloria of Vivaldi, Stabat Mater of Pergolsesi, the St. Marcus Passion of Keiser, the St. Johns Passion of Händel, Schumann's Der Rose Pilgerfahrt and several of Bach's cantata's. She performed Mahler's Rückert Lieder with pianist Joseph Breinl and Wagners Wesendonk Lieder with pianist Marcus Hadulla in the 'Festival des Heures Romantiques' in France, the Sieben frühe Lieder from Berg with Ernst Munneke and the world premiere of songs by Anton Havelaar.

She made her opera debut as Muze/Nicklausse in Hoffmann's Tales. Further she made a theater performance with pianist Maarten Hillenius and director Machteld van Bronkhorst (Ariadne auf Naxos), in which song repertoire was turned into a theater production.

She sang the main part (Baba) in the Medium of Menotti in Nürnberg directed by Lars Wernecke. Recently she sang by The Dutch Opera in Der Ring des Nibelungen for children several roles: Wellgunde (Rheintöchter), Waltraute (Walküre) and Gutrune. She was understudy for Kundry (Parsifal) at the Dutch Opera in 2012. She also performed the (Knusperhexe) Witch and Mother in Hänsel und Gretel in 2012.

Her operaroles are: Die Mutter/die Knusperhexe (Hänsel und Gretel), Herodias (Salome), Erda, Waltraute and Fricka (Der Ring), Kundry (Parsifal), Ortrud (Lohengrin), La Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), Amneris (Aida), Ulrica (Un Ballo), Eboli (Don Carlo), La Principessa (Adriana le Couvreur), Jezibaba (Rusalka), Carmen (Carmen), Charlotte (Werther), Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Lucretia (the rape of Lucretia).

The Dutch Wagner society has chosen Wieke as stipend for Bayreuth 2010.