Ariën Artists - Hendrickje VAN KERCKHOVE - English biography













Belgian soprano Hendrickje Van Kerckhove studied with Bernadette Degelin at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp and fulfilled her vocal education with Susan Roper. She acquired post-graduates at the Flanders Opera Studio and the Queen Elisabeth Musical College (with José van Dam and Susanna Eken).

Her international career took off at the Royal Theater la Monnaie as Kristin in the world premiere of Julie (Philippe Boesmans) with revivals at Wiener Festwochen and Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Another important breakthrough came in 2005 with her debut at Bavarian State Opera in the world premiere of Arnaldo De Felice’s of Medusa as Natalia-Medusa, followed by invitations to take part in Ballo in Maschera (Oscar) and Don Carlo (Voce dal Cielo) led by Maestro Zubin Mehta, who also invited her to sing Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Tel-Aviv.


Due to the corona virus pandemic, lot's of productions were cancelled. Amongst them concerts with the Chamber Orchestra of Geneva, the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon), the National Orchestra of Lille. Also the production of Parsifal at the ROH La Monnaie in which she should have participated this season was cancelled for the same reasons.

Hendrickje Van Kerckhove appeared as Sand- und Taumännchen in the new production of Hänsel und Gretel at Nationale Opera Amsterdam, as Johanna Barker in Sweeney Todd and Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites at La Monnaie and as Anna in Intermezzo, by Richard Strauss at Concertgebouw Amsterdam (her debut in the Hall) under the baton of David Zinman. At the ROH La Monnaie she returned to participate in the world premiere, of Frankenstein by Mark Grey, as Au pair (La Monnaie, season 2018/2019). Under the baton of Hervé Niquet, she sang Missia Palmieri, in the French version of Lehar's Lustige Witwe (in a semi-staged version produced by Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir (December 2018).


With open mind and well informed (also historically) Hendrickje Van Kerckhove approaches a variety of repertoires. From early baroque up to contemporary works. She got lavish praise for the way she created Claire in Quai Ouest by Régis Campo (world première at Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg in September 2014), Al gran sole carico d'amore by Luigi Nono at Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin ; Waiting for Ms Monroe - as Norma Jean - by Robin de Raaff at the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. The artist's house debut at Grand Teatro del Liceu as Blonde and at Theater an der Wien as Soeur Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites). The latter opera house engaging her subsequently as Maja in the world premiere of Die Besessenen by Johannes Kalizke and Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos. Other invitations led her to the opera house Nantes/Angers to sing Elena in Il Cappello di paglia by Nino Rota, to Düsseldorf Altstadtherbst Kulturfestival to take part in Kain (Scarlatti) and Jephtha (Haendel), to the Musikverein Wien and Brucknerhaus Linz in Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher (Honegger) and to the Théâtre des Champs Elysées Paris again as Blonde - with Das Neue Orchester/ Christoph Spering.

Amongst her other roles : Valencienne (Lustige Witwe), Woglinde (Rheingold), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Lisa (Sonnambula), performed at the Flanders Opera. Blonde (Entführung) ; Sophie (Werther), 1. Blumenmädchen (Parsifal) ; Ernestine (Monsieur Choufleuri/Offenbach, Dirce (Médée/Cherubini) and Karolka (Jenufa) at the ROH La Monnaie and Despina (Cosi fan tutte)Adèle (Fledermaus), Clorinda (La Cenerentola) at Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg.



Meanwhile Hendrickje Van Kerckhove has repeatedly sung under the baton of conductors such as Enrique Mazzola, Kazushi Ono, Zubin Mehta, Ed Spanjaard, Paul Daniel, Andreas and Christoph Spering, Bertrand de Billy, Theodor Guschlbauer, Louis Langrée, J. Cl. Casadesus, Rani Calderon, Attilio Cremonesi, Philippe Herreweghe, Ottavio Dantone, Hartmut Haenchen, David Afkham, Christophe Rousset, Roland Böer, Hervé Niquet, Ingo Metzmacher, Ludovic Morlot, David Zinman and Marcus Bosch. Hendrickje Van Kerckhove was directed by G. Joosten, C. Loy, I. Van Hove, Fr. Dussenne, L. Bondy, R. Carsen, D. McVicar, A. Freyer, K. Holten, R. Castellucci, H. Kupfer, Kr. Warlikowski, W. Koeken, K.  Mitchell,  A. Hermanis and Kristian Frédric.

Concert performances include repeated invitations by : Brussels Philharmonic (Matthew Passion & Ein deutsches Requiem), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège (Brahms, Ein deutsches Requiem), National Orchestra of Belgium (Mahler 4, Mozart arias, New-Year's Concerts and in Beethoven's incidental Music to the play of Egmont), Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen (Mahler 4), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris (Hollinger, Morgenstern-Lieder), Camerata Academica Salzburg (Mahler 4), Residentie Orkest The Hague (R. Strauss-Lieder), Le Concert Spirituel led by Hervé Niquet (Dixit Dominus, Haendel), Orchestre des Pays de la Loire (Messiah).

Called “RISING STAR” by ECHO she was offered a recital tour to Europe’s most prestigious concert halls as Bozar Brussels, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie de Luxembourg, Megaron Athens ... Meanwhile she has made herself a name as a refined recitalist.


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