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Wiard WITHOLT, Bass-Baritone

Wiard by Marco Borggreve
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studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Maarten Koningsberger, and graduated in the summer of 2003. In June 2005 he graduated from the New Opera Academy Amsterdam.  June 2007 he represented the Netherlands at the BBC Cardiff singer of the World.  He was subsequently a member of the Netherlands Opera Studio, the Atelier Lyrique (Paris, opera). From the season 2009/2010 onwards, a full member of the Opera House in Dessau (Anhalt, Germany) where he sung amongst others parts such as : Heerrufer (Lohengrin), Maximilian (Candide), Papageno, Pietro (La Muette de Portici), Silvano (Un ballo in Maschera), Mister X (Der Zirkusprinzessin) Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) and Belcore (L'Elisir d'Amore).

2008 he made his debut at La Monnaie Brussels as Le Berger (Pelléas et Mélisande), at Teatro Real in Madrid as Frére Léon (St. François d'Assise), at Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège as Il Conte (Nozze di Figaro) and at Opéra National du Rhin Strasbourg as Falke (Fledermaus).  He created Schemariah the principal character in Hiob (by Erich Zeisl) at "Festspiele Plus" (2014) (Bavarian State Opera). Furthermore he appeared in  "Reimsreisje" at the Amsterdam Opera House, " Der Kaiser von Atlantis", took part in the world première of Pascal Dusapin's Penthesilea (as Messager) at La Monnaie and jumped in in Manon (by Auber !) as Marquis d'Hérigny at opéra royal de Wallonie (2016). Future engagements include amongst others his particiaption in Madama Butterfly and Tristan und Isolde at La Monnaie.

The meeting with Pascal Dusapin led to Wiard Witholt's engagement by the Sydney Festival 2016 to perform the main male part in his opera Passion (main male part) ... for which he was nominated "best male performer" by the Helpmann Awards.

In concert he repeatedly appears in Bach’s St. Matthew, St. John Passions, Christmas Oratorio, B-minor Mass. and several Bach cantatas, including: Ich habe Genug BWV 82 and Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen BWV 56 with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra. He performed Mahler’s "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" at the Opéra National de Paris Garnier (2007) and at KLARA-festival with Brussels Philharmonic led by Michel Tabachnik. Other concert and oratorio repertoire includes: the Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, Duruflé and Fauré, La Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Paulus and Elijah (Mendelssohn), The Messiah and Joshua (Haendel), Solemn Vespers (Mozart), Kindertotenlieder (Mahler), A child of our time (Tippett) and "La naissance de David de Sassoun" by the Armenian composer Garbis Aprikia, which he sang at the Paris Opéra Comique led by Alain Altinoglu (2014).

His opera repertoire also includes : Guglielmo(Così fan tutte), Dancaire and Morales (Carmen), 2. Gefangener and Don Fernando (Fidelio), Bobinet (La vie Parisienne), Melisso (Alcina), Maesto Biscroma Strapaviscere (Le convenienze e le inconvenienze), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s dream), Junius (The Rape of Lucretia), L’Horloge Comptoise and Le chat (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Lescaut (Manon), Aeneas and Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) and Gobrias in Harry Kupfer’s staging of Handel’s Belshazzar in Amsterdam.

cv update : 2016

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