News

On the right you can find the latest news about Dutch Sopranos.

  • Muzikale Kerstwandeling
    13-12-2015 - Musical Christmas Walk

    On the afternoon of Sunday December 13th, Dutch Sopranos will be performing during the Musical Christmas Walk in Noordwijk.
    See: www.muzikalekerstwandeling.nl for further information.

  • Diner on the Operaboat
    03-07-2015 - Diner on the “Operaboat”

    On Sunday 27th September you can dine on the Operaboat, from 19.00 to 22.00. Embark at hotel L’Europe and the boat will stay there as well.
    The food will be provided by Pasta e Basta. We will entertain you between the courses.
    Price: € 50,- (drinks not included).
    If you want to share in this unique experience (numbers strictly limited: the boat has a maximum of 35 (40?) places) then make your reservation via Pasta e Basta tel. 020 4222222 and ask for Jolijn or e-mail jolijn@pastaebasta.nl.

  • The start of our mobile promotion campaign!
    15-06-2015 - The start of our mobile promotion.

    You can come across us through the whole of The Netherlands, and Belgium too. We’re sooo proud!
    Who’s going to spot us on the road and put a photo on Facebook?
    There’s a reward for the first five photos; our one and only, exclusive demo!
    ‘Like’ our page and stay up-to-date with our news.
    Click on the photo above to see the whole series.

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Introduction

On the right you can read about the beginning of Dutch Sopranos.

How Dutch Sopranos Began

Recently, more and more people on all sides were asking me, Jackie van Oppen, “Why don’t you start something for yourself?”. An idea began to simmer quietly.
Wouldn’t it be great to connect different musical styles into one world of music?

But how do you go about it? Look for a format that makes great music accessible, not as a soloist but rather with a trio. Two fantastic sopranos, Iris de Koomen and Åsa Olsson, were taken with the idea, and Dutch Sopranos was born!

We had well-known numbers arranged for us in such a way that the lead voice would be shared among the three of us in turn. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? The effect is surprising. When you listen it keeps catching you on the wrong foot, because you tend to focus unconsciously on just one “lead singer”. Also, we use music of all sorts of styles while giving it a classical tint: the more well-known the piece is, the more our arranger can think “out of the box”.

The best compliment we’ve had from an audience was for Piazolla’s Adios Nonino (listen to the audio): “Beautiful, how you’ve made your own classical version of this song.” Mission accomplished. We hope to create more gems like this in the future.

Watch and listen on our website, and convince yourself of our ‘Unique sound with a bite’.

Jackie, Iris and Åsa
  • Jackie van Oppen || Less Info

    The career of singer/actress Jackie van Oppen began when she was still a 2nd-year conservatoire student, as Antimakassa in the Theatre Carré production of “Cats”. In 2009 she was nominated for the John Kraaijkamp Musical Award for her performance as the Mother Superior in “The Sound of Music”.

    She has also sung leading roles for the Hoofdstad Operetta, including the Baroness (La Vie Parisienne), Julia (The Cousin From Nowhere) and Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus).and has worked as a television actress , for example in the role of Suzanne van Wetering in the series ”Onderweg naar Morgen”.

    Jackie van Oppen is the founder of the ensemble “Dutch Sopranos”.

    …… but the musical highpoint is the Mother Superior’s melancholy “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”. Jackie van Oppen’s voice send shivers up your spine.”

    De Volkskrant, 29-09-‘09

    …… again in contrast stands the beautifully restrained acting of Jackie van Oppen as the Mother Superior”.

    Algemeen Dagblad, 29-09-‘09

  • Iris de Koomen || Less Info

    Soprano Iris de Koomen studied in Utrecht with Marianne Blok, subsequently specializing in Early Music at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and in opera at the New Opera Academy. She was also taught by Marius van Altena, Rita Dams, Diana Forlano and Christina Deutekom.

    Iris performs regularly on various stages in The Netherlands and abroad. She is a frequent oratorio soloist and performs with Holland Opera, Opera per Tutti and her own Early Music ensembles. She also performs various solo programmes with her pianist Piet Grimbergen.

  • Åsa Olsson || Less Info

    The Swedish mezzo-soprano Åsa Olsson began as a folk, jazz and pop singer, and came into contact with classical music when she was 16. In 1990 she moved to The Netherlands, where she studied singing privately with Geert Berghs and Margreet Honig. Åsa performs not only as a mezzo or alto but also as a soprano in widely differing styles and genres (from Gregorian to contemporary opera) in The Netherlands and internationally.

    In addition to her work as a soloist, Åsa freelances with the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Cappella Amsterdam. She joined Dutch Sopranos in September 2014.

CONTRIBUTORS

By clicking on the lower arrows, you will find on the right more information about the contributors of Dutch Sopranos.

  • Mark Wyman (pianist)

    MarkMark Arthur Wyman began classical piano studies at age five, and was graduated from San Francisco State University (Summa cum laude), and then Mills College (Dean's List) with a Master's in Piano Performance and Literature. Mark has a very broad musical experience and has toured around the US and all over Europe, and Buenos Aires for tango.

    Mark currently lives in Amsterdam, performing and teaching. He plays with the tango quintet Trasnoche, performs in musicals such as Jersey Boys, as well as working with many other singers, choirs, and performers.

    More info: www.harmonk.com

  • Brian Fieldhouse (pianist)

    BrianBrian Fieldhouse was born in Lincoln, England. He studied music at the University of Birmingham, piano and organ at the Birmingham Conservatoire and conducting at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy, Warsaw. In England he worked as a pianist and conductor for ballet, with The Royal Ballet, The Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet and Northern Ballet Theatre.

    In 1991 he made a career change to opera and joined the music staff of the Dutch National Opera, where until 2012 he combined the functions of Assistant Chorusmaster and Solo Repetiteur. Brian continues to work as a freelance pianist, accompanist and repetiteur.

  • Kees van Zantwijk (arranger)

    KeesKees van Zantwijk, although classically trained as a pianist, has always had a great love for an infinite variety of musical styles. In the course of his many years as a music professional he has become a true musical omnivore, who not only performs as a soloist and accompanist, but also works as an arranger, audition pianist and MD.

    Kees has also performed in many theatrical pieces as pianist/actor.

    Through the years he has produced a steady output of choral arrangements for various choirs and vocal groups. Writing for Dutch Sopranos is to him both challenging and exhilirating!

  • Linda Rands (vocal coach)

    LindaLinda Rands was born in London, England. She began singing at 13 years old. She studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, London. After completing her studies, she joined the English National Opera for 7 years. In 1986 she moved to Amsterdam to join De Nederlands Opera....

    Soon after moving to Amsterdam began her teaching career, teaching classical and musical singers. She worked at Lucia Martha's Dans Akademie and Nederlands Musical Emsemble as singing teacher/coach. In 2013 began her own private singing practice coaching many musical and classical singers and has recently joined the team of Dutch Sopranos as vocal coach.

  • Citroën DS Cabriolet Usine 1966

    DSThe ‘other’ DS, we are pleased with her cooperation for all our promotional activities. Build by Henri Chapron. On the picture together with the owner, Dick Verbeek.

  • Bram

    DSOur mascotte, Bram!

Agenda

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    December
    2015
    Musical Christmas Walk || More Info

  • 27
    September
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    Diner on the “Operaboat” || More Info

Agenda

  • Musical Christmas Walk || Less Info

    On the afternoon of Sunday December 13th, Dutch Sopranos will be performing during the Musical Christmas Walk in Noordwijk.
    See: www.muzikalekerstwandeling.nl for further information.

  • Diner on the "Operaboat" || Less Info

    On Sunday 27th September you can dine on the Operaboat, from 19.00 to 22.00. Embark at hotel L’Europe and the boat will stay there as well. The food will be provided by Pasta e Basta. We will entertain you between the courses. Price: € 50,- (drinks not included).
    If you want to share in this unique experience (numbers strictly limited: the boat has a maximum of 35 (40?) places) then make your reservation via Pasta e Basta tel. 020 4222222 and ask for Jolijn or e-mail jolijn@pastaebasta.nl.

Past Events

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Gallery

By clicking on the pictures on the right, you can see all the pictures of Dutch Sopranos in a new frame.

  • Presentation

    We recently made our debut presentation. Click on the photo above and you will see all the pictures in a new frame.

  • mobile promotion en route

    Some pictures were taken from our ‘mobile promotion en route’ and when you click on the top picture, you will see all the pictures in a new frame.

  • Photoshoot Backstage

    Here you find the backstage pictures which were made during the photoshoot. When you click on the top picture, you will see all the pictures in a new frame.

  • Photo report

    And you can see the endresult of the photoshoot by clicking on the top picture.

Video

On the right you'll find our teaser. You can watch this teaser by clicking on the photo.

  • Dutch Sopranos Presentation Dutch Sopranos Presentation

    We recently made our debut presentation. Click on the photo above to watch a video.

  • Dutch Sopranos Teaser Dutch Sopranos Teaser

    The launch of Dutch Sopranos is finally a fact. Watch/listen to our 'teaser'!
    Please visit also our Facebook page. With every 250th like/share we are given away a unique, exclusive, one of a kind demo.

Audio

On the right you'll find some songs which we recently recorded at the Power Sound Studio in Amsterdam. By clicking on the arrows here below you can scroll through this collection and listen to the songs.

  • Madama Butterfly / Miss Saigon

    Composer: G. Puccini / C. Schönberg
    Arranger : Kees van Zantwijk
    An idea of Jackie van Oppen

  • That Smile

    Composer: J. Bucchino
    Arranger : Kees van Zantwijk

  • La Danza

    Composer : G. Rossini
    Arrangers: Kees van Zantwijk en Vaughan Schlepp

  • Fragment My Favorite Things

    Composer: R. Rodgers
    Arranger : Kees van Zantwijk
    An idea of Jackie van Oppen

  • Fragment Adiós Nonino (original 9 min)

    Composer: A. Piazzolla
    Arranger : Kees van Zantwijk
    An idea of Jackie van Oppen

Contact us

Would you like to receive more information about us or book us, please use the contact form on the right.

E-mail:
info@dutchsopranos.nl

Phone:
+31 (0)6 4479 2381

Disclaimer

The information, images, lay-out, documents, audio, video, text and software on this website are the intellectual property of Dutch Sopranos. It is not permitted to copy, download, publish or in any way distribute or multiply the information on this website without prior written permission from Dutch Sopranos.


OUR THANKS TO:

We are very happy with the special financial support via crowdfunding from the following individuals:


Arnold Bezuyen, Cor Kruter, Frank van Wezel, Frits Heffelaar, Gerrie Sporken, Guus Wellling,
Hein de Hoog, Jan Dirk Peereboom Voller,Joost, Klaas van Vlaanderen, Marga en Iman Landheer,
Mieke Hulskamp, Pino Gorin, Ruud van Oppen


And to our sponsors:

AD Hosting and Dynamic Rush Transport


Logo & Design by: Edo van Dijk from Edenspiekermann


Photos: Roy Beusker


Video: Rob de Haan


Outfit: with many thanks to Couturier Ronald Kolk


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