© Michel Kort

Biography:

 

2019-2021 Opera Studio NRW (Nordrhein-Westfalen) Germany

The light lyrical Dutch soprano Wendy Krikken (1992) will be taking part in the new Opera Studio NRW (North Rhine Westphalia, Germany). The Opera Studio NRW is a cooperation between four internationaly renowned opera houses: Theater Dortmund, Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen and Wuppertaler Bühnen. Together they offer eight young talented artists a practical programme, with the goal to make an ideal start of their career in the opera world.

You can see and hear Wendy the coming season 2019-2020 in the roles of Kate Pinkerton in the opera Madama Butterfly by Puccini (Theater Dortmund), as Barbarina in the opera Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart (Wuppertaler Bühnen), as Giannetta in the opera L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti (Wuppertaler Bühnen) and as Fadeya in the new opera Die Kinder des Sultans by Avner Dorman (Theater Dortmund).

Wendy sees this new challenge in her life as a unique chance to show that the opera stage fits her like a glove and is looking forward to this two years at the Opera Studio NRW!

 

2016-2019 The University Mozarteum, Salzburg Austria

After three amazing years in the department Opera and Musical Theater at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where Wendy completed her Post Graduate University course Opera and Musical Theater and the Master studies Opera and Musical Theater with big success, Wendy has to say goodbye to Salzburg with pain in the heart. But she is also looking back with proud to what she has achieved in this three years.

With roles as Clarice in the Opera Il mondo della luna, an opera buffa by Joseph Haydn, Helena in the Opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten, the role of die Kaiserin in the Japanese opera Lob des Schattens by Oscar Jockel, a scenic performance of Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and the role of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Wendy has showed that she is a versatile performer in singing and acting and that it has taken her international to the highest level of performing and musicality. She is looking forward with curiosity and trust to what the future at the opera stage has to offer her.

Besides the journey to Hangzhou in china with the opera Le nozze die Figaro, Wendy took part in concerts in Salzburg, Filzmoos, Bad Reichenhall, Burgerland, Szeged, Budapest and Lednice.

Wendy studied at the department Opera and Musical Theater University Mozarteum with conductor Prof. Kai Röhrig, director Prof. Karoline Gruber and singing teacher Prof. Ildikó Raimondi.

 

2011-2016: Royal Conservatory, The Hague and Dutch national Opera Academy, Amsterdam

In June 2015 Wendy completed her Bachelor’s degree with the main subject Classical singing, with honors at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, followed by a year at The Dutch National Opera Academy in Amsterdam.

Here she had her debut at the opera stage with the role of Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and did she play the role of Scissors II in Kulenty’s opera The Mother of Black-Winged Dreams.

At the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and at The Dutch National Opera Academy she studied with Lenie van den Heuvel, Frans Fiselier and had coachings with Peter Nilsson, Carolien Drewes and Han-Louis Meijer.

 

1999-2011: Young Theatre School

From 1999-2011 Wendy Krikken was a member of the Young Theatre School through which she gathered much experience in the realms of musical, theatre and opera.

 

2008-2013: Competitions

In 2013 she just missed by a hair getting into the finales at the “Concours Kasteel Doorwerth” competition.

In 2009 she won the Encouragement Prize at the “Prinses Christina Concours”.

In 2008 Wendy made it as the youngest contestant ever to the finals of the Dutch TV-Show “Una Voce Particolare” that was presented by Ernst-Daniël Smid.

 

General:

Besides her studies, Wendy is a sought after soloist by numerous choirs in the Netherlands and has participated in several choir tours abroad.

 

Masterclasses:

Felicity Lott - Ira Siff - Sarah Walker - Elaine Kidd - Marcel Reijans - Margaret Humphrey Clark - Christine Cairns - Andrew Schroeder - Henry Herford - Ernst Daniël Smid - Robin Bowman - Maarten Koningsberger - Ann MurraySigrid van der Linden 

 

© Arnold Beugelsdijk