Josefien Stoppelenburg, Soprano

Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg is best known for her dazzling vocal agility and her passionate and insightful interpretations.  

 

As Chicago Classical Music writes "Josefien Stoppelenburg stood out for her creamy tone, dead-on accuracy and dramatic interpretation. Everything she touched shone."

Josefien has performed several times for Dutch Royal Family.  She is currently performing all over the United States as a specialist of Baroque Music and as a concert singer.

Stoppelenburg has performed most of the major oratorio works by Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, including Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, and many of his cantatas. By the end of this season Josefien will have performed all Bach's cantatas for solo soprano.

She frequently performs Mozart's Requiem, the Mass in C minor, Handel's Messiah, Dixit Dominus, La Resurrezione and many of Handel's other vocal works. She performed The Creation and The Seasons by Haydn, Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, and appeared as a soloist in countless oratorio works by Schubert, Gounod, Rossini, Fauré, Buxtehude, Telemann, Britten (War Requiem), Poulenc (Gloria), Carissimi (Historia di Jephte), and Vivaldi (In furore Iustissimae Irae).

​Concerts this season include performances with the Dayton Opera, Newberry Consort, Baroque Music Festival Corona del Mar, Fort Wayne Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Bach Festival, St Louis Bach Society, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, Boulder Bach Festival, Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Evansville Symphony Orchestra, and with Camerata Amsterdam (the Netherlands). 

​In October, Josefien performed the role of Anne Frank in James Whitbourn's oratorio Annelies to great acclaim, with players of the Concertgebouw Orchestrain the presence of the composer. Stoppelenburg performed as a soloist in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America, and the Arab Emirates.

​Her appearance on Chicago’s classical radio program“Live from WFMT” was selected as one of the 10 best performances in 2016. She won the Chicago Oratorio Award, the National Princess Christina Competition (Netherlands) and second prize in The American Prize Opera Competition.

 

Josefien has given vocal masterclasses focusing on Baroque Music at Indiana University (Jacobs School of Music),  University of Colorado, Illinois State University and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

From 2005 until 2007, Stoppelenburg was part of the Young Opera Ensemble of Cologne, Germany. Leading operatic roles have included Aci in the Haymarket Opera Company’s acclaimed production of Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Tirsi in Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine in the International Chamber Opera Festival (The Netherlands). She has appeared with Camerata Amsterdam, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Haymarket Opera Company, Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana, Fulcrum Point and Music of the Baroque, Bloomington Bach Cantata Project.

Ensemble Brothers and Sisters (vocal duo Charlotte and Josefien Stoppelenburg and piano duo Martijn and Stefan Blaak) recently appeared live on Radio 4, the Dutch classical radio station for Classical Music and just made their ensemble debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As a vocal duo, Charlotte and Josefien have performed in nearly every concert hall in The Netherlands.

Many composers have written works especially for Josefien. She performed works by Jacob TV, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stacy Garrop, Lita Grier, Eric Whitacre and William Neil, as well as works by Dutch composers, including her father, composer Willem Stoppelenburg. 

Stoppelenburg’s second love is painting. She paints frequently on commission. In 2018 the Peoria Symphony Orchestra used her paintings for Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. The paintings were shown on a large screen during the performance. Her colorful art has been used as opera sets, CD booklets, music festival posters and as note cards.

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