Dutch soprano Irene Hoogveld (1992) recently completed her Master studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as a Guildhall Artist Master in Performance under mezzo soprano Sarah Pring. She received her Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in 2017 at ArtEZ University of the Arts, studying with Claudia Patacca.
As an intensely authentic singer/actress Irene is quickly accumulating new roles. In 2021 Irene will sing the Fremde Fürstin in a Dutch adaptation of Rusalka – Dvořák with Opera Compact. In 2020 she was a part of the cast of Ritratto by Willem Jeths. Commissioned by the Dutch National Opera of the Opera Forward Festival 2020 and made it’s debut online as one of the first digital premieres by a major opera house. She was to make her role debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana – Mascagni with the Utrecht Student Choir and Orchestra, as well as her role debut as Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte – Mozart with Hurn Court Opera. Unfortunately COVID restrictions made this impossible.
Recent operatic experience includes Cunning Little Vixen – Janáček: Jay with London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle, Venus and Adonis – Blow: Venus (cover) and Mustardseed in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Guildhall Opera Course. In the world premiere of Thijl – van Gilse Irene performed Gilline, Dame van Dudzeele, and Nele (cover), which was nominated for a 2019 International Opera Award for Rediscovered Work. She sang the main role Operateuse in the world premiere of children’s opera Paard, Brandweerwagen, Kikker (Horse, Fire truck, Frog) – Verberkt in collaboration with the Kameroperahuis and the Dutch National Youth Orchestra (NJO). Irene has worked at the Grachtenfestival and British Youth Opera and sang multiple times for the Dutch National Touring Opera, notably the first installment of the OperaLunch series in 2014.
As a regular oratorio soloist Irene has sung pieces by Poulenc (Gloria), Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (Elias, Hör mein Bitten, Psalm 42), Dvořák (Messa in D, Te Deum), Vivaldi (Gloria, Magnificat, Nulla in mundo pax sincera), Fauré (Requiem), Rossini (Petite Messe Solennelle), J.S. Bach (Matthauspassion, Johannespassion, Osteroratorium, several cantatas), Gounod (Requiem) and more.
As a songstress Irene made her Barbican Hall debut in 2018 with a selection of Russian songs, and performed twice in Wigmore Hall in 2019 with contemporary programs. Driven by a passion for contemporary Dutch classical music Irene has performed and recorded a number of premieres of Dutch composers as Tera de Marez Oyens (The Narrow Path), Bernard van Beurden (Via Dolorosa), Frans Vermeerssen (Retired), Zacharias Falkenberg (Eine klein Komödie) en Joep Franssens (Bridge of Dawn pt. 2) met o.a. Dutch Symphony Orchestra and broadcasted live on national Radio 4. She has also performed pieces by composers as Terence Allbright (Two Pierrot Songs), Peter Wiegold (Les Roses), Thea Musgrave (Mary, Queen of Scots) and Pēteris Vasks (Latvija). Irene is currently developing monodramas around Dutch stories for unaccompanied soprano solo called EER(S)T DE DAME.
Irene has won the Euregio Vokalwettbewerb and the Open Podium Doetinchem. Ze has won the Audience Prize during the Chartered Surveyor Prize and received an Encouragement prize during the Prinses Christinaconcours. She was a finalist in de Susan Longfield Prize, Zangconcours Doorwerth and Hurn Court Opera Prize and semi-finalist in the Mozart Singing Competition and the Händel Competition.
Irene is proud to be supported by the VandenEnde Foundation, VSB Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Fundatie van Renswoude.