Jeannette van Schaik  
Jeannette van Schaik

The young dutch soprano combines a warm, generous and technically secure voice with charm, noblesse and sensitivity.


Dutch soprano Jeannette van Schaik is praised for her warm lyrical voice, her musicality and her ability to identify with a role, both vocally and on stage. She earned her degree in voice cum laude from the Conservatory of Amsterdam and is a recent graduate of the prestigious Dutch National Opera Academy, where she was being coached by Ira Siff and Peter Nilsson.  

Her operatic debut was as Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni which was met with high praise. Other roles have included Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, 1st Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Dido in Dido and Aeneas and Click in the Dutch premiere of Hanna Kulenty’s modern opera The Mother of Black Winged Dreams. As part of the Young Artist program she made her debut at the Dutch National Opera as 1st Madrigalist in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, immediately followed by her international role debut as Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, directed by Waut Koeken. She made her role debut as Gretel in Humperdink’s Hänsel und Gretel at the NJO Muziekzomer Festival conducted by Antony Hermus, sang Governess in a concert version of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Papagena, while covering Pamina, in a production of Holland Opera of Die Zauberflöte

Engagements last season included three roles in the NTR ZaterdagMatinee series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw: Wheel of Fortune Woman in Delius’ A Village Romeo and Juliet under the baton of Sir Mark Elder, Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco under Giancarlo Andretta and Das Mädchen in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten under Markus Stenz. Furthermore she made her role debut as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Melodies sur Arzon Festival in France. She also sang in a New Years concert tour with the Residentie Orkest and Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in several performances throughout the Netherlands and the Konzerthaus Berlin. Furthermore she premiered the one-act opera A Haunted House (text by Virginia Woolf) for soprano and chamber orchestra composed by Mathilde Wantenaar.

Future engagements include her role debut as Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes (WAD Opera), Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Camerata of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. 

Jeannette has an extensive concert repertoire which she performs regularly, including Vier letzte Lieder (Strauss), Gloria (Poulenc), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Ein deutsches Requiem (Brahms), Messa da Requiem (Verdi), Symphony no.4 (Mahler), Symphony no.9 (Beethoven), Requiem and Coronation Mass (Mozart), Messiah (Händel) as well as the Weihnachtsoratorium and the Passions by St. Matthew and St. John by J.S. Bach.

She has collaborated with orchestras such as the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest and Nederlands Kamerorkest, the Residentie Orkest, Tel Aviv Symphony Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Nationaal Jeugd Orkest and the Sweelinck Baroque Orkest and had the pleasure of working with conductors such as Giancarlo Andretta, Sir Mark Elder, Huba Hollóköi, Karel Deseure, Clark Rundell, Paul Nadler, Alexander Joel, Markus Stenz and Antony Hermus and with stage-directors such as Waut Koeken, Javier Lopéz Piñón, David Prins, Andrea Breth, Alexander Oliver and Sybrand van der Werf. 

Jeannette is a recipient of the Bayreuth Stipendium Prize 2018, awarded by the Dutch Wagner Society. Last May she was finalist in the inaugural By Voice Alone Competition in London.




Doctor Atomic - Stichting LustrumOpera, July 2023

Kitty Oppenheimer is a dream image, the good inner voice of Oppenheimer himself.

Jeannette van Schaik portrays a passionate Kitty and her high Cs in the finale are very impressive.

Opera Nederland ***** (operamagazine)

Doctor Atomic is one of this season’s most memorable opera productions. Oppenheimer's wife Kitty, the radiant soprano Jeannette van Schaik, becomes an extension of his inner emotional world.

de Volkskrant **** (Jenny Camilleri)

Soprano Jeannette van Schaik has beautiful long solos in which Kitty (Oppenheimer) gives insight into her feelings, excellently sung and a sight for sore eyes in her blue robe.

Place de l’Opera -operamagazine (Peter Franken)

Jeannette van Schaik as Kitty Oppenheimer sang beautifully and was like a mysterious siren.

Trouw (Peter van der Lint)

The women come across as almost mythical Wagnerian characters: Kitty Oppenheimer (Jeannette van Schaik) like a version of Brünnhilde and Pasqualita à la Erda. In these passages, Adams' score is at its most lyrical, and at the same time its most Wagnerian, with both singers performing phenomenal Brünnhilde- and Erda-like vocal qualities, respectively.

Basia con Fuoco (Neil van der Linden)

“Jeannette van Schaik as Donna Anna really touched our hearts. 

Her singing was sublime and with great sensitivity, her compassion moved every time.”



“Jeannette van Schaik lends Mimì’s character a voice with impeccable technique and diction.”



The individual singing and acting performances of both Hänsel and Gretel, sung by Nina van Essen en soprano Jeannette van Schaik, were very strong and promising. They formed a pleasant couple who visibly had a lot of fun.

-- NRC Handelsblad

"(...) 'Gretel', sung crystal-clear by Jeannette van Schaik. 

-- De Volkskrant

"After a long day at Chamber Music Festival Veenhuizen, the sun sets on the sounds of Il Tramonto by Ottorino Respighi. Even afterwards, the audience is still silent because of the velvet voice of soprano Jeannette van Schaik. " -- De Volkskrant

"Jeannette van Schaik was mightily good in her small role of Anna (Nabucco). We are so lucky in the Netherlands with so much great singing talent!"



"Jeannette van Schaik gave a beautiful rendition of Elsa's aria 'Einsam in trüben Tagen' from Lohengrin."



"A selection of mainly young Dutch singers shone in these large-scale scenes, in which they were a beautiful sight for sore eyes in the hall, too." 

-- Volkskrant ***** (Wheel of Fortune Woman in A Village Romeo and Juliet - F. Delius, NTR Zaterdagmatinee)


"Si mi chiamano Mimi" is very sensitively interpreted by Jeannette van Schaik with her beautiful voice and also beautifully acted."



The highlight of the evening was the "Czardas" from Die Fledermaus, sung by soprano Jeannette van Schaik. With her temperamental eyes and low-cut evening dress, she looked seductive as Rosalinde. After the word Lebenslust, she whipped the men up at the blazing pace of this Hungarian dance. She sparkled and charmed...

...As a finale, Jeannette van Schaik spoiled the audience with the aria "Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiss" from Franz Lehàr's operetta Guiditta.
She bursted with passion during her crystal pure singing and charmingly threw a number of gentlemen a red rose."

-- Cultuurblog




H. Purcell – Dido and Aeneas – Dido

W.A. Mozart – Cosi fan tutte – Fiordiligi *
W.A. Mozart – Don Giovanni – Donna Anna
W.A. Mozart – Le nozze di Figato - Contessa
W.A. Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – Pamina, 1. Dame

G. Puccini – La Bohème – Mimi
G. Puccini – La Rondine – Magda

G. Verdi – Nabucco - Anna
G. Verdi – La Traviata – Violetta

F. Delius – A Village Romeo and Juliet – Wheel of Fortune Woman

F. Schreker – Die Gezeichneten – Das Mädchen

E. Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel – Gretel

B. Britten – Peter Grimes – Ellen Orford *
B. Britten – The Turn of the Screw – Governess

H. Kulenty – The Mother of Black Wings - Click

Oratorio and Concert

Vivaldi – Gloria

Händel - Messiah
Händel – Israel in Egypt

J.S. Bach – Matthäus Passion
J.S. Bach - Johannes Passion 
J.S. Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium
J.S. Bach – Hohe Messe
J.S. Bach – Magnificat

Pergolesi – Stabat Mater

Haydn – Die Schöpfung 
Haydn – Die Jahreszeiten

Mozart - Krönungsmesse
Mozart - Requiem
Mozart – Missa in c
Mozart – Exultate, jubilate

Beethoven - Symphonie No. 9

Rossini – Petite Messe Solenelle

Schubert – Mirjams Siegesgesang

Mendelssohn – Elias 
Mendelssohn – Psalm 42
Mendelssohn – Hör, mein Bitten
Mendelssohn – Infelice

Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem

Mahler – Symphonie No. 4

Verdi – Messa da Requiem

Dvorak – Stabat Mater
Dvorak – Missa in D

Fauré - Requiem

Orff – Carmina Burana

Vaughan Williams - Dona Nobis Pacem

R.Strauss – Vier letzte Lieder

Poulenc - Gloria

Rutter – Magnificat

Andriessen – Comenius Cantate

O´Regan – Triptych

Carr - Requiem for an Angel
Carr - Ave Maria 

Forrest - Requiem for the living
Forrest - Jubilate Deo

Wood - Requiem




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