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.