Raoul Steffani  
Baritone
 
Raoul Steffani

A charismatic and elegant performer who lends his voice a fresh and natural sound as well as immaculate diction and expression.



Biography

Dutch baritone Raoul Steffani has quickly established himself as one of the most promising singers of his generation. He was awarded several prizes: the Dutch Classical Talent Audience Award (2018), the Grachtenfestival Prize (2016), the Elisabeth Evertsprijs (2016) and Prinses Christina Concours (2013), after which he was invited to make recital debuts at major concerts halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris, Munich and Vienna.

He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Tilburg, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He continues working with his longtime vocal coach Margreet Honig and is frequently taking masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Christa Ludwig and Elly Ameling a.o. From 2016 till 2018 he was a member of the Dutch National Opera Academy, where he debuted the role of Gulgielmo (Così fan tutte).

Raoul Steffani is a passionate performer of the Art Song repertoire As an active recitalist, he works regularly with the German song specialist Gerold Huber as well as with Daan Boertien and Lucas and Arthur Jussen. He performs regularly at concert halls in the Netherlands including the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw a/h IJ, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, International Chamber Music Festival led by Janine Jansen in Utrecht.

 He is a returning guest and ambassador of the International Lied Festival Zeist and often appears on Dutch national radio and television, as a guest soloist in programmes such as Podium Witteman, De Tiende van Tijl and Podium on Tour.

On the operatic stage, his performed roles include Eisenstein as well as Falke (Die Fledermaus), Papageno (Die Zauberföte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas).

As an oratorio soloist, he sang a.o. the St Matthew Passion and St John Passion by J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart's Requiem, Brahms’  Ein deutsches Requiem, Oratorio de Noël by Saint-Säens, Messiah by Handel and Carmina Burana by Orff.

He sang under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Jurowsky, David Zinman, Sir Mark Elder, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ed Spanjaard, Anthony Hermus and Enrico Delamboye.

Among the orchestras he performed with, are the Royal Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonie Zuidnederland and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.

Projects this season include concerts with the Camerata Salzburg in De Doelen, Rotterdam,  Bach´s St. Matthew Passion at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as a tour with Händels Messiah and various song recitals in Spain and the Netherlands.

2019-2020

www.raoulsteffani.com



Reviews

Concert with the Camerata of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, August 2019

Steffani interpreted Berg with such enviable legato, that it seemed to be sung in one breath
Martin Toet, Place de l´OpéraRef

CD Deep in a dream

"Steffani sings fresh and with a clear diction, interpretes sensitively, from a cunning distant observer point of view,"
Gerhard Persché, Opernwelt, Januar 2019

"The 26-year-old baritone Raoul Steffani releases a remarkable debut album this month, along with the highly desired pianist Gerold Huber. Schumann, Grieg, Sibelius and Berg form a fresh unity on Deep in a dream."
Louis Gauthier, De Telegraaf

"Steffani is a remarkable singer, with an excellent diction and a natural sound with which he can communicate convincingly an emotion like wonderment."
Biella Luttmer, De Volkskrant

"Steffani is an exceptional talent that has won many prizes. His pleasant sound is a beautiful mix of dark and nasal with a nice varied vowel formation. Everything is intelligible word for word and the pure pleasure in singing is evident!"
Peter van der Lint, Trouw

"It is a surprising record, exceptionally refined and ripe for such a young singer."
Jordi Kooiman, Place de l´Opera

"Steffani does not only excel in vocal technique, but also stylistically he is already a great singer"
Aart van der Wal, Opus Klassiek

""Raoul Steffani has a wonderfully light but also clear baritone voice. He sings the songs very expressively and his singing is supplemented by his accompanist at the piano ... A must for lovers of the intimate poetry and a must for anyone who loves the expressive possibilities of the human voice.”
Stretto

"The program on this new Challenge Classics CD means to me the discovery of a beautiful baritone voice and at the same time a strong personality for the genre."
Lucrèce Maeckelbergh, Klassiek Centraal


 

 



Repertoire

Opera / Operetta

Britten – The Rape of Lucretia – Tarquinius
Britten – Peter Grimes – Ned Keene *

Delius – A Village Romeo and Juliet – Merry-go-round man -  1st Bargeman, 2nd peasant man

Humperdinck – Hänsel und Gretel – Besenbinder

Lehár – Die lustige Witwe – Danilo *

Mozart – Cosi fan tutte – Guglielmo
Mozart – Die Zauberflöte – Papageno

Prokofiev – Semyon Kotko – 1st Villager

Purcell – Dido and Aeneas – Aeneas

J. Strauss Sohn – Die Fledermaus – Eisenstein, Falke

R. Strauss – Intermezzo – Kammersänger

Wagner – Das Liebesverbot – Angelo *

 

Concert / Oratorio

J.S. Bach - Matthäus Passion (Aria’s / Christus)
J.S. Bach - Johannes Passion (Aria’s / Christus)
J.S. Bach - Kantaten BWV 82, 56, 104, 106
J.S. Bach - Weihnachtsoratorium

Beethoven - Chorphantasie

Brahms - Ein deutsches Requiem

Carr - Requiem for an Angel
Carr - Seven last words from the Cross

Fauré - Requiem

Gounod - Messe de solenelle de Sainte-Cécile

Haydn - Missa in tempore belli (Paukenmesse)
Haydn - Die Jahreszeiten
Haydn - Stabat Mater

Händel - Brockes Passion – Händel
Händel – The Messiah

Liszt - Via crucem

Mendelssohn - Paulus

Mozart - Missa Brevis in B-flat

Mozart - Requiem

Saint-Saëns - Oratorio de Noël

Schumann - Requiem für Mignon op. 98b

Vaughan William - Fantasia on Christmas Carols

C. Wood - Requiem

 

 




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