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About

Dutch alto/mezzo-soprano Annemarie Vergoossen started her musical career as a pianist and flute player, taught by her parents. As a flute player, she gained experience both as a soloist and orchestral member, and won several prizes in the soloist and ensemble categories. At the age of 16 she started her private voice lessons, before starting her bachelor studies in Amsterdam, with vocal coach Pierre Mak, at the age of 18. After finishing her bachelors successfully, she continued her opera studies in Freiburg im Breisgau with Prof. Angela Nick and Gabriele Kniesel.

During her studies she has participated in several masterclasses by amongst others Prof. Renate Faltin and Marina Prudenskaya.

She was a semifinalist of the 2022 Elizabeth Connell Prize, and in 2021 she won the 3rd prize at the Online Vocal Competition of Opera Tools, and in 2018 she was a finalist in the International Anton Rubinstein Competition.

In 2021 she sang the Erste and Zweite Magd of Strauss’ Elektra, which was presented online. In 2022 she will be singing the role of 3rd Wood-sprite in a production of the theatre of Krefeld and Mönchengladbach of the opera Rusalka by Dvořák.

Other roles on her repertoire are Baronessa Aspasia from Rossini’s La pietra del Paragone, Zulma and Isabella from L’Italiana in Algeri, Dorabella from Mozart's Così fan tutte, Ježibaba, and Cizí kněžna from Rusalka by Dvořák.

 

Since August 2022 she has a permanent position as a first alto in the Staatsopernchor Berlin (Staatsoper unter den Linden).

As an oratorio singer she sung amongst others the alto solos of Bach’s Cantatas BWV 36 (Schwingt freudig euch empor) and BWV 99 (Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan), and in 2022 she will be singing the Alto solo of the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini.

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