BIOGRAPHY

      Astrid started her music studies at 6 with harp and choir at the Conservatoire National de Nice in France. She continued her musical studies with singing at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome under the tutelage of Anna Maria Ferrante. In 2016 she graduated with great distinction from the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, where she studied with the wagnerian Soprano Stephanie Friede, in parallel with lessons with Abbie Furmansky in Berlin.

 

In August 2016, Astrid interprets the title-role in the opera Carmen at the Trentino Music Festival, under the baton of Christopher Larkin from the Washington Opera, and staged by the world-acclaimed director David Gately. 

Astrid made her Italian debut with the role of Hänsel (Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel) in 2015 at the Trentino Music Festival under the guidance of David L. Jackson (Metropolitan Opera). She also performed the part of Hänsel in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp’s production at DeSingel. Astrid performed the part of La Badessa (Puccini’s Suor Angelica) under the guidance of Elaine Rinaldi (Miami Orchestra), with the Music Academy International.

 

Astrid’s operatic performances include the roles of Grimgerde (Die Walküre) with the Norwegian National Opera, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) at DeSingel Antwerp, Dorabella (Così fan tutte) with the Laboratoire Lyrique Nei Stëmmen in Luxembourg, under the guidance of Enza Ferrari (Scala di Milano), Dido (Dido and Aeneas) with the Young Philharmonie Köln, The Mother  (Auber’s La Forêt Bleue) at the Royal Opera of Liège, the First Alto in the contemporary opera The House of the Sleeping Beauties of Chris Defoort in Antwerp. 

In 2014, Astrid was invited to sing the part of Alto solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, conducted by Volker Hartung at the Philharmonie of Cologne, and the Philharmonie of Essen.

Astrid performed the part of the Recitant in La Damoiselle Elue of Debussy, accompanied by the Antwerp Conservatory orchestra and choir, with Mrs Stephanie Friede as the Damoiselle. Astrid's oratorio repertoire includes Haydn's Sieben Letzten Worte, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium, Vivaldi's Gloria, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn's Elias, a.o..

Astrid’s passion for baroque music leads her to perform with the New Baroque Times Ensemble in Brussels, and at the Chapelle des Minimes in Brussels, where she explores the repertoire of Bach Cantatas. Since 2018, Astrid has also been a member of the the Barock Vokal Ensemble in Mainz. 

For the 2018-2019 season, Astrid covers the part of Vanina at the Prinzregententheater in Munich, sings Babaricha in Tsar Saltan at the Isny Opernfestival, the Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Arnalta (L'incoronazione di Poppea) with the Barock Vokal Mainz, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the Junge Philharmonie Köln, Rossini's Stabat Mater in Versailles, Mendelssohn's Elias, Vivaldi's Gloria, a.o.. 

In 2020, Astrid is invited to sing in the Soloist Choir (12 singers) at the bayerische Staatsoper in the new production staged by Marina Abramović, Seven Deaths of Maria Callas.

She is also performing the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Internationale Stiftung zur Förderung von Kultur und Zivilisation in a tour in South Germany.

 

 

 

 

Directors

David Jackson (Metropolitan Opera)

Michael Hofstetter (Berliner Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Giessen Theatre)

Christopher Larkin (Washington National Opera, NYC Opera)

Volker Hartung (Junge Philharmonie Köln)

Magnus Loddgard (Norvegian State Opera)

Michael Schneider (La Stagione, Camerata Köln)

Coaches

Enza Ferrari (Scala di Milano)

Paul Plummer (Royal Opera House)

Peter Nilsson (Dutch National Opera Amsterdam)

Sophie Raynaud (Bayerische Staatsoper)

Daniel Sarge (Wien Staatsoper)

Masterclasses

Dolora Zajick

Trish McCaffrey

Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet

Abbie Furmansky

Kai Wessel

John Norris

Christoph Prégardien

W. Stephen Smiths

Lionel Peintre

Nicolas Courjal

Nadine Denize

Andreas Heinzmann

Stage directors

David Gately 

Arild Helleland

Guy Joosten

Patrizia di Paolo

Stany Crets

Kristina Wuss

Marina Abramovic

 

 

 

 

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