The Dutch soprano, Renate Arends, graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Netherlands in The Hague and completed further studies with the International Opera Centrum Nederland where she has interpreted the roles of Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites), Drusilla (líIncoronazione di Poppea), Fanny (la Cambiale di Matrimonio) under the musical direction of Kenneth Mongomery, and AdŤle (Die Fledermaus) with the conductor Ransom Wilson.
Renate Arends made her opera debut with De Nederlandse Opera in Monteverdiís LíOrfeo in Pierre Audiís production. Since then she has been invited by Music hall Belgium where she performed the roles of Musetta (La Bohème) and Frasquita (Carmen) conducted by Rudolf Werthen and by the RBO she has performed Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice). With the Residentie Orkest, conducted by George Phelivanian, she has sung Nora (Riders to the Sea) and with Opera Trionfo she appeared as Thérèse (Les Mamelles de Tirésias) conducted by Ed Spanjaard (this performance was recorded for a CD and released on May 2003). Recent appearances include the roles of Nella (Gianni Schicchi), ZaÔde (líEurope Galante), and Astaroth (Die Königin Von Saba) as well as Lubanara in Mozartís Der Stein der Weisen and Poppea (Agrippina) both with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam on tour in The Netherlands and Europe.
Recent engagements include, among others; Thérèse (Les Mamelles de Tirésias) at the Opera of Toulon - France, Mozartís Exultate Jubilate with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The title role in Arthur Honeggerís Sainte Alméenne with Opera Transparant as well as concerts of contemporary works with the Dutch Schönberg Ensemble.
Renate Arends is also very active on the concert stage and is a regular guest of the Saturday -Matinee opera series at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. With the Noord Nederlands Orkest she sang Miroir de Peine by Hendrik Andriessen conducted by Roland Kieft and with the Utrechtís Barok Consort she has interpreted the title-role in Matthensonís Cleopatra. Other Oratorio repertoire includes the soprano arias from the Matthäus (BWV 244) and the Johannes (BWV 245) Passions, Ein Deutsches Requiem, The Messiah and the big Mass in C by W.A. Mozart. Future concert engagements include a.o. Schumannís Requiem with the Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mozartís C minor Mass with the Residentie Bachorkest and Residentie Bachkoor of The Netherlands.
Renate Arends was invited by the San Antonio Early Music Festival (USA) for a performance of Jephte by G.Carissimi conducted by Paul McCreesh and by the OK Mozart Festival (USA) to perform the role of AdŤle (Die Fledermaus). In the Netherlands she has also performed with Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Het Schönberg Ensemble, Het Nieuwe Ensemble and with ASKO ensemble, all well known ensembles for their interpretation of contemporary repertoire.