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Donald Bentvelsen (Bass-Baritone)

Born: 1964 - Holland

The Dutch bass-baritone, Donald Bentvelsen, discovered singing when he was in college at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, where he got a degree in English language and literature in 1988. In Leiden he joined the Leiden English Choir, and, later on, discovered contemporary music when he joined the Nederlands Studenten Kamerkoor. Between 1988 and 1994 he studied classical singing with Margreet Honig at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. During this time he participated in master-classes by Bernard Kruysen and Udo Reinemann.

Donald Bentvelsen sang the following opera roles: Stuurman (De Schipbreuk/Wagenaar), Parmenione (l’Occasione fa il Ladro/Rossini), William Shakespeare (William/Bart Visman), Bruin de Beer (Reynaert de Vos/Ruud Bos), Graaf Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro/Mozart), and recited the speaking parts from Arthur Honegger’s Le Roi David. In the year 2000 he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouworchestra, then led by Riccardo Chailly, singing a part in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

As a soloist Donald Bentvelsen sang in many oratorio-concerts in The Netherlands and other parts of Europe, and was fortunate to work with the following fine conductors: Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Hans van den Hombergh, Jos van Veldhoven and Paul McCreesh.

As for ensemble music, Donald Bentvelsen was invited by the following groups: Huelgas Ensemble, led by Paul van Nevel (where he participated in a recording of Cypriano De Rore’s music- Harmonia Mundi), Ensemble Tragicomedia (Stephen Stubbs),The Amsterdam Baroque Soloists (Ton Koopman), Ensemble Alte Musik Dresden (Norbert Schuster), Capella Figuralis (Jos van Veldhoven), Trinity Baroque (Julian Podger), Capilla Flamenca (Bart Vandewege) and Capella Palestrina (Maarten Michielsen). He has been a member from the start of Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Choir, and has been regularly invited as a free-lance singer with Collegium Vocale Gent, the Dutch Radio Chorus, The German Chamber Choir, the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Dutch Bach Society), and the Nederlands Kamerkoor (Netherlands’Chamber Choir).

In 1995 Donald Bentvelsen founded a male vocal quartet, the now renowned Egidius Kwartet. This group’s main focus is on the franco-flemish polyphony of the sixteenth century, but they also perform contemporary music, and even recorded a Schubert programme. In these 10 years they released nine albums and numerous other publications, and received high acclaim for their innovative programmes and performances. The group consider it a great honour to have been granted the official Dutch state subsidy as of January 2005.

Donald Bentvelsen can be heard on the following recordings released by Erato: Bach's Cantatas BWV 150 and BWV 201 and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, all with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra led by Ton Koopman. A recording of Buxtehude's Tag des jüngsten Gerichts will be released in 2006. He participated in all the recordings of the Egidius Kwartet. He had a solo share in the following recordings as well: Cipriano de Rore, Missa Praeter rerum seriem/Madrigaux et motets (Harmonia Mundi), with the Huelgas Ensemble, led by Paul van Nevel; Siehe, meine Freundin, du bist schön, Music based on texts from the Song of Songs, (Raumklang) with the Ensemble Alte Musik Dresden led by Norbert Schuster; Giacomo Puccini, Il Trittico/Gianni Schicchi (RCO) with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by Riccardo Chailly.

Source: The Artist (October 2005, November 2005)
Contributed by
Donald Bentvelson (October 2005, November 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

Conductor

As

Works

Ton Koopman

Bass

BWV 150, BWV 201

Ton Koopman

Bass

Member of Amsterdam Baroque Choir:
Cantatas Vol. 1: CD-1:
BWV 21, BWV 131; CD-2: BWV 106, BWV 196, BWV 71, BWV 150; CD-3: BWV 31, BWV 185, BWV 4
Cantatas Vol. 2: CD-1: BWV 12, BWV 18, BWV 61; CD-2: BWV 172, BWV 132, BWV 182
Cantatas Vol. 3: CD-1: BWV 63, BWV 162, BWV 155; BWV 22, BWV 23, BWV 163, BWV 165; CD-3: BWV 161, BWV 208
Cantatas Vol. 4: CD-1: BWV 198, BWV 215; CD-2: BWV 214; CD-3: BWV 201
Cantatas Vol. 5: CD-1: BWV 207a; CD-2: BWV 206; CD-3: BWV 205; CD-4: BWV 213
Cantatas Vol. 6: CD-1: BWV 76, BWV 75; CD-2: BWV 190, BWV 179, BWV 59, BWV 69; CD-3: BWV 50, BWV 186, BWV 104, BWV 69a
Cantatas Vol. 7: CD-1: BWV 25, BWV 95, BWV 144, BWV 67, BWV 24; CD-2: BWV 136, BWV 184, BWV 105, BWV 148; CD-3: BWV 147, BWV 181, BWV 173
Cantatas Vol. 8: CD-1: BWV 65, BWV 89, BWV 60, BWV 83; CD-2: BWV 40, BWV 46, BWV 64, BWV 167; CD-3: BWV 109, BWV 81, BWV 77, BWV 90
Cantatas Vol. 9: CD-1: BWV 48, BWV 154, BWV 138, BWV 173a; CD-2: BWV 37, BWV 153, BWV 166, BWV 86, BWV 70; CD-3: BWV 66, BWV 194
Cantatas Vol. 12: CD-1:
BWV 135, BWV 124, BWV 121, BWV 111; CD-2: BWV 99, BWV 78, BWV 114; CD-3: BWV 91, BWV 107, BWV 116, BWV 8
Cantatas Vol. 14: CD-2:
BWV 26, BWV 178
Cantatas Vol. 18: CD-1:
BWV 55, BWV 47; CD-2: BWV 52, BWV 187; CD3: BWV 36
Cantatas Vol. 20: CD-1:
BWV 120a, BWV 156; CD-2: BWV 149, BWV 14, BWV 29, BWV 192; CD-3: BWV 120, BWV 11, BWV 9, BWV 112
Cantatas Vol. 21: CD-1:
BWV 100, BWV 177, BWV 195; CD-2: BWV 140; CD-3: BWV 197, BWV 97, BWV 118, BWV 191
Cantatas Vol., 22: CD-1:
BWV 80, BWV 236, BWV 30; CD-2: W.F. Bach: Gaudete omnes populi, F103; CD-3: BWV 30a, BWV 235

Jos van Veldhoven

Bass

Member of Nederlandse Bachvereniging:
Video:
BWV 130, BWV 146

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