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Heleen Koele (Soprano)

Born: The Netherlands

The Dutch soprano, Heleen Koele, rounded off her solo voice studies at the Conservatory of Zwolle in 1991. Thereafter she was coached by Cora Canne Meijer, and currently by Charlotte Margiono.

Heleen Koele is active in as many areas of her profession as possible. For instance, together with pianist Steven Faber she forms a duo which gives song recitals throughout the country. They also recently recorded a CD of songs about youth, entitled: ”I am a person too”, a CD which was very well received by the press. She has performed the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss with the Netherlands Youth Orchestra conducted by Jurjen Hempel.

Heleen Koele also loves singing and acting in opera repertoire, for example in the title role in Suor Angelica and the role of Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. Furthermore, she is much in demand for oratorio, and as such has sung many diverse works: from J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) to Verdi’s Requiem.

Heleen Koele has been a member of the Nederlands Kamerkoor since 1998, and has also sung many solos in that context, e.g. in W.A. Mozart’s Requiem conducted by Jaap van Zweden and in Thamos under Kenneth Montgomery.

Her recent appearance as soloist in Johannes BrahmsRequiem with the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Marcus Creed was a huge success. One quote from the press: “The most warmth was radiated by soprano Heleen Koele. Her gilt-edged voice infused “Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit” with a rare and intense glow.”

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Source: Nederlands Kamerkoor Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Under her name


Audio: Aria from BWV 127

Peter Dijkstra


BWV 225-230
Audio (2015):
BWV 232 [1st recording]
V-13 (2013):
BWV 244 [4th recording]

Daniel Harding


Member of Nederlands Kamerkoor:
Audio (2015):
BWV 150, BWV 227

Jan Willem de Vriend


V-3 (2009): BWV 248/1-6 [2nd recording]

Links to other Sites

Nederlands Kammerkoor: Singers
Heleen Koele (Official Website) [Dutch]

Heleen Koele (Theaterguide) [Dutch]
Heleen Koelle - sopraan (Kox Vocaal) [Dutch]

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