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Cécile van de Sant (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: the Nethermands

The Dutch mezzo-soprano, Cécile van de Sant, studied with Cora Canne Meijer at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam where she graduated Cum Laude and continued her studies in New York with Marlena Kleinmann Malas. She won prizes at numerous competitions amongst others the Internationaal Vocalisten Concours's Hertogenbosch, the Concours de Chant in Toulouse and the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere Wettbewerb in Vienna.

Cécile van de Sant's operatic roles include Tauride in George Frideric Handel's Arianna in Creta and Unulfo in Rodelinda with the Göttingen Händel Festival; the title-role in Tamerlano in Utrecht and Amsterdam; Cornelia in Giulio Cesare with Opera Ireland; the second harlot and the Queen of Sheba in Solomon with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv and Haifa; the Messagiera and Proserpina in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Speranza at the Teatro Liceu, Barcelona; the title role of Rossini's La Cenerentola in Kaiserslautern and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in London; Olga in Eugene Onegin at the Nationale Reisopera and with Opera North; Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande; the third lady in Die Zauberflöte for Opéra National de Paris and Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice with Scottisch Opera.

Cécile van de Sant also performs extensively in concerts and oratorio such as J.S. Bach's Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam under the baton of Jan Willem de Vriend, the Symphony nr. 9 of L.v. Beethoven in Japan and with Jaap van Zweden with het Orkest van het Oosten, and J.S. Bach's Mass in B minor (BWV 232) under the baton of Jordi Savall in Cuenca. She worked with conductors amongst others, Ivor Bolton, Claus Peter Flor, Armin Jordan, Raymond Leppard, Nicholas McGegan, Ed Spanjaard, Lawrence Renes, Richard Farnes, Kenneth Montgomery and Jos van Veldhoven.

Future engagements include Kate in Benjamin Britten's Owen Wingrave at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Dutch premiere of Deus Passus by Rihm with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly in Sweden, Goffredo in Rinaldo in Göttingen and Tauride in Arianna in Creta with the Nationale Reisopera under the baton of Jed Wentz with whom she recorded Mitridate (Farnace) and W.A. Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto) for Brilliant Classics.

Source: Dutch Divas Website (2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2006)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Reinhard Goebel


BWV 244

Jos Vermunt


BWV 244 [sung in Dutch]

Links to other Sites

Dutch Divas - Cécile van de Sant, mezzo soprano [English/Dutch]
Cecile Van De Sant, Mezzosoprano [Photo]

Oldenburger Promenade: Cecile van de Sant [Dutch]

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