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Dutch soprano Hanneke de Wit studied at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague with Thea van der Putten, Rita Dams and Diane Forlano. In 2004 she graduated the New Opera Academy with distinction.

Hanneke made her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Bruckner’s Mass in f-minor conducted by Philippe Herreweghe and she gave a recital as part of the “Young Dutch Musicians” in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. With the Brabant’s Orchestra she performed in Mozart’s Requiem with Jan Willem de Vriend and she performed in Haydn’s Nelson Mass together with the Orchestra of the 18th century and conductor Frans Brüggen.
She performed the 2nd soprano in Mozart’s Davide Penitente with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Händel’s Messiah with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra with conductor Peter Dijkstra and Debussy’s Le martyre de Saint Sébastien with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra.
Her appearances on the opera stage include La Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Martin Sieghart and the Gelders Orchestra on a tour in Holland, First Lady in Mozart’s Zauberflöte, conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend in a semi staged performance in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Pamina in the Rai Theater in Amsterdam, the role of Petresse in Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau, Woglinde in Das Rheingold  and Götterdämmerung conducted by Ed Spanjaard and the soprano part in as staged version of Bach’s Johannes Passion directed by Dale Duesing, all at the Nationale Reisopera.

Micha Hamel composed a special work for her and the Doelen Quartet which was performed in 2005 at the Doelen Concert Hall in Rotterdam. An invitation for the Gergiev Festival that same year followed soon. Hanneke de Wit is already an accomplished Lied performer. Together with pianist Alexander Schmalcz she gives numerous recitals in all major halls in The Netherlands including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Her broad repertoire includes works such as Bach’s Passions, Mozart’s Krönungsmesse and Requiem, Hoffmann’s Miserere, Brahms’s Ein deutches Requiem, Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgerfahrt, Mahler’s 2. Symphony, Mendelssohn’s Elias/ Paulus etc.

In 2004 Hanneke de Wit won the first prize in the Cristina Deutekom Opera Competition. During the IVC competition 2006 in Den Bosch Hanneke de Wit won the prize for the best Dutch singer. Hanneke de Wit participated in the master classes of Roberta Alexander, Elly Ameling, Graham Clarke, Robert Holl, Charlotte Margiono, Jard van Nes, and Ian Bostridge.

Currently she is coached by Margreet Honig and renowned baritone Matthias Goerne. Due to her great interest in languages Hanneke de Wit also completed German Language and Literature studies at the University of Leiden.


Richard Strauss Lieder

Soprano Hanneke de Wit and Pianist Alexander Schmalcz recorded some of R. Strauss's  early songs in January 2009.

HANNEKE DE WIT: R. Strauss, Geduld

HANNEKE DE WIT: R. Strauss, Mohnblumen

Hanneke de Wit

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