After studying at the
same time at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp (classical singing) and the
Royal Conservatory of Brussels (early music), Elise decided to continue her
musical education at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (NL) where she
graduated cum laude in 2006, having taken singing lessons with Gerda van
Zelm and Diane Forlano.
She has taken master classes with Peter Kooij,
Elly Ameling, David Wilson Johnson, Ayala Sicron and Jozef De Beenhouwer.
Elise's performances have been received
to great acclaim. The Dutch press called her a very special Belgian talent
and in Belgium she was offered a recital with ensemble Oxalys for Important
Young Talents in the Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts and in November 2005 she
worked as a soloist with the Concertgebouworkest conducted by Philippe
Herreweghe in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Vredenburg in Utrecht.
In 2007 she will perform
the lead role in ‘House’, a new opera by Wim Henderickx coproduced by La
Monnaie, Muziektheater Transparant and the Zurich Theatre Festival.
She will also sing the
world premiere in Beijing of ‘Wired’; Nicholas Lens’ newest composition for
soprano and harp.
Operatic roles so far
have included Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido
and Aeneas, Ariel in Purcell’s The Tempest and the lead role in Blow’s Venus
and Adonis as well as Arianna in Drift (an adaptation of Monteverdi’s
L’Arianna, selected and awarded by the Flanders & Holland Theatre Festival
2004) and Messagiera in L’Orfeo also by Monteverdi.
Elise has worked as a
soloist all over Europe with conductors like Philippe Herreweghe, Jordi
Savall, Reinbert De Leeuw, Facundo Agudin, Gabriel Garrido, Ivo Venkov, Jan
Van Outryve and Chris Pouw and with ensembles as Oxalys (B), the Spirit of
Gambo (NL), La Sfera Armoniosa (NL), La Primavera (NL) Le Tendre Amour
She has sung in the
Flanders Opera (Ghent and Antwerp), the Amsterdam Stadsschouwburg and
Concertgebouw, the Vredeburg, the Palais des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles, Radio
France Paris and she has performed for numerous prestigeous festivals as the
Festival de Beaune (F), Festival d´Ambronay (F), Festival du Périgord (F)
Festival de Música San Sebastián (SP), Festival de Música Vigo (SP),
Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (NL).
picture: Andrea de Carlo