Gilles Van Der Linden

Gilles Van Der Linden

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Gilles Van Der Linden
Gilles Van der Linden is an internationally acclaimed tenor and one of the most promising singers of his generation who despite his young age has sung at some of the major opera houses and concert halls in the world. He played the role of Raps in the world premiere of Andreas weent by Dutch composer Peter-Jan Wagemans at the Concergebouw Amsterdam under the baton of Danish conductor Michael Schønwandt. At the Opéra national du Rhin he sang the roles of Schulmeister in Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (Das schlaue Füchslein), Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, Steuermann in Der Fliegende Holländer and several roles in Bernstein’s Candide.

He performed Marcellus in Ambroise Thomas’ opera Hamlet as well as the Young Prisoner in Janáček’s From the House of the Dead (Aus einem Totenhaus) at the The Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. He sang the roles of Erster Geharnischter and Erster Priester in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Angers Nantes Opéra in Nantes, France. In 2013 Gilles sang the leading role in Peter Benoit’s oratorio De Schelde in a production of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Martyn Brabbins.

Gilles worked with internationally renowned directors such as Nigel Lowery, Laurent Pelly, Michael Hampe, Peter Konwitschny, Calixto Bieito, Romeo Castellucci, Daniel Kramer, Guy Joosten, Michael Thalheimer, Mariame Clément, Robert Carsen and Keith Warner. Conductors he collaborated with include Yannis Pouspourikas, Federico Maria Sardelli, Patrick Davin, Alexander Joel, Dmitri Jurowski, Marc Minkowski, Paolo Carignani, Alberto Zedda, Thomas Zehetmair, Martyn Brabbins, Hartmut Haenchen, Friedemann Layer, Constantin Trinks und Marko Letonja.

Gilles studied at the conservatories of Antwerp and Ghent and continued his education at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, a Belgian academic institution for artistic training of young musicians, which was created by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. There he also got to work together with internationally acclaimed Belgian bass-baritone José van Dam and alongside Mr. van Dam sang the role of Rodriguez in Jules Massenet’s Don Quichotte at La Monnaie.

As a laureate of the L'Académie du Festival d'Aix he was also invited to perform at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. In the following Gilles was again back at La Monnaie as a Knappe in Wagner’s Parsifal.

At the Flanders Opera he sang Belmonte in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, Eurimaco in l ritorno d'Ulisse and Messaggero in Aida. As a soloist in the house ensemble he performed a huge variety of roles: spanning from Jack O'Brien and Toby Higgins in Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Magagonny, Don Luigino in Il viaggio a Reims, Trabucco in La forza del Destino, Ramon in the world premiere of Rumor by German composer Christian Jost, Carlos in Le Duc d'Albe to Remendado in Carmen.
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