Jan-willem Schaafsma

Jan-willem Schaafsma

Mozart Tenor

Opera engagements and concerts
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2018Weill: Die Sieben TodsündenBrother (tenor)
2018Haydn: Die SchöpfungUriel
2018Haydn: Mass No. 11, Hob. XXII/11, D minor (Nelson Mass)Tenor
2017Handel: Acis and GalateaAcis
2017Mozart: RequiemTenor
2017Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)Evangelist
2017Rossini: Le Comte OryLe Comte Ory
2017Thomas: HamletLaerte
2016Britten: Canticle 3, Op. 55 (Still Falls the Rain)Tenor
2016Schubert: Auf dem Strom, D. 943Tenor
2016Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)Evangelist
2015Handel: AlcinaOronte
2015Rossini: Stabat MaterTenor
2014Verdi: La TraviataGastone
2014Puccini: TurandotPong
2013Bernstein: CandideCandide
2012Dvořák: Stabat Mater, B. 71, Op. 58Tenor
2012Ravel: L'heure espagnoleGonzalve
2011Martinů: MirandolinaFabrizio
2007Donizetti: Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze TeatraliGuglielmo Antolstoinoff
2004Smetana: The Two WidowsLadislaus
2004Offenbach: La vie parisienneFrick
2004Offenbach: La vie parisienneProsper
2003Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroDon Curzio
2003Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroDon Basilio
2003Mozart: Die ZauberflöteMonostatos
2002Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesLa Théière


Dutch tenor Jan-Willem Schaafsma completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory (The Hague) and received his Master-degree at the Dutch National Opera Academy (DNOA).   In DNOA he sang several full roles, among which Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Britten) and La Théière/La Rainette (L’enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel), focusing on the character Fach and comprimario roles. After his graduation he sang Dr. Cajus (Falstaff, Verdi) in the IVAI festival, Tel Aviv, conducted by maestro Paul Nadler, and Phaeton (Phaeton, Lully) in a tour throughout The Netherlands.   In the past years he sang Candide (Candide, Bernstein) and La Barca (Banchieri) at the Nederlandse Reisopera (Dutch Touring Opera). In 2011 he sang the role of Fabrizio in Mirandolina (Martinů) under the baton of maestro Ed Spanjaard.   At the Dutch National Opera (DNO) he performed in Platée (Rameau), Deidamia (Handel) and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Wagner). Recently, he performed Gastone in La Traviata (Verdi), with Opera Zuid and Pong in a concertante version of Turandot (Puccini). Coming season mr. Schaafsma will be performing in the new production of Opera Trionfo Antigona (Traetta) and in a recital in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Concertgebouw Kamerorkest.   In concerts, he worked with Ed Spanjaard (Stabat Mater, Dvořak) and with Reinbert de Leeuw, performing the arias of the Matthäus Passion (Bach) with the Limburgs Symfonie Orkest. His oratoriorepertoire is extensive and ranges from Bach and Handel to Britten and Berio.   Mr. Schaafsma has worked with conductors such as Edo de Waart, Ed Spanjaard, Kenneth Montgomery, Reinbert de Leeuw, José Esandi, Jeremy Carnall, Ivor Bolton and Gabriel Garrido.   In addition to his opera and concert engagements, Jan-Willem takes part in the renowned Dutch vocal group Frommermann, mainly performing repertoire of the Comedian Harmonists.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Weill: Die Sieben Todsünden Brother (tenor) Immediately 2018
Haydn: Die Schöpfung Uriel 24 hours 2018
Haydn: Mass No. 11, Hob. XXII/11, D minor (Nelson Mass) Tenor 24 hours 2018
Handel: Acis and Galatea Acis 24 hours Barok Opera Amsterdam 2017
Mozart: Requiem Tenor Immediately NASKA 2017