Jan Wouters

Jan Wouters

Dramatic Countertenor

"The delightful and full body voiced countertenor Jan Wouters"- Süddeutsche Zeitung - Flight 2017
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«Der Counter Jan Wouters Tompetet eindrucksvoll als zwischen inland un ausland gegangener flüchtling.»
Abendzeitung (2017)
«Jan Wouters als Flüchtling , der auf dem weg ist zu einer art dramatischem Countertenor»
Münchner Merkur (2017)
«Beglückend das Solistenensemble, an dessen Spitze der Countertenor Jan WOuters als „Flüchtling“kräftigen, sehr irdischen Höhen und kerniger Optik steht.»
2017Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoTolomeo
2017Mozart: RequiemAlto
2017Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoGiulio Cesare
2017Rossini: TancrediTancredi
2016Mozart: RequiemAlto
2016Pergolesi: Stabat MaterAlto
2016Rossini: Petite Messe SolennelleAlto
2016Bach J.s.: Matthäuspassion, Bwv 244 (st. Matthew Passion)Contralto
2016Dove: FlightRefugee
2015Purcell: Dido and AeneasSorceress
2015Purcell: Dido and AeneasSpirit
2015Mozart: RequiemAlto
2015Bach J.s.: Weihnachtsoratorium, Bwv 248 (christmas Oratorio)Alto

Bio





Belgian countertenor Jan Wouters started studying music (Oboe, piano, singing, solfège, composition and music history) at his local music academy in Herentals. At the age of 16 he continued his music studies at the secondary school Heilig-Graf (Music department) in Turnhout, amongst others in the singing class of Nele Geerinckx and Katrine Druyts. In 2013 he graduated with greatest distinction( Summa Cum Laude). Jan was a laureate at the Princess Christina Competition in ’s Hertogenbosch, Holland, and in November 2013 he became 1st Laureate and winner of the National Competition Belfius Classics in Brussels, Belgium. In September 2018 he became finalist in the International vocal competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Since 2013 Jan studies at the LUCA school of arts, campus Lemmens, in Leuven, where he obtained his Bachelor diploma in 2016. His teacher was Gerda Lombaerts. In 2016 he started studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich with Prof. Fenna Kügel-Seifried Where he obtained his master with greatest distinction. 

He took masterclass with Maarten Koningsberger (Amsterdam/ Paris), Roberta Alexander (Rotterdam), Monica Benvenuti (Florence), W. Stephen Smith( Julliard, New York) and Kai Wessel (Köln). During his studies, Jan been performing regularly as a soloist.

Various concert band orchestras in Flanders invited him to join them on stage for unique performances. Last years he sung concerts including Stabat Mater (Pergolesi)/ Stabat Mater (Vivaldi)/ Stabat Mater (Tuma)/ Stabat Mater (Cafaro)/ Gloria (Vivaldi)/ Comeye Sons of Art (Purcell)/ Te Deum (Charpentier)/ Johannespassion (Bach)/ Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4 (Bach)/ Weihnachtsoratorium (Bach)/Mattheuspassion(Bach/TrauerKantate (Telemann)/ Requiem (Mozart)/ Cavell Mass (World Premiere,Mitchell)/ Nelson Messe (Haydn)/ Dido and Aeneas (Purcell, role of Sorceressand Spirit)/ Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Händel, role of Tolomeo)

In 2015 he sang Sea Pictures( Elgar), with the Symphonic Youth Orchestra Edegem: A world premiere for a countertenor to sing this song cycle with an orchestra. Jan had his first big opera debut in February 2017 at Prinzregententheater Munich in Jonathan Dove’s ‘Flight’ as Refugee.



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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Handel: Messiah, Hwv 56 Alto Immediately 2018
Bach J.s.: Johannespassion, Bwv 245 (st John Passion) Contralto 1 week 2018
Mozart: Requiem Soprano DeChorale 2018
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto Tolomeo 1 week Hochschule für Musik und Theater München 2017
Mozart: Requiem Alto Immediately Musa Horti 2017

Awards

First Prize- Belfius classics
2017
Honorable mention- Prinses Christina Concours
2017
Finalist IVC InternationAal vocalisten concours ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2018