Rik Willebrords

Rik Willebrords

Dramatic Countertenor

Countertenor with interest in various repertoire
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2017Strauss J.: Die FledermausPrinz Orlofsky
2017Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di PoppeaOttone
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroCherubino

Bio

As a child Rik (°25/10/1990) played the piano and sang in various choirs. At the age of 17 he enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in the class of professor Lubov Stuchevskaya, winner of international competitions, who remains to this day his main vocal teacher. He had lessons with Guy Joosten, Guy de Mey, Lucienne Van Deyck, Juliane Banse, Jane Hanschel, Sabrina Avantario, Carol Yahr, Dmitri Jurowski, Maxim Michailov, Adriana Zagrean Chiba and Martin Wölfel. He was chosen to take part in the URIM Lied Masterclasses at La Monnaie in Brussels fro the 2018-19 season. He is very honored to work with world class masters such as: Christianne Stotijn, Eric Schneider, Sara Mingardo, Joseph Breinl, Miah Persson, Julius Drake and Sergei Leiferkus. As of 2018, Rik is living and studying in Vienna.





In the season of 2009-2010 he was asked to create the part of Beer in the modern opera for children ‘Orphelie in de bovenkamer’. This production put him on the stage of a.o. the Flemish Opera in Antwerp and Ghent. At the conservatory he performed Dorel in the baroque opera by Baustetter: ‘Signoor in China’ under the baton of Ewald Demeyere. In his final year he sang Arbace in J.C. Bach’s ‘Artaserse’ with the same conductor. In operascenes he sang Cherubino and Prince Orlofsky.



In september 2010 Rik was asked by the provincial government of Antwerp to perform at the Antwerp Festival in Xi’An, China.

2011 brought an invitation to sing a leading role in a youth production at the Flemish Opera. In 2014 he sang Linos in a contemporary opera called ‘Dolores’ by Mathias Coppens. He performed this piece in Amsterdam and Antwerp. From 2013-2015 Rik was assigned guest professor for Lubov Stuchevskaya at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.



In 2015 Rik sang Georg in ‘Frühlingserwachen’ (B.Mernier) under the baton of Filip Rathé in a production by Guy Joosten in cooperation with the International Opera Academy in Ghent. He was engaged to sing ‘Songs and Dances of Death’ by Mussorgsky at the Cultuurmarkt in Antwerp in August of that same year.



In November 2015 he was a semifinalist at the ‘VII International Competition for Opera Singers’ in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He became a finalist at the ‘Concours Lyrique International’ in May 2016 in Braine L’Alleud, Belgium. In June he became a laureate at the International Opera Competition for Composers, Singers and Stage Directors in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. December 2018 brought him a fifth place and a special price in the ‘Ljuba Welitsch Wettbewerb’ in Vienna. He made his international debut in two contemporary operas in Stara Zagora in March 2017.



Highlights of the 2018/19 season are concerts in Brussels (La Monnaie) and Vienna (MUK theater, Musiekverein), his first Matthäus passion (Brussels) and his debut at the Staatstheater Braunschweig in ‘L’invisible’ by A. Reimann in a production by Tatjana Gürbaca.















                    


                


            


        

















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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss J.: Die Fledermaus Prinz Orlofsky No 2017
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea Ottone No 2017
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Cherubino No 2015

Awards

International opera competition Stara Zagora
2017