Rik Willebrords

Rik Willebrords

Dramatic Countertenor

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

Bio

As a child Rik (°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 and Martin Wölfel.


           
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.


In 2011-2012 Rik played the main character in a youth production for
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 as assistent teacher 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 became a semifinalist at the “VII International Competition for Opera Singers” in Saint-Petersburg.
             
He became a finalist at the “Concours Lyrique International” in May
2016 in Braine L’Alleud. In June he became a laureate at the
International Opera Competition for Composers, Singers and Stage
Directors in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. He will perform in the State Opera
there in March 2017. He performed his first Stabat Mater by Vivaldi in
June.



                    
                
            
        





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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Strauss J.: Die Fledermaus Prince 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