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MAARTEN KONINGSBERGER

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Maarten Koningsberger

Period

1955 - current

Genre

bariton, classical, opera

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Maarten Koningsberger

Maarten Koningsberger is acclaimed as a singer of lieder -- with such accompanists as Graham Johnson, Rudolf Jansen, Kelvin Grout, Roger Braun, and Fred Jacobs – as well as an opera singer. In both, this versatile baritone has given countless performances in the Netherlands and abroad. Koningsberger has a broad ...
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bariton

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Biography Maarten Koningsberger

Maarten Koningsberger is acclaimed as a singer of lieder -- with such accompanists as Graham Johnson, Rudolf Jansen, Kelvin Grout, Roger Braun, and Fred Jacobs – as well as an opera singer. In both, this versatile baritone has given countless performances in the Netherlands and abroad. Koningsberger has a broad repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Berio. From time to time he makes controversial excursions into light classical and popular music, and he enthusiastically embraces experimental productions. The music critic Eddie Vetter has described him as “a fine lyrical baritone with a sonorous voice down to the low register and a somewhat weak high register, with perfect diction so that every word is clear and a highly developed sense of style”. (De Telegraph, November 18, 2003) Koningsberger teaches singing at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.

1955 - 1985

Maarten Koningsberger is born in Utrecht. He begins his musical training with the piano and later focuses on singing. He studies at the conservatory in Amsterdam with Max van Egmond. After completing his soloist diploma he takes lessons at l'École de Art Lyrique in Paris and l'Atelier de Chant in Lyon. He also has lessons with Udo Reinemann, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf en Margreet Honig. He makes his opera debut with the Opéra Comique in Paris in a production of 'Les Indes galantes' (1735) by Jean-Philippe Rameau.

1986

With the Opera Forum, Koningsberger sings the role of Pelléas in Claude Debussy's 'Pelléas et Mélisande' (1902).

1991

He makes his debut with De Nederlandse Opera as Tancredi in Monteverdi's 'Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda' (1624).

1999 - 2000

Koningsberger sings prominent parts in works like 'Les grands motets' (1734-1753) by Jean-Joseph de Mondonville and title roles in such operas as Umberto Giordano's 'Andrea Chenier' (1896), Henry Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas' (1689), and Georg Friedrich Händels 'Apollo e Daphne' (1710).

2001

He makes an acclaimed debut in the Concertgebouw's International Vocal Series and establishes himself among the top lieder singers.

2003

He sings Franz Schubert's 'Winterreise' (1827) in the translation by Jan Rot, who attempts in the Dutch texts to link the work with the contemporary zeitgeist. For the same reason, Rot urges Koningsberger “to sing as though he were interpreting something by Annie M.G. Schmidt”. (Algemeen Dagblad, March 12, 2003) A CD is released with Koningsberger and the pianist Roger Braun performing the standard German version of 'Winterreise'.

2004

With the dancer Dries van der Post, pianist Kelvin Grout, and director Margrith Vrenegoor, Koningsberger develops a music theatre production around the lieder of Gustav Mahler's 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn' (1889), 'Rückertlieder' (1904), and 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen' (1885). In the production, Koningsberger and Van der Post portray two men who love each other. Koningsberger, Braun and the radio broadcaster Huib Ramaer present songs, poems and piano pieces by the Dutch author Simon Vestdijk (1898-1971): “Simon Vestdijk was intensively occupied with music. His 'music novels' 'De koperen tuin' and 'Het glinsterend pantser' are of course well known. But almost nobody knows that Vestdijk also composed music. His widow, Mieke Vestdijk, pulled together all of the available compositions for us”. (NRC Handelsblad, February 2, 2004)

2007

Koningsberger plays King Louis in the children's production 'The King Dances!', with music by Jean Baptiste Lully, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and others: “I consider it very important that children's concerts are given, certainly when you consider that schools are no longer responsible for the cultural development of children. I think that we must take action early on to ensure that children keep the door to classical music open, because then the chance is greater that they will come to love it”. (www.hollandsymfonia.com) Koningsberger performs in the children's concert Singing Dogs Don't Bite at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

2009

For the Evangelisch Omroep [Evangelical Broadcasting Company] he makes the programme The Matthew Passion Master Class, in which he guides five well-known non-classical singers in arias and recitatifs from Bach's 'St Matthew Passion'. “It is an experiment, of course, but I enjoy exploring the limits. (…) I wanted them to sing the way they sing. The classical world always thinks it knows so well how everything has to be. I waited to see what I got from them and was just astonished. I tried to feel what they felt. The 'St Matthew Passion' is aiming too high, of course. I was vocally and artistically ready for it only after three years of study; they had three weeks. But it wasn't so much about the result as the process. It becomes interesting when you see something develop”. (Het Parool, April 3, 2009)

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