Dutch bass-baritone Joris van Baar (1996) is a bachelor student at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2018 he joined a young talent program with Stichting Noorderkerkconcerten, performing lute songs by Purcell and contemporaries and Messiah (G.F. Handel) under the guidance of Dame Emma Kirkby. He is a 2017 laureate of Classic Young Masters, a young talent program in which young musicians receive entrepreneurial guidance for two years.
Roles he has performed in opera include Lorenzo/Capellio in a concert version of I Capuleti e i Montecchi (V. Bellini) and Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro (W.A. Mozart). He participated in the world premiere of Fortress Europe (C. Tsoupaki) with ASKO|Schoenberg at Dutch National Opera as a choir member.
Van Baar has performed both of J.S. Bach’s passions with professional baroque orchestras. Most recently, he performed the solo and choir parts in a semi-staged performance of St John’s Passion with Luthers Bach Ensemble. His concert repertoire also includes Requiem (G. Fauré), The Crucifixion (J. Stainer), Markus Passion (R. Keiser) and Die Sieben Todsünden (K. Weill). Having a special interest in art song, he performed Dichterliebe (R. Schumann) in recital with pianist William Shaw and selected Schumann songs with pianist Mirsa Adami.
After a preparatory year in musical theater he continued his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Harry van Berne and Sasja Hunnego. He is currently under the tutelage of Don Marrazzo. He has participated in masterclasses with Simon Keenlyside, Margreet Honig, Dr. Bretton Brown, Tom Muraco, Alexander Oliver, Jeff Cohen and Ira Siff.
Future highlights are an open air production of King Lear (G. Verdi/F. de Merkies) with Holland Opera and his role debut as Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (H. Purcell) with Holland Baroque.