Dutch bass-baritone Joris van Baar has evolved into one of the most versatile singers of his generation, active in repertoire that ranges from early music to the 21st century. This season he had a variety of role debuts, including Hobson (Peter Grimes) and Figaro (Le Nozze di FigaroOther roles he has prepared and performed include AeneasDido & Aeneas), Marquis de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), Lorenzo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Publio in (La Clemenza di TitoHe participated in special projects such as the double role of Sprecher/Sarastro in a collaboration between OPERA2DAY and Stadsschouwburg Utrecht A Bite at die Zauberflöte and the open air performance King Lear (G. Verdi & F. Merkies) with Holland Opera.
He is a sought after recitalist, performing at the International Chamber Music Festival Schiermonnikoog and young artist program Jonge Grote Zangers. Furthermore, he was invited to perform on Radio 4 and Podium Witteman, the Netherlands’ number one radio channel and TV show for classical music respectively. He seeks to develop himself further in this genre through masterclasses with Dr. Bretton Brown, Jeff Cohen, Simon Keenlyside, Bejun Mehta, Jard van Nes and with Thomas Quasthoff at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
An acclaimed performer of oratorio, he has worked with Dame Emma Kirkby, who supervised a performance of Messiah (G.F. Handel) and a program of lute songs by H. Purcell and contemporaries at Noorderkerk, Amsterdam. Other highlights include a fully staged St. John’s Passion (J.S. Bach) and the original chamber orchestra version of Requiem (G. Fauré).
After starting out in musical theater at Fontys University of the Arts, Tilburg, he continued his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he obtained his master's degree in 2021 with distinction.