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 marked role debuts such as Aeneas (H. Purcell), Famigliare and cover of Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea (C. Monteverdi) and Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites (F. Poulenc).* Other performed roles include Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (V. Bellini), Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro and Publio in La Clemenza di Tito (W.A. Mozart). Special projects were the double role Sprecher/Sarastro in OPERA2DAY’s collaboration with Stadsschouwburg Utrecht: A Bite at die Zauberflöte (W.A. Mozart) and the open air spectacle 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, where he will open for Eva-Maria Westbroek at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in February 2021. 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 with Harry van Berne and Sasja Hunnego. He obtained his bachelor’s degree with distinction in 2019. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree under the tutelage of Don Marrazzo.
*Performances of Dido & Aeneas, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Dialogues des Carmélites have been suspended until further notice.