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Deirdre Judith Angenent (1984) graduated with a bachelor’s degree in classical singing from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem (the Netherlands) in May 2007. She was also invited to participate in the international Lied masterclasses for voice and piano with Udo Reinemann at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She joined the Dutch National Opera Academy (DNOA) in The Hague/Amsterdam in 2008 under the artistic leadership of Alexander Oliver, for which she received a scholarship from the VandenEnde Foundation. In June 2010, Deirdre graduated Summa Cum Laude from the DNOA with a master’s degree in opera. Supported by the prestigious Huygens Scholarship from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, she continued studying with Ira Siff in New York, USA. She received a Wagner Stipendium from the Dutch Wagner Society to attend the Bayreuth Festspiel during the summer of 2012.

In 2014, Deirdre won the Dutch Opera prize and two audience prizes at the International Voice Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. After winning the first prize of Le Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest, Romania in August 2015, she accepted a contract at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Germany. This was followed by further international acclaim as Deirdre won prizes at the Leyla Gencer Competition in Istanbul, Turkey, the Elizabeth Connell Prize in Sydney, Australia and the Valsesia Musica International Competition in Varallo. In 2016, Deirdre sang Venus in Tannhäuser in Seoul, South Korea with the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Engagements in the 2017/2018 season include Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito in the Netherlands with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Gertud in Hänsel und Gretel in Nancy, France, as well as Komponist (Strauss) and Venus (Wagner) in Meiningen and Sieglinde in Essen. In 2018/2019 she will revive the role of Komponist, this time in Switzerland, and debut as Judit in Bartók’s Bluebeards Castle in Essen. Deirdre Angegent is coached by Nadine Secunde, Ira Siff and Peter Nilsson and gives regular recitals in Europe. She is acclaimed for her charismatic interpretations, her powerful instrument and her captivating presence on the stage.

November 2017

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