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Current and future plans of Deirdre Angenent include Verdi Requiem in Zürich, Switzerland and a Beethoven concert in the Philharmonie in Essen at the end of this season. Deirdre just finished a run of ten Tannhäuser performances singing Venus at Aalto Theater Essen, Germany. Furthermore, following much acclaimed appreciation of her interpretation of Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle at Aalto Theater Essen in 2021-2022, she was invited to Israel for this part by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Steven Sloane). In June 2022 she was asked back at the last minute for two performances of Tannhäuser at the Wartburg in Eisenach.

In the 2020-2021 season she made her debut as Leonore in Fidelio in Metz, France. Other recent engagements include Waldtaube (Gurre-Lieder) and Fenena (Nabucco) at Aalto Theater Essen, Germany, Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Opéra de Lausanne, France and Das Meininger Staatstheater, Germany, Judith (Bluebeard's Castle) with the Essener Philharmoniker, Germany, Sieglinde (Walküre) at Aalto Theater Essen, Germany, Gertrud (Hänsel und Gretel) at Opéra National de Nancy, France, Venus (Tannhäuser) at Das Meininger Staatstheater, Germany, and Bucheon Philaharmonic Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea, and Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) with The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Furthermore, she performed at La Chaise-Dieu Festival, France, with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder.

In 2012, she received a Wagner Stipendium Bayreuth from the Dutch Wagner Society, Tyhe Netherlands. In 2015, she won the Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest, Romania.  This was followed by further international acclaim as Deirdre won the third prize in both the Leyla Gencer Competition in Istanbul, Turkey, the Elizabeth Connell Prize in Sydney, Australia, and the first prize in Valsesia Musica International Competition in Varallo, Italy. In 2014 she was prize winner at the International Voice Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

Deirdre Angenent graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in classical singing from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands, in May 2007. In June 2010, Deirdre graduated Summa Cum Laude from the DNOA Dutch National Opera Academy in The Hague/Amsterdam with a Master’s degree in Opera. She also has a Bachelore’s degree in Dutch language. 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.

February 2023