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Following the global coronavirus outbreak, Deirdre Angenent's performance as Eva (Irrelohe, Schreker) at Opéra de Lyon (originally scheduled for March 2020) has been postponed. Other events for the 2020/2021 season would have included: Ein Sommernachstraum: "Ewig uns" (Beethoven) at Theater und Philharmonie Essen and Sieglinde (in Ring an einem Abend, Wagner) at Aalto-Theater, Essen. It is currently unknown if these events will be rescheduled as well. Future plans include Leonore (Fidelio, Beethoven) in Metz, Venus (Tannhäuser, Wagner) in Essen and Judit (Blaubart, Bartók) in Essen.

Recent engagements include Waldtaube (Gurre-Lieder) at Aalto-Theater Essen, Fenena (Nabucco) at Aalto-Theater EssenKomponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Opéra de Lausanne and Das Meininger Staatstheater, Judit (Bluebeard's Castle) with the Essener PhilharmonikerSieglinde (Walküre) at Aalto-Theater Essen, Gertrud (Hänsel und Gretel) at Opéra National de NancyVenus (Tannhäuser) at Das Meininger Staatstheater and with Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra in Seoul, Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) with The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in the Netherlands. Furthermore, she performed at La Chaise-Dieu Festival with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (formerly, deFilharmonie Antwerp) in Beethoven's Symphony no. 9, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder, and in the Netherlands Judit (Bluebeard's Castle)Dido (Dido and Enea).

In 2012 she received a Wagner Stipendium Bayreuth from the Dutch Wagner Society. In 2015 she won the first prize of Le Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest, Romania, also gaining a contract at the Aalto-Theater Essen. 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 Valsesia Musica International Competition in Varallo, Italy. In 2014 she was prize winner at the International Voice Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands (Dutch Opera prize and two audience prizes). 

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 (NL) 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 is now coached by Hedwig Fassbender and Peter Nilsson.

January 2021

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