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Deirdre gained a Bachelor degree in classical singing from ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem (The Netherlands) in May 2007. She also was selected for The international Lied Masterclasses for Voice and Piano at the Conservatory in Amsterdam (Udo Reinemann). She joined the Dutch National Opera Academy (DNOA) in The Hague/Amsterdam in 2008, under 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 gaining her Masters 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 from the Dutch Wagner Society a Wagner Stipendium Bayreuth for the summer of 2012.

In 2013, she performed Judit in Bartok’s Bluebeards Castle and made her solo debut at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder in 2014. Other repertoire includes: Vitellia, Dido, Ottavia, La Femme (in La voix humaine), Wesendonck Lieder, Rossini Petite Solennelle, Beethoven 9, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Les nuits d’été and St John’s Passion. In 2015 she was soloist at La Chaise-Dieu, with in The Filharmonie Antwerp, in Beethoven, 9th Symphony, conducted by Jan Willem de Vriend.

In 2014, she was prize winner at the International Voice Competition in 's-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands) of the Dutch Opera Prize and two audience prizes. In 2015, she was first prize winner of Le Grand Prix de l'Opera in Bucharest, also gaining a contract at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen. Also in 2015, she won the third prize in the Leyla Gencer Competition in Istanbul and in the Elizabeth Connell Prize in Sydney and she was prize winner of Valsesia Musica 2015 in Varallo (Italy) where she also won a contract for a concert in Seoul to sing Venus in Tannhäuser in 2016.

In 2017/2018, she will sing the role of Gertrud in Hänsel und Gretel (Humperdinck) in Nancy and Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart) with The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century with Kenneth Montgomery on a tour through the Netherlands. She will also make her debut as Sieglinde (Walküre) in the Aalto Musiktheater Essen.

She is coached by Nadine Secunde, Ira Siff and Peter Nilsson.

January 2017

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