Dialogues des Carmélites
As part of OSTERKLANG 2011
Opera in three acts and twelve scenes (1957)
Music & Libretto by Francis Poulenc
Hendrickje van Kerckhove
The Belgium soprano studied with Bernadette Degelin at Royal Conservatoire at Antwerp, with Susan Roper and took master-classes with Rudolph Jansen and Robert Alderson. Her career started as Kristin (Boesman: Julie) at Théâtre de La Monnaie, Wiener Festwochen and at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, she sang Handels Jephtha at Dusseldorf, Mozart-roles as Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Despina (Le nozze di Figaro) at Flanders Opera and in Straatsburg (ONR). She worked with Maurizio Barbacini, Patrick Fournillier, Philippe Herreweghe, Zubin Mehta, Kazushi Ono, Marc Soustrot, Bertrand de Billy,Ottavio Dantone and Andreas Spering. Her international break-trough followed in the 2005/06 season making her debuts at Bayerische Staatsoper as Natalia-Medusa (de Felice: Medusa), Oscar (Verdi: Un ballo in maschera) and Voce dal Cielo (Don Carlo). Hendrickje Van Kerckhove was also calles “rising star” by ECHO. At last she sang at Theater an der Wien in 2007 Sœur Constance (Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites) and in 2010 Maja (World premiere of Kalitzke’s Die Besessenen) as well as in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.