Johanni van Oostrum is perfect for the part; a voice with sensual seductive beauty, and unstrained dramatic vocal power
- WDR (Judith, Holofernes, Theater Bonn, May 2016) -
South African soprano Johanni van Oostrum is in demand as interpreter of leading roles in operas by Mozart, Wagner, Janáček and Strauss. She has performed under conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Ivor Bolton, Massimo Zanetti, Henrik Nánási, Stefan Solyom, Gianluca Marciano, Jan Willem de Vriend, and worked with directors such as Harry Kupfer, Barrie Kosky, Tobias Kratzer and Vera Nemirova.
Ms. Van Oostrum’s 2016-17 season includes return engagements to the Komische Oper Berlin for her role debut as Eva in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by Gabriel Feltz, the Bayerische Staatsoper as Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Antonello Manacorda and First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte conducted by Asher Fisch as part of the Münchner Opernfestspiele, the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden for her role debut as Ellen Orford in a new production of Britten’s Peter Grimes and Countess in a revival of Le nozze di Figaro, and lastly, as Marschallin in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In concert, she opens the season at the Staatskapelle Weimar as soloist in Ravel’s Shéhérazade conducted by Kirill Karabits.
The 2015-16 season included a number of acclaimed house and role debuts: as Grete in Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang at Oper Graz, as Judith in Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek´s Holofernes at Oper Bonn, and as Senta in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer at Theater Heidelberg, a role she also repeated at Oper Bonn. In concert she could be heard singing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Staatskapelle Weimar.
In the 2014-15 season, Johanni van Oostrum performed the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La bohème at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, as well as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin. She also sang Elsa in Lohengrin at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, returned to the Komische Oper Berlin as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen and portrayed the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Johanni van Oostrum started the 2013-14 season embodying the role of Elsa in Lohengrin in her house debut at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. She also debuted at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, singing the role of Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro conducted by Ivor Bolton. At the Komische Oper Berlin she could be heard performing the roles of Micaela in Carmen, Antonia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Mary in Kálmán’s Die Herzogin von Chicago. In prior seasons at the Komische Oper Berlin she has also sung the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier under Henrik Nánási.
She came to the attention of the international opera scene in 2012 when, at short notice, she successfully took over the role of Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Her other past engagements include appearances at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, the Estonian National Opera as Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, The National Theatre Brno as Janáček’s Katja Kabanova, and in the theatres in Enschede and Maastricht as Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and as Katja Kabanova.
As a concert artist she regularly appears in Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 9, Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, the Mozart Requiem and Verdi Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Händel’s Messiah, and the Elias by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. In 2013, on the occasion of the Richard Strauss 150th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Weimar, she sang orchestral songs by Strauss under the baton of Stefan Solyom with the Staatskapelle Weimar. She performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs, conducted by Gianluca Marciano at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, and performed the piece once more in Bayreuth, with the Staatskapelle Weimar, under the baton of Martin Hoff.
Born in South Africa, Ms. Van Oostrum is a graduate of the University of Pretoria. She received vocal training from Dr. Mimi Coertse and was a member of the Black Tie Opera. She won the Erna Spoorenberg Dutch Vocal Competition in 2005 and the Ruth Lopin Nash Award from the Oratorio Society of New York at the de Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009.
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Sie liefert die stimmlich beste Leistung des Abends. Ob rezitativisch oder im Legato, dramatische Akuti oder große Intervallsprünge, technisch scheint es bei ihrem wohltimbrierten lyrischen Sopran, der zum Spinto tendiert, keine Grenzen zu geben.
Der Neue Merker (Eva, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Komische Oper Berlin, September 2016)
Johanni van Oostrum bleibt keine Facette der Grete schuldig, ihr mühelos aufblühender, leuchtender, höhensicherer Sopran ist das vokale Zentrum des Abends.
Kronen Zeitung (Grete, Der Ferne Klang, Oper Graz, September 2015)