Mezzo-soprano Iris van Wijnen sings roles such as ‘Marguerite’ La Damnation de Faust, ‘Charlotte’ Werther and ‘Sesto’ La clemenza di Tito. She currently works with Brigitte Fassbaender, Sophie Koch and Margreet Honig.
As a member of the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Iris made a succesful debut in 2015 as ‘Berta’ in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In addition, she has sung roles in Hänsel und Gretel, The Fiery Angel and Der Rosenkavalier.
At the Concertgebouw Amsterdam she sang ‘Second Secretary to Mao’ in John Adams’ Nixon in China as well as ‘2. Magd’ in Richard Strauss’ Elektra and also ‘Fenena’ in Verdi’s Nabucco.
Critics wrote that she “displayed a lovely youthful timbre and innate musicality as the Assyrian princess Fenena.”
Iris also sang the role of ‘Fenena’ in a production of Nabucco directed by Christian Stückl at the summer festival in Oberammergau. She returned there to sing the role of ‘Mary’ in Der fliegende Holländer. Her interpretation of the part did not go unnoticed and was a big success.
At the Stadttheater Klagenfurt in Austria she portrayed ‘Flora’ in a new and very well received production of La Traviata. She returned there to sing both ‘Aksinya’ and ‘Sonyetka’ in Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District as well as ‘Kitchenboy’ (‘Turnspit’) in Rusalka.
Iris has worked with conductors like Kirill Petrenko, Kevin John Edusei, Markus Stenz, Giancarlo Andretta and Vladimir Jurowski.
She graduated as a Master of Music at the Utrecht Conservatoire. She took masterclasses with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson, Leontina Vaduva, Graham Johnson and Patrick Fournillier.
Iris was a three time prize winner at the 2014 International Vocalist Competition ’s-Hertogenbosch, where she was granted the Young Talent Prize of the province of Noord Brabant, the Prize of the Friends of IVC in the Opera and Oratorium Category and the Prize of the Dutch Handel Society. She was subsequently chosen to take part in the 2015 Mozart Residency of the Aix-en-Provence Festival.
Iris has performed as a guest artist of the Opera Studio Nederland, in the finale of the Grachtenfestival Conservatoire Competition and at the Dutch Touring Opera/Veenfabriek (First Fairy/First Woman The Fairy Queen). She was invited to sing on Dutch national radio and television.
Iris is currently expanding her repertoire to include songs by Berlioz, Brahms, Duparc and Strauss. She took part in the ‘Lied Academy’ at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival and is also active as an oratorio singer.
Future plans include ‘Saiko’ in The Hunting Gun by Thomas Larcher at the well known Aldeburgh Festival in England as well as ‘Siegrune’ in Die Walküre by Richard Wagner, conducted by Jaap van Zweden.