Biography

Mezzo soprano Iris van Wijnen is a former member of the Opera Studio at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and a graduate of the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland. She has appeared in opera at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Aldeburgh Festival, Staatsoper Hannover, Dutch National Opera and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, amongst others.

Her roles include Verdi’s Fenena, Flora, Mozart’s Marcellina, Larcher’s Saiko (‘Das Jagdgewehr’), Rossini’s Berta, Massenet’s Charlotte, Strauss’ Octavian, Composer, Turnage’s Wife/Doreen/Waitress/Sphinx (‘GREEK’), Wagner’s Waltraute, Wellgunde, RoßweißeMary, Blumenmädchen, Prokofjev’s Sonjetka, Aksinja and Dvořák’s Kuchtík.
Iris sang the leading role of Clitemestra in the world premiere of Sciarrino’s ‘Il canto s’attrista, perché?’ for wich she received outstanding reviews.

She has worked with many renowned conductors, including Marc Albrecht, Giancarlo Andretta, Kevin John Edusei, Vladimir Jurowski, Kirill Petrenko, Markus Stenz and Ryan Wigglesworth.

In concert she has sung works such as Shéhérazade by Ravel, Quatres Instants by Saariaho, Wesendonck Lieder by Wagner and Les Nuits D’été by Berlioz.
Lied is a very important part of her musical life and she has performed in recital at the
Heidelberger Frühling Festival, for example.
In oratorio, she sang Bach Cantatas, Handel’s Messiah, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

She took many masterclasses to continue her studies. With Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson, Leontina Vaduva and Graham Johnson, to name a few.
She works closely together with Gregory Lamar and Brigitte Fassbaender.