|LOTTE VERSTAEN, MEZZO-SOPRANO/CONTRALTO|
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Originally from Belgium, the young mezzo-soprano/contralto Lotte Verstaen, began her musical education at the music academy of her hometown Tielt with soprano Catherine Vandevelde. In September 2019, she obtained the Master’s degree of Singing with the highest distinction at the LUCA School of Arts/Campus Lemmens in Louvain (also with Catherine Vandevelde). Subsequently she followed master classes with Maarten Koningsberger, Yann Beuron, Karine Deshayes, Daniela Musca, Roger Vignoles, Audrey Hyland, Rosemary Joshua, Alexander Vassiliev and George Ure.
whilst completing her vocal and musical eduction at LUCA, Lotte Verstaen was admitted to the MM Academy of the ROH La Monnaie in Brussels, which she joined in 2015. As a member of this Academy she repeatedly took part in concert projects, amongst other under the baton of conductors such as : Thomas Rösner, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Antonello Manacorda, Evelino Pidò and Hartmut Haenchen. The artist was also asked to take part in the Christmas concert at the Royal Palace in the presence of the royal family.
It also gave her the opportunity to take part in the ENOA-LAB's production A song for the moon. An opera for children by Mathilde Wantenaar and directed by Béatrice Lachaussé, produced at La Monnaie.
Currently Lotte Verstaen is MM Academy Soloist. An upgrade, including as well the cover of complete roles as : Bellangère in La mort de Tintagiles and Sœur de Palomide 3 in Alladine et Palomides from the production Le Silence des ombres by composer-conductor Benjamin Attahir, (season 2019/2020).
The more she interpreted the role of Marcellina in Mozart's Nozze di Figaro at the workshop Trilogia Mozart Da Ponte organised by La Monnaie in cooperation with the directors Jean-Philippe Clarac and Olivier Deloeuil (Le Lab) and conductor James Southall.
HER NEWS !
Her debut at the Opera House of Köln (Cologne) as Ursule in Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict in a new production, led by Maestro François-Xavier Roth (June 2020). Amongst her other upcoming engagements : the contralto solo in J.S. Bach's Johannes Passion conducted by Bart Naessens. And her debut in the main role of Baba in Menotti's opera The Medium (both at Campus LUCA).RECENT ENGAGEMENTS
Paquette in Candide (Bernstein) conducted by Patrick Leterme at Flagey in Brussels (Festival Musiq’3), Louvain-la-Neuve (Festival du Brabant Wallon), Liège (Opéra Royal de Wallonie), Charleroi (Palais des Beaux Arts), Saint-Hubert and La Louvière. The contralto part in Handel's Messiah under the baton of Dirk De Nef in Antwerp (Sint-Walburgiskerk) ; Mahler's Rückert-Lieder in an arrangement for voice and string ensemble at LUCA School of Arts's Concert hall, conducted by Marc Tooten, 3. Dame in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with Casco Phil led by Dionysis Grammenos, Dinah in Bernstein's ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ under the baton of Ivan Meylemans, the Sorceress and the Spirit in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas under the baton of Filip Martens and Mme de la Haltière in Massenet's Cendrillon. The more she covered the role of Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) at the Brussel's Mozart Festival.
In concert Lotte Verstaen participated in world premieres by the composers Jeroen D’hoe and Bram Van Breda ‘Ontvankelijke Stilte’ ; took part in ‘Quatre Sonnets à Cassandre’ by Frank Martin ; in ‘Oratorio de Noël’ by Saint-Saëns led by Filip Martens and in J.S. Bach's Johannes Passion with the Orlandus Ensemble and Euterpe Baroque Consort under the baton of P. Ledaine.
In 2019 Lotte Verstaen reached the semi-finals of the 38th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Villach in July 2019 and won the Third Prize at the 52nd International Singing Competition of Toulouse in September 2019. During the final round she was accompanied by the Orchestre National du Capitole under the baton of Pierre Dumoussaud at Capitole of Toulouse. The artist is also laureate of the competitions : ‘Solisten aan Zee’ (2013) and was finalist in the Belgian finale of the competition Voix Nouvelles, edition 2017.
cv-update : season 2019/2020