Belgian soprano Griet De Geyter lost her heart to vocal baroque music. Some of her most treasured projects include a video recording of Bach's Matthew Passion with the Netherlands Bach Society for , the opera production Dido & Acis with The Ministry of Operatic Affairs and projects with il Gardellino, Collegium Vocale Gent, the Netherlands Bach Society, Collegium Marianum, Le Poème Harmonique, and BachPlus. She has worked with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paul Dombrecht, James Wood, Bart Van Reyn, Richard Egarr, Bart Naessens, Václav Luks, and Jos van Veldhoven.
As a soloist, Griet feels at home in all the great works of the oratorio and orchestral repertoire: passions and cantatas by Bach, masses by Mozart, symphonies by Mahler, Handel's Messiah, Solveig in Grieg's Peer Gynt, and the major works of Mendelssohn, Pergolesi, Boccherini, Vivaldi, and Fauré. On the opera scene she feels her best in Mozart (Pamina, 1e Dame, Ilia, Susanna), , Händel (Morgana, Cleopatra) , Vivaldi (Bajazet), Purcell (Belinda) and Donizetti (Adina).
With the trio M E L E A S, consisting of her brother, clarinetist Rik De Geyter, pianist Nicolas Callot, and herself, Griet made a video recording of Mahler's Das Himmlische Leben in 2017. As their next project the trio is currently preparing a Schubertiade, performed on historical instruments. Griet's collaboration with the keyboard duo Zeitspiel (Nicolas Callot & Bart Rodyns) resulted in a live recording of Clara's heart, a concert programme around Clara Schumann, which was released digitally by Warner Classics / Klara at the end of 2019.
Griet De Geyter has a large discography with many different ensembles. Her solo CD Stille Klagen with German baroque music, for which she collaborated once again with the baroque orchestra il Gardellino, was released in September 2020 on the Passacaille label. In 2021, a new CD with M E L E A S 's Schubertiade programme will be released on the Brilliant Classics label.
After obtaining her master's degree in singing and recorder at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, Griet studied at the Dutch National Opera Academy. In 2007 she graduated "magna cum laude" from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, from which she also received the "Ruim Baan Voor Talent" prize for further studies with Jard van Nes and Margreet Honig. She participated in Lied masterclasses with, among others, Jozef De Beenhouwer, Rudolf Jansen, Christian Gerhaher, Udo Reinemann, Petteri Salomaa, and Françoise Pollet.
From an early age I loved singing and was very interested by the variety of musical genres and possibilities of the voice.
After my studies in singing and specialisation in opera and classical song, I kept on searching for new repertoire, expanding my vocal flexibility and musicality, singing a good amount of classical song repertoire, contemporary music as well as medieval, renaissance and baroque music.
Today I give concerts with various orchestras and conductors, singing solo-parts in all kinds of oratoria, operas and cantatas all over Europe.
A great amount of my practise and concert work is dedicated to J.S.Bach, his contemporaries and predecessors. I like how Bach challenges me every day, both in musicality and flexibility of the voice. I have worked a lot with Bach-experts like Jos van Veldhoven, Philippe Herreweghe, Dorothée Mields and Peter Kooij who taught me how to explore and perform Bach's music.
Another musical love of mine is the song repertoire, with German and French songs on top. With Nicolas Callot (piano) and Bart Rodyns (harmonium) I have been touring a program around the blissfull Clara Schumann and a new program with French song and chanson has just been premièred before the pandemic.
And you know what? I love making cd-recordings. The whole process of making something beautiful is always a grand feast for me. Therefore you can find me on many cd's and video's online. In October 2020 my first solo-cd came out and the next one will be recorded in the summer of 2021!
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