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Axel Everaert

The musical education of Axel Steven Everaert (born 1965) began at the National Opera House in Brussels. During his years at the University of Louvain, he focused on singing and chamber music, graduating in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Musicology. From 1987 to 1990, Everaert continued to study Voice in Rome under Maestra Gianella Borelli and Loredana Franceschini-Shenker. He underwent further voice training with Ré Koster, Sylvia Geszty and Ileana Cotrubas from 1990 to 1995, with additional coaching from Irwin Gage in Zurich.

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Frans Kokkelmans

The lyric baritone Frans Kokkelmans (born 1954) teaches Solo Singing and Chamber Music in the Classical Music department of Conservatorium Maastricht.

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Yvonne Schiffelers

After completing her vocal studies at Conservatorium Maastricht, Dutch mezzo-soprano Yvonne Schiffelers (born 1958) was immediately engaged as a member of the Opera Studio in Cologne. After these two years she began her illustrious career at the National Theater in Mannheim (Germany). Here she extended her repertoire to around 50 roles, including Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Charlotte (Werther), Waltraute, Fricka. She also worked as a freelance singer and guested in several opera houses in Germany and Europe such as: Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam, Munich, Antwerp, Brussels, Liege, Basel and Helsinki. Among the countless conductors and directors with whom she has worked are Edo de Waart (Amsterdam), Hans Vonk (Amsterdam), Adam Fisher (Hannover, Mannheim), Bertrand de Billy (Antwerp), Jun Märkl (Munich, Berlin, Mannheim), Hartmuth Haenchen (Amsterdam), Harry Kupfer (Cologne), Christine Mielitz (Mannheim, Berlin), Willy Decker (Amsterdam), Claus Guth (Mannheim), Andreas Homoki (Leipzig).

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Susanne Schimmack

When German soprano Susanne Schimmack performed in the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, she was pronounced “the Rolls Royce of voices”. The London Times stated "...the luxurious-sounding German singer Susanne Schimmack". “Susanne Schimmack’s ‘Cassandre’ dominates the entire performance through her noble phrasing, her intelligent role portrayal and her excellent French diction” (Opéra). Since then, Schimmack has successfully sung around 90 operatic roles, including Turandot, Kundry/Parsifal, Feldmarschallin/Rosenkavalier, Marta Tiefland, Ellen Orford/ Peter Grimes, Cassandre/ Les Troyens, Carmen/Carmen. Engagements have taken her to the Theatre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels, the Czech National Opera Brno, Staatstheater Mainz, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Opera Pacific USA, Arizona Opera USA, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, the theatres of Dortmund, Frankfurt, Chemnitz, Staatstheater Kassel, Dessau, Lübeck, Ulm, Trier, Wuppertal, Gera, the Musikfestspiele Dresden, Budapest Spring Festival, Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise France, Festspiele Bad Hersfeld as well as the broadcasting companies BBC, DR, ZDF, WDR and NDR. Alongside Angela Georghiu and Roberto Alagna, she has recorded a new complete edition of Massenet’s Manon under the baton of Antonio Pappano.

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If you choose to do Vocal Studies at Conservatorium Maastricht, you choose to spend an intensive period developing your individual talent. The supporting curriculum aids this development and gradually adds challenges: choral singing, opera class, projects, opera performances. The combination of individual attention amid an international class and a curriculum with substance will inspire you to achieve your full potential. Opera is a major focus within Vocal Studies, and Conservatorium Maastricht is the founder of the European Opera Academy - excellent!

Specialization Opera

At the Bachelor’s level, students of vocal studies can choose Opera as a specialization.
In the Master’s programme you can select Opera as the main subject.


General admission requirements

Specific admission requirements Solo singing / Opera

• Three songs in different styles and different languages.
• One vocalise, for example Vaccai, Panzera, Concone.
• One opera aria and one oratorio aria or cantata aria from baroque, classical, romantic or modern repertoire.

Except the oratorio aria, everything must be sung by heart.


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