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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).

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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”. Born and raised in Witten, Germany, Schimmack received her artistic education in the United States, at the University of California Irvine. She continued her vocal work and development from alto to dramatic soprano with Ks. Martha Dewal and Ks. Ileana Cotrubas in Vienna.

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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.