The Dutch soprano Charlotte Riedijk is one of the most versatile vocalists of her generation. She has worked with many of the current prominent conductors and orchestras in Europe. As ‘modern champion of music’ she regularly performs early twentieth century music of the Second Viennese School, as well as (chamber) music by renowned modern composers, specially composed and dedicated to her.
Charlotte continuously broadens her horizon; she sings in modern music theatre productions and she works with choreographers, composers, and up-and-coming musicians. She was also the initiator of De Stem van Haarlem, a competition for amateur vocalists and conservatoire students (awarded the Culturele Prijs Noord-Holland of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in 2014).
Recently: touring in Italy with La voix humaine (Poulenc); In großer Sehnsucht (Klas Torstensson) during the Rotterdamse Operadagen; Harawi, chant d’amour et de mort, in which Charlotte made her debut as a dancing singer, flanked by five of Codarts’ dance talents.
Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
“Because so much is possible here. And we offer so many extras: drama lessons, a weekly interpretation class for students of all years, fascinating masterclasses and fantastic language lessons. Every year, we have an opera production in which all singers participate. Moreover, our students get the chance to make themselves heard at the Rotterdamse Operadagen, with which the school cooperates closely. As a student, of course, you will have to roll up your sleeves to use all that is offered to your best advantage.”
What will you teach them?
“I think students should develop into independent musicians with an open mind, naturally able to adapt to developments in the field. To this end, I hand them a tool box which allows them to do the most diverse things in a vocally healthy way.”
How will you do this?
“Firstly, by giving them a very good technical foundation. With singers, this often needs developing; this is a process of awareness, both mentally and physically. Building on this foundation, they can develop their own musical personality and make it flourish. Linked to this, I have them sing repertoire which fits their own technical capabilities. The exact content of a lesson varies per student.”
2001 Best Classical Concert in Ireland (Harawi with Joanna MacGregor, piano) 2014 Gouden Label (for CD Spectra, 20 years, for the record) (Belgium) 2014 Culturele Prijs Noord-Holland of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds (the Nederlands)