Bio: Recently Mezzo Soprano Florieke Beelen (1987) received several awards. She won four prizes during the International Vocal Competition in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Among them was the prestigious Arleen Auger Allround Prize for the best allround singer of the competition. During the Belvedere Competition 2015 she won the Jong Talent Prize. Therefore, the Dutch newspaper “NRC” called Florieke: “the rising star”. At the Stenhammar Music Competition in Sweden (June 2016) she won two prizes, one of them was the Stenhammar Prize. Opera At the age of 25 Florieke became a frequent guest at the Dutch National Opera. Her first role was Linette in ‘L’amour des trois oranges’ (Prokofiev) and thereafter she performed three more roles there, amongst them Ines in ‘Il Trovatore’ (Verdi). At the Nederlandse Reisopera she sang Dorabella in ‘Così fan tutte’ (Mozart) in The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Florieke has performed many other opera roles including ‘Mère Marie’ in ‘Dialogues des Carmelites’ (Poulenc), Romeo in ‘i Capuleti e i Montecchi’ (Bellini), The Neighbour in ‘Mavra’ (Stravinsky), Cherubino in ‘Le nozze di Figaro’ (Mozart), Phaedra by Britten and Ruggiero in ‘Alcina’ (Händel). She will sing Charlotte in Werther at Opera Zuid in the Netherlands. She had the honour to work with conductors Marc Albrecht, Tomáš Netopil, Stefano Montanari, Richard Egarr, Antony Hermus, Clark Rundell, Arjan Tien, Etienne Siebens, Kenneth Montgomery and Maurizio Benini,; and with stage directors like Laurent Pelly, Andrea Breth, Damiano Michieletto, Alexander Oliver, Robert Carsen, Lotte de Beer and Allex Ollé & Valentina Carrasco (La Fura dels Baus). Oratorio Florieke has appeared as a soloist both in The Netherlands and abroad. On the concert platform she has performed many important works, including ‘The St. Matthew Passion’,‘The St. John Passion’ & Magnificat (Bach), ‘Magnificat’ (Cui), ‘Requiem’ (Duruflé & Mozart), ‘Dixit Dominus’ ‘Messiah’ (Händel), ‘Stabat Mater’ & ‘Salve Regina’ (Haydn), ‘Stabat Mater’ (Jenkins) ‘Petite Messe Solenelle’ (Rossini), Magnificat (Schubert) and ‘Gloria’ & ‘Magnificat’ (Vivaldi). Song Besides her opera and oratorio accomplishments Florieke enjoys performing Lied with her pianist Abigail Richards. Together they won two prizes at the International Vocal Competition 2014. Florieke performed the Wesendoncklieder by Wagner with The Orchestra from Amsterdam conducted by Jacob Slagter; 6 Carmina Alcaei by Dallapiccola with the New Ensemble and Bosnian Voices by Nigel Osborne with the Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10.