The mezzo-soprano Anneleen Bijnen studied at the Rotterdam Conservatoire, graduating with a performers’ diploma. During her study-years she saw herself principally as a concert singer, concentrating on the lieder repertoire and gaining extensive experience in the field of oratorio.
She performs recitals of songs by such varied composers as Brahms, Bizet, Mahler and Wagner, and frequently appears in the St. Matthew Passion, the B Minor Mass, “Messiah” and requiems by (among others) Mozart, Verdi, Dvorak and Duruflé.
After graduating she became increasingly interested in the operatic repertoire. She has played the role of Cherubino (in “The Marriage of Figaro”) several times in France and Belgium, and The Nurse in Monteverdi’s “L’Incoronazione di Poppaea” at the Staatstheater, Stuttgart. At the Dutch National Opera she has sung the role of Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”, and supporting roles in operas by Monteverdi, Verdi, Wagner, Richard Strauss and Stravinsky. Conductors with whom she has worked include Hartmut Haenchen, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Carlo Rizzi, Marc Albrecht, Ivor Bolton, Jan Willem de Vriend and Henrik Schäfer.