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Henk Neven

Baritone

  • Dutch baritone Henk Neven is one of the most exciting song interpreters of his generation, having made regular appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and the BBC Proms, whilst being equally at home on the operatic stage. A recipient of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, he has an ongoing recording contract with Onyx and his discs have received critical praise. Neven was a member of the prestigious BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists Scheme and in 2011 received the Dutch Music Prize, the highest honour that the Netherlands Ministry of Culture awards to a classical musician.

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  • This season Neven will return to the UK to reprise the title role Don Giovanni with Northern Ireland Opera. On the concert platform he will perform Die schöne Müllerin with pianist Imogen Cooper at the Wigmore Hall, as well as making appearances with the International Cello Festival Biennale in Amsterdam, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Sinfonia Rotterdam and Lausanne Cathedral. He will also be recording a programme of Elgar songs with Kathryn Rudge and the BBC Concert Orchestra in collaboration with SOMM Recordings.


    His operatic roles include Aronte Armide, title role Hamlet, the title role and Leporello Don Giovanni; Conte Le nozze di Figaro; Phorbas Oedipe; Mercutio Roméo et Juliette; Patrocle Iphiginie en Aulide; Aeneas Dido and Aeneas; Marco Gianni Schicchi; Schaunard La bohème; Morales Carmen; Ben The Telephone and Mr. Gobineau The Medium; Mars Vénus et Adonis; Pollux Castor et Pollux; and Frère Léon St. François d'Assise, staged by Pierre Audi and recorded for DVD by Opus Arte. He has appeared at the Opéra National de Paris, La Monnaie, Berlin Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, Le Duo de Dijon, Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, L'Opéra National de Montpellier, Grand Théâtre de Tours, Opéra de Rouen and De Nederlandse Opera.


    On the concert platform he has worked with Marin Alsop and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the BBC Proms performing Brahms Requiem, St Matthew Passion with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven Mass in C with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertgebouw, BBC National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Radio Kamer Filharmonie, Bergen Philharmonic, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Netherlands Bachvereniging, Vlaams Radio Orkest, L'Orchestre National de France, L'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre d'Opéra National de Paris, Staatskapelle Berlin, L'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Les Concerts Spirituels and Les Talens Lyriques. He has worked with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Jan Willem de Vriend, Hervé Niquet, Kenneth Montgomery, Joel Levi, Patrick Lange, Armin Jordan, John Nelson, Ed Spanjaard, Marc Minkowski and Christophe Rousset.


    An outstanding recitalist, he is a regular guest of the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the NTR ZaterdagMatinee series. He has performed in the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, Operadagen Rotterdam and the Gergiev Festival. Past highlights include debuts at the City of London Festival and Cheltenham Festival; performances for the BBC Proms; and recitals for La Monnaie in Brussels, Amsterdam’s Beurs van Berlage and Musée d'Orsay in Paris.


    Henk Neven started recording for Onyx Records in 2011, when his Gramophone-nominated debut album Auf einer Burg was received with the highest acclaim. In 2012, Onyx Records released his second album, The Sea on which he performs songs by Debussy, Fauré and Schubert.


    Last season Neven performed as Count Almaviva in le nozze di Figaro with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century as well as a number of concerts with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Noord-Nederlands Orkest and recitals at the Wigmore Hall with James Ballieu and the Oxford Lieder Festival with Imogen Cooper.

    2016-17 season / 599 words. Not to be altered without permission

Performances

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Season highlights

Recitals at Wigmore Hall


Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro 
Orchestra of the 18th Century


Recital with Imogen Cooper
Oxford Lieder


Concerts with Orchestre National de Lyon, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Noord Nederlands Orkest, and l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France 

Opera repertoire

Blow
Adonis Venus and Adonis


Debussy
La chute de la maison Usher


Gounod
Mercutio Roméo et Juliette


Haydn
Enrico L'isola disabitata


Humperdinck
Spielmann Die Königskinder


Marschner
Title role Der Vampyr


Messiaen
Frère Léon St. François d'Assise


Mozart
Title role & Lepoello Don Giovanni
Pappageno Die Zauberflöte
Conte Le nozze di Figaro
Don Alfonso Cosi fan tutte 


Rameau
Pollux Castor et Pollux
Les indes galantes


Purcell
Aeneas Dido and Aeneas
Title role King Arthur
The Tempest


Puccini
Schaunard La Boheme


Schreker
Count Vitelozzo Tamare Die Gezeichneten


Schulhoff
Arlecchino Flammen


R. Strauss
8 Servants Capriccio
Harlequin Ariadne auf Naxos 


Wagner
Gunther Götterdämmerung*

Concert repertoire

Bacalov
Missa Tango


Bach
Cantatas & Masses
Christ and Arias St Matthew Passion
Christ and Arias St John Passion
Magnificat
Christmas Oratorio


Beethoven
Symphony No.9


Berlioz
L’Enfance du Christ


Brahms
Requiem


Durufle
Requiem


Faure
Requiem


Handel
Saul
Solomon
Joshua
Messiah
Israel in Egypt 


Haydn
Schöpfung


Loewe
Das Sühnopfer des neuen Bundes


Mahler
Das Klagende Lied


Mozart
Requiem
Mass in C minor


Saint-Saëns
Oratorio de Noël 


Schubert
Masses No. 5 & 6


Schumann
Manfred


Webern
II Kantate
Orchestral arrangement of Schubert Lieder 

Rarely do you hear, even in the rarefied world of French melodie and German Lieder, a baritone who sings with such subtlety in shading of dynamic and tone… Neven’s voice is headily beautiful… with the most seductive and responsive singing.

Gramophone

There were striking contributions from the baritone soloist Henk Neven, intimately sung and marvellously clear with the text…

Guardian

Intermusica represents Henk Neven worldwide, excluding France and Belgium

Maria Mot
Senior Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9904
mmot@intermusica.co.uk

Evangeline Parker
Administrator, Vocal & Opera
+44 20 7608 9937
eparker@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Special projects

Charles Hazlewood

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles