The Dutch mezzo-soprano Wilke te Brummelstroete was born in Doetinchem and studied at the Conservatory in The Hague and later with Diane Forlano in London, making her professional stage début in 1991 as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Among the eminent conductors with whom she has worked since then are Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Frans Brüggen, Christian Thielemann, Iván Fischer, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Neville Marriner, Nicholas McGegan, Daniel Harding and Kent Nagano. For more than ten years she toured the world with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century under the direction of Frans Brüggen, singing solo parts in Bach’s oratorios, Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in addition to performing Haydn arias. She has also appeared with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Baroque Soloists, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris. Among the venues where she has sung are the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms in 2005), the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Vienna Musikverein, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Istanbul Festival. Her operatic repertory includes Ruggiero in Alcina, Storgè in Jephtha, Tirinto in Imeneo, Juno and Ino in Semele, Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, Melanto, Minerva and Penelope in Il ritorno d’Ulisse, Proserpina in L’Orfeo, Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet and Costanza in Haydn’s L’isola disabitata. She has appeared in Berlin, Brussels, San Francisco, Vienna, Amsterdam and Zurich as well as at the Göttingen Handel Festival, the Massachusetts International Festival and the Sydney Festival. Her numerous CD recordings include one of Bach cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner that received both the Gramophone Record of the Year Award and the Gramophone Baroque Vocal Award for 2005. Wilke te Brummelstroete’s versatility is further reflected in her no less successful forays into the Romantic repertory: suffice it to mention Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Elgar’s The Kingdom, Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été, Respighi’s Il tramonto and, most recently, the posthumous world première of Rudolf Escher’s chamber opera Protesilaos en Laodamia.
Wilke te Brummelstroete made her Bayreuth Festival début as Siegrune in Die Walküre in 2006 and has returned every year since then.