The Dutch soprano Miranda van Kralingen graduated with distinction from the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam where she had studied under Ank Reinders. But it was after taking part in Elisabeth Schwartzkopf’s masterclass at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam that her career really took off: she sang Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder during the closing concert in the category “Young Dutch Talent”, which was broadcast on radio and television. And this lead to a host of opera and concert engagements. She sang one of the leading roles in the world premiere of Louis Andriessen‘s Rosa, A Horse Drama with De Nederlandse Opera (released on CD); she sang Die Freundin in Arnold Schönberg‘s Von heute auf Morgen, and interpreted the role of Mimì in La Bohème and that of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Opera Zuid. In addition she has collaborated regularly with the Nationale Reisopera, including very successful performances of the Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Elisabetta in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Hanna Glawari in Lehár’s Die lustige Witwe, the title role in Janacek’s Katja Kabanova, Ellen Orford in Benjamin Brittens Peter Grimes not to forget Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio. Miranda van Kralingen is known as the “singing actress” both at home and abroad, and her career as an opera singer has also taken off abroad, where her début as Contessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro was soon followed by roles in der Rosenkavalier, Don Giovanni, Die Lustige Witwe and Die Fledermaus. Impressed by her talent as an actress, the renowned director Harry Kupfer invited her to perform at the Komische Oper in Berlin, where she sang roles including: Fewronia (Rimsky-Korsakov‘s Die Legende von der unsichtbaren Stadt Kitesch), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Gräfin (Figaro’s Hochzeit), as well as Leonore (Fidelio) in celebration of the Komische Oper’s fiftieth anniversary. She sang Die Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) at the opera in Basel and made her impressive French debut in the Théâtre Champs-Élysées in Paris with Agathe (Der Freischütz). Her first performance of Tosca with the Welsh National Opera met with popular acclaim. She also sang the role of Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) with the Toulouse Opera and Die Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier) with the Stuttgart Opera.
Miranda van Kralingen is much in demand as a concert singer in and outside Europe. Her wide repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to Messiaen. Performances have included Messiaen‘s Les poémes pour Mi in collaboration with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Ed Spanjaard and Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été in collaboration with the Residentie Orkest. Miranda van Kralingen regularly gives master classes including the piano/voice duo classes, given at the Orlando Festival in Rolduc jointly with Tan Crone.
She is also active on the chamber music scene and in the theatre, having collaborated with chamber ensembles such as the Borodin Quartet, the Escher Trio, the Matangi Quartet and the Grieg Trio, and is much in demand at international chamber music festivals. In 2004/2005 she staged the theatrical concert Zangkoorts with pianist Gregor Bak, and her singing and acting in the Opus One stage production DOBBE DOBBE DOBBE met with great critical acclaim.
Miranda van Kralingen received from José Carreras in person the “José Carreras Diamond Tulip Award” in recognition of her national and international vocal achievements over the past years.
Miranda van Kralingen has also performed for the Royal Household on a number of state occasions, including: the 25th Wedding Anniversary of the Her Majesty and Prince Claus; a State Visit carried out by the Royal Couple; the Jubilee Celebrations of Her Majesty’s heading of the Council of State; and last but not least, the Wedding of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima in Amsterdam’s Nieuwe Kerk on 02.02.02 where she sang Schubert’s Ave Maria.
Miranda van Kralingen has been the artistic director of Opera Zuid since June 2004.