"There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats." - Albert Schweitzer

Nienke Oostenrijk

The soprano Nienke Oostenrijk already passed her doctoral examination in history at the University of Groningen before beginning her training as a singer at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. It was there that she gained the “Uitvoerend Musicus” (performer’s) diploma in 1993 with Margreet Honig. Since then she has been pursuing her studies with Cora Canne Meijer. She took masterclasses with Arleen Auger, Elly Ameling, Robert Holl and others. Nienke Oostenrijk appears in opera roles as well as on the concert platform. Her opera repertoire includes several roles which belong to the repertoire of high sopranos. With several companies she had sung the role of Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serial. Other roles include Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier and Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlos, with the conductors like Kees Bakels, Marc Soustrot, Friedrich Haider and Carlo Rizzi. Apart from being an opera singer Nienke Oostenrijk is a much sought-after Lieder singer and concert soloist. Bach’s St Matthew Passion brought her to the Berlin Konzerthaus. A series of performances throughout The Netherlands of Mozart’s Requiem with Jaap van Zweden conducting was followed by Pergolesi’s Stabat mater in the Berlin Konzerthaus, conducted byJac van Steen. Increasingly Nienke is also active in the field of 20th-century classical music, performing in the works of composers like Schoenberg (Second String Quartet), Jeff Hamburg and Markevitch 

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Oboe passion - Arias & concertos by J.S. Bach & sons
Pauline & Nienke Oostenrijk / Amsterdam Sinfonietta / Jaap ter Linden
Arias for soprano and oboe from cantatas by J.S. Bach
Nienke & Pauline Oostenrijk