Amaryllis Dieltiens studied piano and cello as a child but she was particularly immersed in sports as a dancer and gymnast. At age 17 she decided to follow her heart in music and she started her musical education at Lemmensinstituut Leuven where she studied voice with Lieve Vanhaverbeke. She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Margreet Honig.
She specialised in opera for two years at the Dutch National Opera Academy where she performed several roles to great acclaim, including Morgana in Handel ’s Alcina, Tytania in Britten ’ s A Midsummer Night’ s Dream, Nella in Puccini ’s Gianni Schicchi and Belinda in Purcell’ s Dido and Aeneas. She graduated cum laude in 2006.
On the professional stage Amaryllis has performed roles including Belinda and Second Woman (Dido & Aeneas – H. Purcell), Zaïde (W.A. Mozart), Venus (Venus & Adonis – J. Blow), Diana (Siren Song – J. Dove), and Giulia (Arminio – H.I. Biber). In 2009 she made her debut at ‘Nationale Reisopera’ in Hippolyte & Aricie (J. Ph. Rameau) as both Prêtresseand Chasseresse. In 2011 she performed Angelica in Orlando by G.F. Handel with conductor Jan Willem de Vriend.
Amaryllis has sung with conductors Juanjo Mena, Henrik Schaefer, Richard Egarr, Alexander Rodin, Jos Van Veldhoven, Johannes Leerthouwer, Drik Vermeulen, Jed Wentz, Michel Tilkin, Jeremy Carnall, Erik Van Nevel, and worked with directors such as Eva Buchmann, Stephen Langridge, Elsina Janssen, Porgy Franssen, Wouter Van Looy, Jim Luccassen, Javier Lopez Pinon and Alexander Oliver.
In concert she has performed with renowned orchestras such as Residentie Orkest, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Musica Ad Rhenum, B’ Rock, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Prima la Musica and with ensembles such as Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Apollo Ensemble and Musica Amphion.
Her repertoire ranges from the early baroque to the modern era in both opera and oratorio. Amaryllis has performed at several well known festivals and concert halls over the last few years such as Festival Van Vlaanderen, Festival Oude Muziek, Grachtenfestival, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BOZAR, De Doelen – Rotterdam, Theater Bonn, Theaterhaus Gesnerallee Zürich, and Festival de Otono Madrid.
Together with Bart Naessens she founded the ensemble ‘Capriola Di Gioia’. They share a passion for the 17th century and baroque repertoire and they rise to the challenge of performing this moving music in their own personal and expressive way.