"If you have never quite got to grips with Buxtehude and want performances of his profound and affecting music that are as good as any currently available, you can rely on these recordings without hesitation."Classical.net, 01-3-2014
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.
Among the general public, Dieterich Buxtehude is mostly known due to the admiration Johann Sebastian Bach had for his organ and composing skills, for which Bach traveled to the North German city of Lübeck to stay with him for four months, no less. This says quite something about the quality of Buxtehude's performance, but even more so about the influence it had on Bach and all composers after him. Yet, nowadays Buxtehude's music does not need Bach to survive, as a matter of fact it is extraordinarily beautiful just by itself! Buxtehude was originally Danish, but he spent most of him life in Lübeck. His so-called 'Abendmusik', which was a series of evening concerts outside of the liturgy, grew famous. In the works he wrote for these occasions, his enormous fantasy and creative freedom truly shows. As an organ player, Buxtehude was widely famous. If you would listen to his Organ Preludes, you would quickly know why. Buxtehude manages to combine an unprecedented virtuosity with a large variety of styles and techniques. No wonder Bach traveled all that way to see him!
If you have never quite got to grips with Buxtehude and want performances of his profound and affecting music that are as good as any currently available, you can rely on these recordings without hesitation.
Quite simply, a must-hear.
BBC Music Magazine, 01-2-2014
(...) the performances (...) clearly made with love (...)
These two discs mix the well-known with the obscure, and the small-scale with the grandiose in glorious performances that serve only to remind us what a great composer Buxtehude was, no matter to which medium he has turned his hand.
Early Music Review, 01-12-2013
"In the meantime, enjoy this latest episode that again excels in instrumental and vocal splendor on the basis of coherence, balance, diction, phrasing, rhythmic foundation, fantastic panorama that unfolds through a phenomenal insight into what was there and what was to come"