Ann De Renais

With the aid of a British Council grant coloratura soprano Ann De Renais studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Noëlle Barker and privately with David Jones in New York City and Jacqueline Bremar in London.

She has appeared in recitals at La Monnaie in Brussels, at the Belgian Embassies in Berlin and London and numerous music festivals with pianists such as André De Groote, Rachel Andrist, Daniel Blumenthal, Guy Penson and Susanna Stranders.

She has performed at the opera houses of Milan, Paris and Glyndebourne and sung with ensembles and orchestras including the Orchestre National De Lyon, Orchestre National de l'Ile de France, Flemish Radio Orchestra, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, NDR-Orchestra, Academia della Santa Cecilia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra and the Berliner Philharmoniker under conductors such as Helmut Rilling, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Semyon Bychkov, Terry Edwards, Mendi Rodan, David Roblou, Diego Masson, Stephen Layton and Gary Walker.

The versatility of her voice allows her to cover a wide variety of styles, ranging from opera and oratorio to song recitals, contemporary music, film and TV-documentary scores.

She has appeared in several opera roles, singing Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) on the Glyndebourne stage, Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) for Beaufort Opera in London, The Fire and the Nightingale (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges) by Ravel for the New Tel Aviv Opera and Nannetta (Falstaff) by Verdi for Opus Gattières in France.

Oratorio performances include the Brahms German Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Mozart's Requiem and the Mass in c minor, Bach's St John's Passion.

Ann De Renais' recordings include a solo album of Cesar Franc's Melodies, Berio's Sinfonia for Deutsche Grammophon, songs for soprano and orchestra by Flemish composers, and the oratorio Heilige Seelenlust by Piet Swerts.