Claudia Patacca

Dutch soprano Claudia Patacca is a professor of singing at ArtEZ, University of the Arts in Holland and is well known as a voice teacher. Her mission is to guide her students towards becoming complete singers who can navigate the world of singing with ease. With great passion and technical expertise, she helps her students discover the quality of their tone while encouraging them to follow their own artistic path.

Claudia graduated with honors from the conservatory in Enschede (Saxion Hogescholen, now ArtEZ), where she won the Tubantia Prize. She continued her studies at the International Opera Center Amsterdam. Her debut was with Poulenc’s Gloria during her studies at the Muziekcentrum in Enschede. Her opera debut took place at the Concertgebouw during the Holland Festival with Le Roi Arthus by Chausson conducted by Edo de Waart.

Claudia is currently a principal lecturer of classical singing at the ArtEZ Conservatory. She has provided masterclasses in various cities including Barcelona, Tallinn, Riga, Aarhus, and Malmö. From February 19 to 25, 2018, she will be providing a song recital and a masterclass at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik in Weimar with pianist Marien van Nieukerken on the theme of female composers.

Claudia has built a flourishing concert career and has recently performed at the Valletta Baroque Festival in Malta, singing Handel’s Arminda abbandonata and Tellemann’s Der Weiberorden with Combattimento under the direction of David Prins. She has also performed opera arias from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, and Tosca under the direction of Jeppe Moulijn with the ONSO, Mahler 4 under the direction of Michael Rein and the Wunderhorn Ensemble, Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher under the direction of Jos Vermunt, a “Grand Tour” concert series with Combattimento, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony withthe Orchestra of the 18th Century conducted by Kenneth Montgomery, film music with Het Orkest van het Oosten, Bach’s Matthäus Passion with the Brabants Orkest, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 with the Nieuwe Philharmonie, Poulenc’s Gloria, Golgotha, and Le Mystère de la Nativité by Frank Martin with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest.

She has performed at festivals such as Crete as Elettra in Mozart’s Idomeneo and in Malta with performances of Telemann’s opera Pimpinone with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam. She also performed at the Valletta International Baroque Festival in Malta with Bach’s Kaffee Kantate and Francois Colin de Blamont’s La Toilette de Venus.

Claudia has performed as a soloist with the Dutch National Opera, La Monnaie, Opera Zuid, and other opera companies, including highlights such as the famous Zaterdag Matinees and Robeco Zomerconcerten, under the direction of conductors such as Jaap van Zweden, Antonio Pappano, Ion Marin, Jan Willem de Vriend, Edo de Waart, Gerd Albrecht, Andreas Spering, and Johannes Leertouwer.

In addition to her work in opera, Claudia also has a deep love for lieder and chamber music. In November 2011, she released the special CD “Arthur Honegger: Mélodies et Chansons” featuring Honegger’s versatile complete song oeuvre. For the Brilliant Classics label, Claudia recorded four Mozart operas, including La Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia). She also appeared on Deutsche Grammophon’s recording of Bach’s Matthäuspassie with the Residentie Orkest.

Quotes from reviews

Messa da Requiem van Giuseppe Verdi
“Libera me.” It is the seventh and final part of Verdi’s requiem. In this apotheosis, everything seems to come together. Silence in an almost murmuring conversation between the choir and the movingly restrained soprano Claudia Patacca, who later displays all her dramatic potential. Toonkunstkoor Euterpe, Orkest van het Oosten olv Frank Deiman

A Child of our Time van Michael Tippett
“Claudia Patacca showed where the Concert Choir Haarlem still can grow. With a big dramatic voice and scorching intensity, she dominated the performance.”
Philharmonie Haarlem, Concertkoor Haarlem, Promenade Orkest

Matthäus Passion van JS Bach
In front of the altar stands a nearly German cast of soloists with mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen and soprano Claudia Patacca. Only Claudia Patacca unabashedly throws all emotions into the battle and knows how to keep it beautifully small in the gorgeous aria ‘Aus Liebe’.
Matthäus Passion JS Bach, Brabants Orkest, Sint- Janskathedraal Den Bosch olv Andreas Spering

Pedagogische Academie HengeloNetherlands1983-1986 
Conservatory EnschedeNetherlands1987-1992 
Teacher: Anne Haenen   
International Opera Centre AmsterdamNetherlands1992-1994 
Anne Haenen
Meinard KraakNetherlands1997-2001 
Henny DiemerNetherlands2001-2004 
Margreet HonigNetherlands2009 
Theaters/ Orkesten/ Contracten   
The Dutch National OperaNetherlandsguest 
Nationale ReisoperaNetherlandsguest 
Opera ZuidNetherlandsguest 
La MonnaieBegiumguest 
Theater der Stadt HalleDeutschlandguest 
Städtische Bühnen FrankfurtDeutschlandguest 
Hoofdstad Operette AmsterdamNetherlandsguest 
Hollands Diep (Opera compagnie)Netherlandsguest 
Frysk Festival (opera)Netherlandsguest 
Opera in GroningenNetherlandsguest 
Stichting Marzimino (opera)Netherlandsguest 
Schattdecor Opera FestivalDeutschlandguest 
Matinee op de Vrije ZaterdagNetherlandsguest 
Combattimento Consort AmsterdamNetherlandsguest 
Radio Filharmonisch OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Radio Symfonie OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Radio Kamer OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Radio Philharmonisch OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Brabants OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Orkest van het OostenNetherlandsguest 
Noord Nederlands OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Limburgs Symfonie OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Amsterdam Baroque OrchestraNetherlandsguest 
Nederlands Kamer OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Synfonietta AuroraNetherlandsguest 
Residentie OrkestNetherlandsguest 
Musica ad RhenumNetherlands/Ostriaguest 
L’Orfeo Baroque OrchestraOstriaguest 
Kyoto Symfonic OrchestraJapanguest 
Nothern Symfonia of EnglandEnglandguest 
Essener FilharmonikerDeutschlandguest 
Kammer Orchest DortmundDeutschlandguest 
Landes Jugend Blas OrchesterUSA/Deutschlandguest 
cd recordings
Art Songs Arthur Honegger
La Clemenza di Tito W.A. MozartBrilliant Classics  
Ascanio in Alba W.A MozartBrilliant Classics  
Il Re Pastore W.A. MozartBrilliant Classics  
Il Sogno di Scipione W.A. MozartBrilliant Classics  
Mattheuspassie J.S. Bach (in Dutch)Deutsche Grammophon  
Performed opera roles   
Bellini, VincenzoClotildeNormastaged
Britten, BenjaminSecond Niece Peter Grimesstaged
Dragstra, WillemMartheMarthestaged
Glass, PhilipThyAchnatonstaged
Gluck, Willibald vonEuridice Orfeostaged
Hindemith, PaulRatasapaDas Nusch-Nuschistaged
 Drittes MädchenDas Nusch Nuschistaged
Humperdinck, EngelbertSandmännchenHansel und Gretelstaged
 TaumännchenHansel und Gretelstaged
 GretelHansel und Gretelstaged
Mozart, W.A.Donna AnnaDon Giovannistaged
 1e DameDie Zauberflotestaged
 VitelliaLa Clemenza di Titocd
 TamiriIl Re Pastorecd
 VenusAscanio in Albacd
 CostanzaIl Sogno di Scipionecd
 SilberklangDer Schauspieldirectorstaged
Prokofjev, SergeiNinettal’Amour des trois Orangesstaged
Rossini, GiacomoAzemaSemiramideconcert
Strauss, JohanRosalindeDie Fledermausstaged
Strauss, RichardKönigin EuropaDie Liebe der Danaeconcert
Stravinsky, IgorAnn TruloveThe Rake’s Progressstage
Verdi, GiuseppeViolettaLa Traviataconcert
 Voce del CieloDon Carlosconcert
Wagner, RichardBlumenmädchen 1e Gr. 2e M.Parsifalstaged
 OrtlindeDie Walkürestaged
Weber, vonFatimeAbu Hassanstaged

olv Ger Vos

For the list of songs and oratorio, I would like to refer to the repertoire item.