Hendrik Johan Lodewijk Vonk
Born: December 8th 1954, Amersfoort (NL)
Before his exceptional voice quality brought him to many of great opera centers, Hendrik Vonk played trumpet in several orchestras, graduated in musicology at the University of Utrecht, and studied conducting and singing at the Conservatoires of Rotterdam and Utrecht.
After participating in 1990 in the studio of Opera-Forum (Enschede, NL), he started his career as a Mozart- Belcantotenor, singing numerous leading- and comprimarioroles.
In the following years Mr. Vonk developed into a dramatic tenor, under the tutelage of James McCray.
Some of the highlights of his operatic career include: Don José in "Carmen", on tour through Germany with the opera of Krakow, Turiddu in "Cavalleria Rusticana" in the Hague, Boris in "Katja Kabanova" in Liege, and Laca in "Jenufa" in St Gallen and Hannover, the titelrole in "der Zwerg" of A. von Zemlinsky in Turin and Menelas in the "Ägyptische Helena" in Essen and during the "Richard Strauss Tagen" of 2003 in Garmisch Partenkirchen.
In oct 2001 he made in Leipzig his Debut in his signiture role as TannhÄuser (Wagner), a role he has since performed in Weimar, Basel, Kassel, Deutsche Oper and Staatsoper Berlin, and in concert version in Schloss Neuschwanstein.
In 2004 he made his Debut as Parsifal in Kassel,as Roberto in Le Villi in Dordrecht and as Dick Johnson in "La Fanciulla del West" of Puccini in Tell Aviv, and Otello of Verdi in Ulm. In 2005 he sang Jenik in "Die Verkaufte Braut"von Smetana in Halle, Laca in "Jenufa" in Meiningen/Heilbronn, Florestan in Fidelio(1805) de Beethoven in Weimar, and Radames("Aida") in Dordrecht,. This year he made his debut in Milano in teatro alla Scala as Bacchus in "Ariadne auf Naxos" of Richard Strauss and he sang Jim Mahoney in "Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) from Kurt Weill, and he prepares Tristan for Amsterdam. In 2010 he was in Lausanne for "Die Zauberflöte" and in Trieste for Tannhäuser and Otello. In march 2011 he sings Tristan in Hong-Kong with the Opera Leipzig.
Hendrik Vonks exceptional musicianship has brought him renown as a concert and liedersinger. His soloist guestings include performances with the Philharmony of Krakow, The National Orchestra of the Ukraine, L' Orchestre de Luxembourg, Radio Orchester of Saarbrücken, L' Orchestre de Bayonne, and in the Netherlands at the Residentie Orkest, Rotterdams Filharmonisch, Nederlands Filharmonisch, Radio Kamerorkest and Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Limburgs Symphonie Orkest and Noord Nederlands Orkest.
In 1989 he sang with the Nederlands Danstheater the Dutch Premiere of Tanz-Schul of Mauricio Kagel, under the conductor Kasper de Roo. In 1992 he performed in Utrecht the World Premiere of Tristan Keuris "L' Infinito" with Hans Vonk conducting and in 1998 he was in Tokyo as the tenor soloist in the 8th symfony of Mahler. Most recently he sang with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra The Governor, Vanderdender and Ragotsky in Candide of Leonard Bernstein, Scott Terrell conducting.
He has worked with such conductors as Yuri Ahronovitsch, Georg A. Albrecht, Kees Bakels, Giuliano Carella, Gabriel Chmura, Richard Dufallo, Claus Peter Flor, Asher Fisch, Friedrich Haider, Jiri Kout, Gaetano Delogu, Hartmut Haenchen, Günter Herbig, Bernard Klee, Jan Latham-Koenig, David Robertson, Stephan Soltesz, Antoni Ros Marba, Roberto Paternostro, Ed Spanjaard, Silvio Varviso and Sebastian Weigle.
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