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Biography Miranda van Kralingen


Miranda van Kralingen graduated with distinction from the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She studied under famous teachers such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Regine Crespin and Ank Reinders. She participated in a master class given by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf where she was coached for Richard Strauss’ “Vier Letzte Lieder” (Four Last Songs). She was chosen to sing in the final concert which was broadcasted on Dutch radio and television and this giving her career a remarkable start.

Miranda van Kralingen has rapidly established herself as one of Holland’s most exciting performers. At De Nederlandse Opera she sang a leading soprano role in the World Premiere of Louis Andriessen’s: Rosa, a horse drama and ‘Die Freundin’ in Schönberg’s Von Heute auf Morgen.

At Opera Zuid, she sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Mimi in La Bohème. The English Opera Magazine wrote that the totality of her performance was astonishing.

At the Nationale Reisopera Miranda van Kralingen sang the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Elisabetta di Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo, the title role in Katja Kabanova, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow .Her highly acclaimed performance of Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes and Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio were praised by the international press not only for her voice but also her superb acting.

In recent years Miranda van Kralingen also gave remarkable performances abroad. The famous director, Harry Kupfer, offered her several parts at Die Komische Oper Berlin, where Miranda van Kralingen made her esteemed debut as Fewronia in Die Legende von der unsichtbare Stadt Kitesch by Rimsky Korsakov.

This exciting Dutch Soprano gave a very successful performance of Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio. A production to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Die Komische Oper Berlin directed by Harry Kupfer.

With great success she sang the part of Die Marschallin in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Basel Opera in Switzerland. Her sparkling French debut she made as Agathe in Weber’s Der Freischütz at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris conducted by Myung Whun Chung. At the Welsh National Opera she sang her first Tosca, raved by the public!!

Her engagements included also her first Eva in Richard Wagner’s Meistersinger at the Opera in Toulouse and Die Marschallin at the Opera of Stuttgart.

Miranda van Kralingen is also an accomplished concert and recital performer, having appeared at numerous international venues. Her concert repertoire covers pieces from Monteverdi to Messiaen. Recently she has sung “Les poémes pour Mi” by Messiaen with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Ed Spanjaard.  

For a period of ten years, she gave duo-master classes with pianist Tan Crone at the Orlando Chamber Music festival.

The opening night of her theatre program “Vocal Fever” with songs from Bach to Broadway, will take place in October 2005, accompanied by pianist and entertainer Gregor Bak.

In October 2002 Mr. José Carreras handed her the “José Carreras diamond tulip award” for her international vocal achievements.

In addition to the above she has been frequently invited to sing for the Royal Dutch House and especially for her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. She sang at the royal wedding of Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Màxima Schubert’s Ave Maria, which was broadcasted worldwide.  

Miranda van Kralingen is artistic director and general director of the Opera House “Opera Zuid” in Maastricht in The Netherlands.

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