Jaco Huijpen


Jaco Huijpen, born in the Netherlands, studied in Am­sterdam and Hilver­sum. He participa­ted in several master­clas­ses given by among others Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and the American tenor James McCray.   His opera career started by joining the opera of Gelsenkir­chen for two seasons and subsequently the Gärtnerplatz­theater Munich as principal bass where he sang Colline (La Bohème), Haushofmeister (Capriccio), Melisso (Alcina), Sparafucile (Rigolet­to),  Il Commendatore (Do
n Giovanni), Tommaso (Tiefland), Groma (Wagner’s Die Feen) and Prince Iwan Khovansky (Kho­vanshchina).   Follo­wing his successful Basilio in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Sivig­lia with the Netherlands Reisopera in Enschede he returned there to sing Kaspar (Der Freis­chütz), Vodnik (Rusalka), Fra Guardiano (La forza del destino), Trinity Moses (Mahagonny), Ramfis (Aida), Gran Inquisitore (Don Carlos), and other productions. He also is a regular guest at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam where he sang Tem­po and Antino in Pierre Audi's production of Monte­verdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patri­a (which production also guested at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York) and the world premiere of Guus Janssen’s Hier°.   In recent years, Jaco Huijpen has added to his repertoire some important parts: Talbot (Maria Stuarda), Klingsor (Parsifal), Don Pizarro (Fidelio), Banquo (Macbeth)  at Komische Oper Berlin; Gual­tiero in a concert per­formance of Belli­ni's I Puritani for Dutch radio; Monterone (Rigoletto) at l’Opéra National La Monnaie and the Opéra de Lausanne; Osmin (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) at La Monnaie in Brussels, the opera of Frankfurt and Teatro Comunale "Giuseppe Verdi", Trieste, Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma in the new Graham Vick production; Tiresias in Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent.   Some of the star parts of Jaco Huijpen are Kaspar (Der Freischütz) which he sang in Staatsoper and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Montpellier, Liège, Leipzig and Genève;  Dikoj in Katja Kabanova (Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, Amsterdam) and Hunding (Die Walküre).   Jaco Huijpen made his debut at the Opéra National de Paris in the world premiere of Perela, L`Homme de Fumée from Pascal Dusapin. In the latest work of this composer – Faustus,the last night – he interpreted the part of Togod in the world premiere (Berlin Unter den Linden and Lyon, also on DVD).   Jaco Huijpen’s repertoire in the vocal-symphonic and oratorio field ranges from Bach's Oratorios and Passions to Szymanowski's Stabat Mater and  Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ. The bass has been heard among others in Benoit's orato­rio The War with BRT Televi­sion, Beetho­ven's Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony; in Verdi’s Requiem at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires , Teatro Solis in Montevideo and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Jaco Huijpen has worked furthermore with conduc­tors as Ivor Bolton, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Alexander Joel, Dmitri Jurowski, Kent Nagano, Marc Soustrot, and Edo de Waart.
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