Biography

Dutch countertenor Maarten Engeltjes is associated with both baroque and contemporary repertoire working regularly with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir and also with Peter Dijkstra and Nederlands Kamerkoor, while his contemporary credentials include the world premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Dresdner Requiem with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Vladimir Jurowski, Gavin Bryars’ The War in Heaven at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, and the role of Adschib in Hans Werner Henze’s L’Upupa und der Triumph der Sohnesliebe as part of the NTR Zaterdagmatinee series at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam under Markus Stenz. Notable concert performances have included Bach’s B minor Mass with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin conducted by Daniel Reuss, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Concerto Köln, and a European tour with B’Rock Orchestra performing Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Hasse’s Salve Regina. He has performed Händel’s Messiah with the Orchesta of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, in Rome, Bach’s Johannes-Passion with the Münchener Philharmoniker and also with Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Bach’s Magnificat with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under Juanjo Mena, and he has given a recital of Handel opera arias with Netherlands Chamber Orchestra at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

Handel opera roles include Bertarido (Rodelinda) at the Via Stellæ Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Tolomeo (Giulio Cesare) with Capella Cracoviensis, Ottone (Agrippina) with the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Mago Christiano (Rinaldo) at Opéra de Lausanne, and Polinesso (Ariodante) conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli at the Festival de l’Opéra Baroque de Beaune. He has performed Meraspe (Cavalli’s Artemisia) with La Venexiana, Creonte (Steffani’s Niobe, regina di Tebe) with Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) for Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre with NHK Orchestra conducted by Michiyoshi Inouem, L’humana fragilità and Pisandro (Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse) with Le Concert d’Astrée conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, and he gave the world premiere of Rob Zuidam’s opera, Adam in Ballingschap, performing the role of The Angel for Dutch National Opera.

Current season highlights includes Johannes-Passion with Koopman and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, he sings the role of David in Händel’s Saul with the Israel Camerata conducted by Avner Biron and he appears with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Peter Dijkstra for a performance of Handel’s Solomon. In addition, Engeltjes continues to give regular peformances of Bach, Vivaldi and Monteverdi with his own ensemble, PRJCT Amsterdam.