Йоханни ван Оострум

Biography

South African soprano Johanni van Oostrum burst onto the international opera scene in 2012 when, at short notice, she successfully took over the role of Marschallin in Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has sung under the baton of conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Massimo Zanetti, Henrik Nánási, Stefan Solyom, Gianluca Marciano, Jan Willem de Vriend, and worked with opera directors such as Harry Kupfer, Barrie Kosky, Tobias Kratzer and Vera Nemirova.

Johanni van Oostrum started the 2013-14 season making her house debut with the role of Elsa in Lohengrin at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. She sang the role of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in her house debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, conducted by Ivor Bolton. At the Komische Oper Berlin she was heard in the roles of Micaela in Carmen, Antonia in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann, the First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Mary in Kálmán’s Die Herzogin von Chicago, where she has also sung the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier under Henrik Nánási.

Ms. van Oostrum opened the 2014-15 season singing the role of Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme at the Deutches Nationaltheater Weimar, as well as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Elsa in Wagner’s Lohengrin. She also sang Elsa in Lohengrin at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden and returned to the Komische Oper Berlin as Micaela in Bizet’s Carmen.

In 2015 she made her Bolshoi Theatre debut as the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier).

As a concert artist she regularly appears in the Beethoven Symphony Nr. 9, Bach St John and St Matthew Passions, Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, Verdi Requiem, The Creation by Haydn, The Messiah by Händel, and the Elias by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. In 2013 on the occasion of the Richard Strauss 150th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Weimar she sang orchestral songs by Strauss under the baton of Stefan Solyom with the Orchestra of the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar. She performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs under the baton of Gianluca Marciano at the Al Bustan Festival in Beirut, and presented them again in Bayreuth with the Staatskapelle Weimar under the baton of Martin Hoff.

Born in South Africa, Ms. van Oostrum is a graduate of the University of Pretoria. She received vocal training from Kammersängerin Dr. Mimi Coertse and was a member of the Black Tie Opera. She won the Erna Spoorenberg Dutch Vocal Competition in 2005 and the Ruth Lopin Nash Award from the Oratorio Society of New York in de Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009.