The Dutch mezzo-soprano, Elsbeth Gerritsen, studied music science to the Utrecht University, then was trained at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam by Margreet Honig. At present she is taught by Jard van Nes.
Elsbeth Gerritsen appears regularly as a guest soloist with several choirs and orchestras. Thus she sang, among things, the alto arias in Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) and Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach, Stabat Mater by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, the Alto Rhapsody by Johannes. Brahms, Wagner's Wesendonklieder, Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev, and M is for Music, Man, Mozart by Louis Andriessen. In the opera area she performed roles in Orfeo by Gluck (Orfeo), Dido and Aeneas by Purcell (Sorceress), The Zoo by Sullivan (Eliza), and Der Jasager by Weill (Mutter). She sang Dienstertje in the world première of De Roep van de Kinkhoorn by Bart Visman, and in March 2006 the role of Marthe in Faust by Charles Gounod. Moreover she sings frequently at chamber music festivals. This season (2005-2006) includes appearances as a guest at the Franse Festival Consonances in Saint-Nazaire (Lieder of J. Brahms), the Internationaal Kamermuziekfestival Schiermonnikoog (Stabat Mater by Pärt), and the Hortus Kamermuziek Festival (with Lieder of Dvorák, Paul Hindemith and Schulhoff). Furthermore she gladly sings in chorale ensembles, including Cappella Amsterdam, Groot Omroepkoor and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Director: Jos van Veldhoven). In January 2006 she became a member of the Quink Vocaal Ensemble.