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Olga Werner (Contralto, Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Utrecht, the Netherlands

The Dutch contralto/mezzo-soprano, Olga Werner, studied at Mavo Jutphaseweg Utrecht (1971-1975). She began her vocal studies with Nelly Burbach. After earning a first prize at a talent for classical singing in the Utrecht region, she continued her studies with Joy Workum and Henk Vonk. She followed with master-class of Lied interpretation by Rudolf Jansen. For a number of years she has been coached by the baritone Evert Jan Nagtegaal.

Olga Werner is a versatile alto-mezzo; her versatility is her strength. She is famous for her warm, balanced timbre and convincing presentation. As a soloist she is sougt-after for great sacred orks. She has performed Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) and Weihnachts-Oratorium (BWV 248) by J.S. Bach, A Child of Our Time by Tippett, Elias by Felix Mendelssohn, Requiem by Robert Schumann, Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini Harmonie Messe by Haydn. She has also sung the alto solos in many Bach Cantatas. In 2012 she recorded the CD “Bidden langs de snelweg”, which includes J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 33.

Olga Werner worked together with: Orkest van het Oosten, Nationale Reisopera, Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera, Nederlands Theaterkoor, opera and operetta associations, male choirs, chamber choirs and sacredl choirs. In operas and operettas she sings and plays with a lot of devotion, such as the role of Orlofsky in Der Fledermaus or Csypra in The Gypsy Baron and many others.

Apart from grand and spectacular Olga Werner loves small and intimate. She gives Lieder recitals, in which she is accompanied on the piano by Natasja Douma or Arthur Bouma. With pianist Reinder Mulder and baritone Evert Jan Nagtegaal she forms Trio Oreade. On small sites and during atmospheric living room concerts they perform songs of Robert Schumann, Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Strauss and Franz Liszt. In the past, she formed together with Arjen Beintema violinist and pianist Arthur Bouma the Beljajev Ensemble; along with narrator Wim Wolbrink these musicians brought a Russian programme with works by Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninov. With pianist Reinder Mulder she is currently presenting a programme of Lieder by J. Brahms, R. Schumann and R. Stauss.

Source: Olga Werner Website & LinkedIn profile, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2014)
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Aryeh Oron (August 2014)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Roel Vogel


BWV 33

Links to other Sites

Olga Wewrnerr -alt/mezzo (Official Website) [Dutch]

Olga Werner on LinkedIn

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