Gerben van der Werf

The Dutch countertenor Gerben van der Werf studied Chemistry, Physics and History & Philosophy of Science at Utrecht University, and singing at the Utrecht Conservatory and the Royal College of Music, London with Jón Thorsteinsson, Lawrence Zazzo and Selma Harkink. He continued his studies with Selma Harkink while at the Dutch National Opera Academy and is also coached by Peter Nilsson and Margreet Honig. Gerben started singing at the age of seven in the Kampen Boys Choir and sang his first opera role at the age of 12 as Erster Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He is now active on the concert and opera stage appearing as alto soloist in Bach’s Passions and as Giulio Cesare (Handel), Orfeo (Gluck), Friedrich Bhaer (Adamo) and Siebel (Gounod). This season he will perform the roles of Sergei Diaghilev (Ritratto, Jeths) with the Dutch National Opera, Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra e Cesare, Graun), Le Comte Barigoule (Cendrillon, Viardot) and Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss) with DNOA. Financial support for his studies is provided by Dr Hendrik Mullerfonds and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Gerben’s future engagements include Bach – De Apocalyps with Opera2Day and Nederlandse Bach Vereniging in January 2022.