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Dutch soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg is best known for her dazzling vocal agility and her passionate and insightful interpretations. As Chicago Classical Music writes: “Josefien Stoppelenburg stood out for her creamy tone, dead-on accuracy and dramatic interpretation. Everything she touched shone.”
Stoppelenburg is currently performing all over the United States as a specialist of Baroque Music. and as a concert singer. Concerts this season include performances with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Newberry Consort, Baroque Music Festival Corona del Mar, Arizona Bach Festival, St Louis Bach Society, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, Boulder Bach Festival, Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble,Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Peoria Bach Festival, and with Camerata Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Stoppelenburg performed as a soloist in Europe,The United States, Asia, South America, and the Arab Emirates.
Her appearance on Chicago’s classical radio program“Live from WFMT” was selected as one of the 10 best performances in 2016 and she has become one of the most sought after Baroque singers in the Chicago area.
She won the Chicago Oratorio Award and second prize in The American Prize Opera Competition.
Josefien gave vocal masterclasses about Baroque Music at Indiana University, (Jacobs School of Music) University of Colorado and Illinois State University.
From 2005 until 2007, Josefien was part of the Young Opera Ensemble of Cologne, Germany. Leading operatic roles have included Aci in the Haymarket Opera Company’s acclaimed production of Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Tirsi in Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine in the International Chamber Opera Festival (The Netherlands). She has appeared with Camerata Amsterdam, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Haymarket Opera Company, Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana, Fulcrum Point and Music of the Baroque, Bloomington Bach Cantata Project and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ensemble Brothers and Sisters (vocal duo Charlotte and Josefien Stoppelenburg and piano duo Martijn and Stefan Blaak) recently appeared live on Radio 4, the Dutch classical radio station for Classical Music and just made their ensemble debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As a vocal duo, Charlotte and Josefien have performed in nearly every concert hall in The Netherlands.
Many composers wrote especially for Josefien. She performed works by Jacob TV, Esa-Pekka Salonen , Stacy Garrop, Lita Grier, Eric Whitacre and William Neil, as well as works by Dutch composers, including her father, composer Willem Stoppelenburg.
Josefien performed several times for Dutch Royal Family.
Stoppelenburg’s second love is painting. She paints frequently on commission. In 2018 the Peoria Symphony Orchestra used her paintings for Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The paintings were shown on a big screen during the performance.
Her colorful art has been used as opera sets, cd booklets, , music festival posters and as note cards.