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Dutch tenor MARCEL BEEKMAN (Casella) is much in demand as a soloist for Baroque and Classical repertoire and for contemporary concert and operatic works. He has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Les Arts Florissants, Musica Antiqua Köln, and Asko|Schönberg, under such conductors as William Christie, Iván Fischer, Frans Brüggen, Yakov Kreizberg, and Reinbert de Leeuw. Marcel Beekman has created new works by composers Elmer Schönberger, Roderik de Man, and Martijn Padding. His performance in the world premiere of Calliope Tsoupaki’s St. Luke Passion was accounted one of the highlights of the 2008 Holland Festival.
Beekman performs in the great international concert venues and in festivals such as the Utrecht Ancient Music Festival, Nederlandse Muziekdagen, Bregenzer Festspiele, and Festival de La Chaise-Dieu. A considerable list of CD recordings bears witness to his versatility. Beekman’s operatic repertoire includes the roles of Berenice in L’Ipermestra (Cavalli), Valère/Damon in Les Indes galantes (Rameau), Arthur Rimbaud in Nuit de l’enfer (Roderik de Man), the title role of Willem Breuker’s Jona, Jude in Salome (Strauss), Primo Sacerdote in Il prigioniero (Dallapiccola), Laki Topalovic in Maratonci (Zebeljan), and Voedster in Granida (Hooft). He was recently acclaimed for his performance of Arnalta in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at Theater an der Wien (Vienna), directed by Robert Carsen.
Beekman’s 2010/11 schedule includes appearances with De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam (Legende by Dutch composer Peter-Jan Wagemans), the Saito Kinen Festival Nagano (Salome conducted by Seiji Ozawa), and the Salzburg Easter Festival (Salome conducted by Sir Simon Rattle).