Gerrie de Vries

Mezzo Soprano Gerrie de Vries studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. Known internationally for her interpretations of the 20th century repertoire, she performed numerous works, written for her and often dedicated to her, such as Pancho Villa, songs by Robert Zuidam, A King Riding, an opera by Klaas de Vries directed by Christopher Martalen in a co-production of the Koninklijke Munt and the Holland Festival, Music for large Ensemble by Steve Reich, Aquarius by Karel Goeyvaerts, Manifest, a music theater performance by Rolf Wallin and Jacob Schokking (Holland House, Kopenhagen), and And God invented Dice by Christina Oorebeek.

She performed in the Warschauer Herbst, the international Bartók Festival, I.S.C.M. and festivals in Darmstadt and Zürich with ensembles as the ASKO ensemble and the Schönbergensemble, and worked with conductors as Reinbert de Leeuw, Peter Eötvös, Ed Spanjaard and Oliver Knussen.

With Ad de Bont and Jan Ritsema she developed her own music theater works, as Mädchenlieder (F-act), Die Aufgeregten (Gergiev Festival) and Dame catches fire (Noord Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest). Until 2004, she worked as a singer and member of the artistic committee of the music theater collective Walpurgis in Antwerp.

At the moment she is artistic director of De Helling, a new initiative of small scale music theater in the Netherlands.