Iris Luypaers


Since she was placed in the Semi Finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition 2008, Iris performed the role of Pamina/Die Zauberflöte and Zdenka/Arabella in opera concerts led by doctor Julian Wachner in the “Festival International du Domaine Forget” and in the “Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival”. In this well known festival she already gave recitals with Belgian music (Mortelmans and De Boeck) and she also performed in baroque concerts with Canadian counter tenor Daniel Taylor. With the Theatre of early music led by Daniel Taylor, Iris recorded a CD for Sony BMG Records called “The voice of Bach”.

Iris studied in the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp and completed a post graduate degree in the Operastudio of McGill Schulich School of Music in Montreal. She was coached by Joanne Kolomyjec, Denise Massé and Michael McMahon. Her current teacher is the well known American Baritone Stephen Salters. At McGill Iris performed in the opera’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, La vie Parisienne and Cosi fan tutte in the roles of the Bat, Baronnes of Gondremarck and Despina. In the Flemish Opera Iris made her debut as Emmie/Albert Herring, a production by Guy Joosten. She was also involved in the opera -theatre productions Zone Orfeo, Drift and Where’s my soul by the Opera Company Transparant.

For the MusiMars Festival in Montreal Iris sang the Bachianas Brasilieras No.5  live for CBC radio with the famous Canadian cellist Matt Haimowitz. As a soloist she also performed the Chichester Psalms by Bernstein in Jerusalem led by Aharon Harlap, in Milano she sang the Sacred Concerts by Duke Ellington led by Gabrieli Comeglio and in Sicily she was a soloist in Missa in Illo Tempore en Missa Concertata by Monteverdi both led by Roberto Gini and his Ensemble Concerto. As a guest Iris has sung in BOZAR, DeSingel, Elisabethzaal, City Hall of Leuven, Concertgebouw Bruges, Opéra de Liège etc. in concerts with the Begian Chamber Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra.

Besides opera and recitals Iris also performs as an Oratorio singer. She has sung under the direction of Frieder Bernius in the Te Deum by Mendelssohn in Caen, in the Vesperae solennes de confessore by Mozart led by Robert Ingari in Montreal and in the Saint John’s Passion with St. Andrew and St. Paul Choir and Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Doctor Julian Wachner. She also has great affinity with "Lied" and was asked to sing Mendelssohn recitals for the Klara Festival in Palais des Beaux Arts. Iris sings French, German and Bel Canto recitals with accompanists like Jozef De Beenhouwer, Lionel Bams, Monica Florescu and Liebrecht Vanbeckevoort. Iris is also passionate about musical, jazz and tango. With her own ensemble “I due Quartetti “ she performs concerts through different styles and genres called “Classical with a swing”.

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