Dutch mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn was born in Delft and studied violin and voice at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. After obtaining her solo violin diploma, she continued her vocal studies with Udo Reinemann, Jard van Nes, and Dame Janet Baker. Over the years, she has won numerous awards, including the 2005 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, the 2005–06 ECHO Rising Stars Award, and the 2008 Dutch Music Award. In 2007, she was named a BBC New Generation Artist.
Ms. Stotijn is a passionate interpreter of art songs. Accompanied by the pianists Joseph Breinl and Julius Drake, with whom she has longstanding duo partnerships, she has performed in the world’s leading concert venues, including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, La Monnaie in Brussels, and Wigmore Hall in London. She regularly performs chamber music with collaborators such as the violist Antoine Tamestit; her brother, the double bassist Rick Stotijn; and the Oxalys ensemble.
The conductor Bernard Haitink has had a profound influence on Ms. Stotijn’s career. Under his direction, she has performed with such ensembles as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Boston, Chicago, and London symphony orchestras. She has also worked with several other world-class conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Iván Fischer, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andris Nelsons, Gustavo Dudamel, Ludovic Morlot, Mark Elder, and Jaap van Zweden, performing repertoire that includes Berlioz’s La Mort de Cléopâtre and Les Nuits d’été; Elgar’s Sea Pictures; Britten’s Phaedra; Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death; Mahler’s Rückert Lieder, Kindertotenlieder, and Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3; Lieberson’s Neruda Songs; Henze’s Fünf neapolitanische Lieder; Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder; and Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder.
Ms. Stotijn has sung the world premieres of a diverse range of contemporary works, including, in 2009, Michel van der Aa’s song cycle Spaces of Blank, which he dedicated to Ms. Stotijn and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and, in 2013, Thomas Adès Totentanz at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall. She has also sung Totentanz with the New York Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg, Czech Philharmonic, and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (all with Mr. Adès conducting) and with the Hamburg Symphoniker (with Jeffrey Tate conducting).
In opera, Ms. Stotijn’s appearances include Pauline in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame at the Paris Opera; Isabella in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence; Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Dutch National Opera, Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, and Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao; and Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare at the Dutch National Opera and the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Belgium. Other major engagements have included the title role in Handel’s Tamerlano at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Brangäne in a concert performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde; and Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina at Oper Stuttgart.
Highlights of Ms. Stotijn’s’s 2018–19 season include further performances of Totentanz with both the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris; La Mort de Cléopatre with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 with the Orchestre National de Lille; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Mr. Adès; a Dutch national tour of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble; and a recital in Strasbourg for Opéra national du Rhin.
Christianne Stotijn’s acclaimed discography includes a recording of Tchaikovsky songs for Onyx (BBC Music Magazine Award winner); a work close to her heart for the MDG label: Martin’s Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke, which won a 2008 ECHO Klassik Award; and, most recently, her debut recording for Warner Classics: If the Owl Calls Again, which was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice in July 2015.