Biography

Syrinx Jessen

Soprano & Flautist

Syrinx Jessen
Photographer Jörg Metzner

The Dutch soprano Syrinx Jessen studied at the University of Music in Würzburg with Cheryl Studer, where she also received tuition in song interpretation from Gerold Huber and Alexander Fleischer. Ms. Jessen completed a year of “International Masterclasses for International Lied Udo Reinemann“ and continued her studies with Sir Thomas Allen, Sergei Leiferkus, Irwin Gage, Endrik Wottrich, Robert Gambill, Frank van Aken and Eva Maria Westbroek. In 2015 she received a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation of the Bayreuth Festival. Ms. Jessen was a semi-finalist in the 2018 International Competition for Wagner Voices, and in 2018 she furthered her studies at the Éva Marton International Opera Studio. In 2019 she made her debut with De Nederlandse Reisopera in the role of Mrs. Anderssen in Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music“.

Ms. Jessen has been a solo member of the Neubrandenburg/Neustrelitz Theatre ensemble since the beginning of the 2019/ 2020 season. Currently she can be heard in the title role of Puccini’s‚ “Suor Angelica“ and as Giorgetta in ‘‘Il Tabarro“. Further roles include the title role in Paul Abraham’s ‘‘Viktoria and her Hussar“ and the Countess Gondremark in Offenbach’s ‘‘Parisian Life“. In the 2020/2021 season Ms. Jessen has been contracted to sing Tchaikovsky’s ‘‘Eugene Onegin“(Tatjana), Margaret Campbell the Duchess of Argyll in Adès ‘‘Powder her Face“ and Micaëla in Bizet’s ‘‘Carmen“.

Ms. Jessen began her musical career at the age of seven studying flute and piano. Among her awards are first prizes in the Benelux Flute Competition, the Princess Christina Competition, the Young Music Talent Foundation, the Fontys Competition and the International Woodwind Competition. Ms.Jessen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Royal College of Music in The Hague, followed by a Master’s Degree with Prof. Dr. Renate Greiss Armin at the College of Music, Karlsruhe. In addition to her position as principal flautist for the Mannheim Philharmonic, she has performed regularly with the Pforzheim Theatre, the Chamber Orchestra Baden Baden, the Weingartner Chamber Orchestra, the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, the Chamber Music Festival Maria Milstein-Duinstreek, the Herman van Veen Arts Center and the Aurora Festival. In 2018 she began studying “Historical Development and Baroque Flute” at the University of Music Würzburg with Verena Fischer.