Marcel Reijans is one of the leading tenors in the Netherlands. Acclaimed for his lyrical roles in Mozart, Strauss and Wagner, Reijans has performed in major opera houses throughout Europe and America. He has been a guest at the opera houses of Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Hamburg, Dresden, Baden-Baden, Düsseldorf, Geneva, New York City, Boston, Lyon, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Marseille, Angers/Nantes, Cagliari, Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, Antwerp, Palermo and Bologna.
Mr. Reijans commands a diverse and extensive repertoire of more than 70 operas including the roles of Don José in Carmen, Erik in Der fliegende Holländer, Narraboth in Salome, Matteo in Arabella, Max in Der Freischütz, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Grigory in Boris Godunov, Walther von der Vogelweide in Tannhäuser, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, Loge in Das Rheingold, Fenton in Falstaff, Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites, Le Prince Philippe in Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne, Anatol in Vanessa, Camille in Die Lustige Witwe, Candide in Candide, Andres in Wozzeck, Kudrias in Kát’a Kabanova, Paris in King Priam, Tristan in Le vin herbé, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Ferrando in Così fan tutte.
His concert engagements have included performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Concerto Köln, Göteborgs Symfoniker and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
He has been a guest at various festivals and in renowned concert series including the BBC Proms, Schwetzinger Festspiele and NTR ZaterdagMatinee in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Tanglewood, Montreux, Innsbruck and Brisbane. Mr. Reijans has worked with numerous conductors including Yves Abel, Daniel Barenboim, Bertrand de Billy, Frans Brüggen, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Eötvös, Valery Gergiev, Hartmut Haenchen, Thomas Hengelbrock, René Jacobs, Philippe Jordan, Ton Koopman, Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden.
On the concert stage Mr. Reijans performed in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mendelssohn’s Elias and Die erste Walpurgisnacht,Lizst’s Faust Symphony, Hohe Messe and the arias and role of the evangelist in St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion (Bach), Messiah and La Resurrezione (Händel), Requiem, Krönungsmesse and Der Messias (Mozart), Die Schöpfung (Haydn), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), L’Enfance du Christ (Berlioz), Messa di Gloria (Puccini), Te Deum (Bruckner), The Bells (Rachmaninov), Serenade for Tenor and Horn (Britten) and Child of our time (Tippett).
In addition to an extensive solo career, Marcel Reijans founded Dutch ensemble Frommermann, a group of five singers, pianist and guitarist that performs a wide variety of music ranging from Schubert and cabaret songs from the interbellum to modern popular songs. From 2005 – 2013 Mr. Reijans was the managing and artistic director of Frommermann, leading the ensemble become one of the most well-known Dutch chamber music groups that specialise in light and classical music.
In 2015, Reijans founded Taralli, a new ensemble with two tenors, two baritones and a pianist. Taralli performs famous opera repertoire in a theatrical setting.
Mr. Reijans is on the vocal faculty of Codarts Rotterdam and Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen and has given masterclasses at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. Since 2014 he also has a private vocal studio named “Studio Fritz”.
Georg Frideric Handel was a composer from the Baroque period. Handel wrote primarily music-dramatic works: 42 operas, 29 oratorios, more than 120 cantatas, trios and duets, which comes to a total amount of almost 2000 arias! Furthermore, he composed English, Italian and Latin sacred music, serenades and odes. Among his instrumental music are several organ concertos, concerti grossi, overtures, oboe sonatas and violinsonates, along with many solo works for harpsichord and organ.
Together with Johann Sebastian Bach, who was born in the same year (1685), Handel is viewed as one of the greatest composers of his time. He was extremely prolific and wrote in total more than 610 works, many of which are still performed today.
Compared to his contemporaries Bach, Telemann and Scarlatti, Handel was by far the most cosmopolitan. When Handel was a child, his father, who was a surgeon at the court of Saxe-Weissenfels, imagined a juridical career for him. But his musical talents did not go unnoticed at the court, which forced the father to let him study music. In Hamburg, Handel befriended Mattheson. Together they visited Buxtehude, the greatest organ player of his time, in 1703 (two years before Bach did). At that time, Handel was already an excellent musician, but it wasn't until his stay in Italy - the land of opera - that his talents and skills truly started to flourish. Back in Germany, he received a position at the court of Hannover, where the noblemen had a connection to the British throne. Thanks to these connections, Handel decided to move to London, after which a puzzling history of intrigues and political games started. For example, it is unclear what the exact political message of his famous Water Music is, which was composed for a boat ride on the river Thames by King George. Initially, Handel focused on Italian opera during his stay in London, but from the 1730s onwards he started composing English spoken oratorios, with the celebrated Messiah at its peak.