Biography

SB MolenstraatSytse Buwalda was born in 1965. At the age of fourteen he began studying singing with Paul Hameleers, and later continued his study with Cora Canne-Meyer at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. He further studied interpretation with Max van Egmond and has taken part in master-classes with Paul Esswood and John Shirley Quirk.

Sytse Buwalda has built up a busy international career singing oratorio/opera/lieder repertoire, stretching from the Renaissance to the present day. He thereby had the honour to work with several great conductors such as: Sir David Willcocks; several opera recitals with Heroic Arias by Händel, Maasaki Suzuki; Bachkantates & Te Deum by Zelenka in Tokyo and Kobe, Edo de waart; Glückliche Hand by Schoenberg at the Holland Festival, Alan Curtis; Te Deum by Lully at the openingconcert of the Händel Festspiele Halle and Arminio by Händel at the Settimane Musicale Senese, Händel Festspiele Halle, Classic Open Air Festival Solothurn and in the  Concertgebouw Amsterdam (VARA, Radio/Television broadcast), Arnold Östman: Apolli et hyacinthus by Mozart at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam (VARA, radio/television broadcast), Yoshio Watanabe; Monteverdi program at the Festival Early Music in Tochigi (Japan) and Jurjen Hempel; Worldpremiére of the opera Gershwin in Blue by Chiel Meyering.

He has also performed in various countries in opera productions such as Händel’s ‘Giulio Cesare’ (Cesare), ‘Orlando Furioso’(Orlando), ‘Agrippina’ (Ottone), ‘Flavio’ (Flavio) and ‘Ascanio in Alba (Ascanio), in ‘Apollo et Hyacinthus’ (Apollo) by Mozart, in Britten’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and in the world premières of ‘Gershwin in Blue’ by Chiel Meyering , ‘Winterreise’ by Ingomar Grunauer and ‘Daniela’ (Daniela) by Pablo Escande and has been a guest at leading international festivals such as the ‘Internationale Musik Festwochen’ in Lucerne, ‘The Festival of Early Music’ in Utrecht, ‘Festival Arte Sacro’ in Madrid and ‘Wratislavia Cantans’ in Wroclaw.      

In 2007 he  will sing the role of Rigo in the Production of ‘Don Quichotte in Sienna Morena’ by Conti at the ‘Opera aan het IJ’  and in 2008 the Sorceress in Purcell’s ‘Dido  and Aneas’ at Opera Zuid.

Together  with the famous actress Ina van Faassen he toured throughout the Dutch theaters  with ‘Il Virtuoso’, a theatrical play based upon the bestseller novel ‘de  Virtuoos’ by Margriet de Moor.         He also was  the musical leader of the theater production “Barock” with the balletcompany  Introdans from Arnhem.   

Since 2004  he regularly worked with the Spanish conductor Angel Recassens who sadly died  August 2007. Beside several concerts in a.o. Madrid, Palencia, Salamanca, Leon, Alcalá de Henares and Guenca, he also participated in  three recordings: Entre Aventuras y Encantamientos de Don Quichotte, El Vuelo  de Icaro and Misa de Requiem ‘de dos bajos’ by Mateo Romero. In July 2008 he  will sing with Angel Recassens son, Albert, who has taken up his father’s  baton.  

Singing  songs is one of his greatest passions. Together with his accompanists David van Ooijen, lute/guitar and Vaughan Schlepp, fortepiano/piano he has met with wide  acclaim throughout Europe and Japan. At present he tours throughout  Holland and Germany with his program ‘About Love’ from his latest solo cd and  ‘Forbidden Love’, a performance combining Italian Arias with a short story by  his own hand.

Sytse Buwalda  voice has been registered on more than 130 cd’s, and he is the only  counter-tenor in the world who has recorded all the Kantates by J.S. Bach. Currently there are already  more than 6 million copys sold worldwide.         Other cd  recordings include the world première recording of ‘Arminio’ by G.F. Händel with Alan Curtis,  ‘Susanna’  & ‘Theodora,’ by G.F. Händel,  conducted by Peter Neumann, two settings of the ‘Stabat Mater’ by Pergolesi (one with soprano Roberta Alexander),  Two recordings of the Messiah by G.F.  Händel, the Stabat Mater’s by Vivaldi  and Tuma, and 3 recordings and DVD of the Matthew  Passion by J.S.Bach.         He recorded  also 7 solo cd’s. “Sacred Arias”,  released in 2004 was for seven weeks the nr. 1 in the Dutch Classic top 50. ‘About Love’, released 2005 reached the  nr. 2 position. “Lust in 4 courses”, released in 2007 reached nr. 6 position in  the Classic FM to 20.         May 2008 a  live recording of the Mozart Requiem & Coronation Mass performed by the  Bach Choir & Orchestra of the Netherlands will be released. The same month he  will also record a new c.d. with Camerata Trajectina. The title “moaning virgins” is very promising.         His  programm with renaissance “Songs of life  & Death” will be recorded live in September 2008 (release oktober). He  will be accompanied by David van Ooijen, lute; Freek Borstlap, Gamba and  the beautiful soprano Francine van der Heyden.       

Tohether  with Stephen John Kalinich, a spoken-word artist and lyricist, who has written  songs with Brightonian David Courtney, The Beach Boys and many Motown artists  and Pablo Escande, a brilliant young composer from Argentina, he will appear in 5 concerts  during the Brighton Fringe Festival. The concert will be a ‘magical’  combination of Music, singing and poetry. That’s why we called the  program “The Magic Hand”!

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