BiographyDutch mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos completed her studies at the Conservatory of Utrecht with Henny Yana Diemer with distinction in 2007 and was a member of the National Opera Studio of Amsterdam in 2006/07.
From 2009 until 2011 she was a member of Maastricht’s Opera Zuid, performing roles such as Octavian/Der Rosenkavalier, Cherubino/Le Nozze di Figaro, Hansel/Hansel and Gretel, Varvara/Káťa Kabanová und Angelina/La Cenerentola. In addition, she was a guest with Nederlandse Reisopera Enschede as Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia und Cherubino. In May 2011 she jumped in as Octavian at the National Opera in Amsterdam under Sir Simon Rattle.
Karin Strobos has been a freelance artist since 2019 and was previously an ensemble member at the Aalto-Theater Essen for several seasons, where she has had the opportunity to further build her repertoire with roles such as Charlotte/Werther, Dorabella/Cosi fan tutte, Idamantes/Idomeneo, Amando/Le Grand Macabre, Zerlina/Don Giovanni, Suzuki/Madama Butterfly, Karolka/Jenůfa, Siébel/Faust, Rosina/Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Adalgisa/Norma. At Nederlandse Reisopera she also sang Komponist/Ariadne auf Naxos and Rosina/Il Barbiere di Seviglia.
In addition to her operatic activity, Strobos can regularly be heard on the concert stage as well as in various chamber ensembles. She performed as a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Gelders Orkest, and the Filharmonie of Vlaanderen and forms a trio with Daria van den Bercken (piano) and Felicia van den End (flute). She works with Sax and Stix and Cello8ctet Amsterdam and is part of a duo with pianist Else Sterk. She also toured with pianist Thomas Beijer and actor Sieger Sloot with Brahms' "Die schöne Magelone". Additionally, she is a regular guest at various Dutch festivals and was awarded the festival prize at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam.
In recent seasons Karin Strobos has appeared as Karolka in the new production of Janáček's Jenufa at the National Opera Amsterdam under the direction of Katie Mitchell and Tomáš Netopil, and as Fortuna in the world premiere of Mohammed Fairouz's "The new Prince" under Steven Sloane and the direction of Lotte de Beer. She continues to be a welcome guest in Essen where she was recently heard as Dorabella/Cosí fan tutte, Octavian/Rosenkavalier and Siébel/Faust (Gounod). Under the baton of Jakub Hrůša and Phillip Stölzl´ direction, she sings again in Jenufas' Rusalka at the Nationale Opera Amsterdam* as part of the Holland Festival 2020, she was also heard 20/21 in Essen with Lubica Čekovská's comic opera Impresario Dotcom*. In concert, she is invited to perform Beethoven 9* under Risto Joost and the Noord Nederlands Orkest.The 21/22 season will see the revival of her highly successful Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni at the Aalto Theater Essen.
*cancelled due to Covid
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Hartelijk welkom!We would like to warmly welcome Karin Strobos to our agency – we are looking very much forward to the cooperation! In the same breath, we would like to thank Pieter Alferink, who represented Karin up to this point and now entrusted us with the management of the artist, for the many years of great work and hope that he will provide us with advice also in the future.
Karin, who is a steady member of the ensemble at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, can look forward to an exciting season. To begin the season she will be singing Karolka in the new production of Janáček‘s Jenufa at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam in the staging by Katie Mitchell and under the musical direction of Tomáš Netopil. In addition, she will be on stage at her parent house in Essen in the new production Così fan tutte/Dorabella (Con.: Tomáš Netopil ) as well as in the revivals of Hansel and Gretel/Hansel and Don Giovanni/Donna Elvira.
Photo: Keke Keukelaar
Photo: Keke Keukelaar
Photo: Keke Keukelaar
Ariadne auf Naxos / Nederlandse Reisopera Amsterdam / 08.10.16 / bachtrack.com
"portrayed very convincingly an endearing and juvenile Composer"
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen / 04.06.16 / magazin.klassik.com
"verzaubert auch stimmlich. Belcanto vom Feinsten"
Opera Gala / Concertgebouw Amsterdam / 22.05.15 / bachtrack.com
"her silky, limber mezzo warmed up the audience and set up a festive mood"
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Nederlandse Reisopera Amsterdam / 16.08.14 / bachtrack.com
"showed off a beautiful lyric sound especially at the top of her range"