“This performance had an unforgettable Platée in the Dutch tenor Marcel Beekman” wrote The New York Times after his international break-through with the title role in Rameau’s opera. Described by Süddeutsche Zeitung as “the master singer who achieves miracles” and praised by Wiener Zeitung for a performance that “was snazzy…even defied gravity”, Amsterdam based Marcel Beekman is reknowned for his interpretation of operatic character roles as well as early and contemporary music performances.

Marcel Beekman has performed the great German, French and Italian baroque repertoire all over Europe, the United States, Middle East, South Africa and Japan in major concert venues and festivals with specialized conductors such as William Christie, Leonardo García Alarcón, Frans Brüggen, Christophe Rousset, Richard Egarr and Reinhard Goebel. He has performed later repertoire as well with Sir Simon Rattle, Daniele Gatti, Sir Mark Elder, Iván Fischer, Jérémie Rhorer, Claus Peter Flor, Ariane Matiakh, Steven Sloane and Ed Spanjaard, with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Les Arts Florissants, Cappella Mediterranea, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Collegium 1740, ASKO|Schönberg, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, Israel Camerata and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.

Marcel is also known for his outstanding ability in more avant-garde repertoire. He has worked extensively with conductors such as Reinbert de Leeuw, Sylvain Cambreling, John Adams, Marc Albrecht, Avner Biron and Jonathan Stockhammer in works by Igor Stravinsky, Alban Berg, Benjamin Britten, Nicolas Obouchov, Pascal Dusapin, Edison Denisov, Mauricio Kagel, Witold Lutoslawski, Joseph Bardanashvili, Gottfried von Einem and György Kurtág. Marcel has given many world premières that have been specially composed for his voice: Calliope Tsoupaki, Martijn Padding, Roderik de Man, Micha Hamel, Elmer Schönberger, Jacques Bank, António Chagas Rosa and Jeff Hamburg have written specifically for him, as have the younger generation of Dutch composers such as Reza Namavar, Joost Kleppe, Anke Brouwer, Bart Visman and Matthias Kadar.

Operatic repertoire includes Berenice L’Ipermestra Cavalli [released on CD in 2019], the title role in Rameau’s Platée, the title role in Pygmalion and Valère, Damon, Don Carlos Les Indes Galantes Rameau, Maître de Musique and Maître de Chant Les Fêtes Vénitiennes Campra, Nurse Granida P.C. Hooft, Arnalta and Nutrice L’Incoronazione di Poppea [the 2018 Salzburg production was released on CD and DVD in 2019], Eumete Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and the title role in Orfeo Monteverdi, Lope Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena Conti, Germanico Arminio Biber, Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Basilio and Don Curzio Le Nozze di Figaro Mozart, Skrjagin Skupoy Pashkevich, Prince Nilski Igrok Prokofiev, Adrian Der Sturm Martin, Ein TanzmeisterAriadne auf Naxos, 1., 2. and 4. Jude Salome Strauss [“…the well-executed quintet of bickering Jews was dominated by Marcel Beekman’s lacerant tenor…”], Le Cabaretier Benvenuto Cellini Berlioz, Ulrich Eisslinger Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Wagner, Mime Das Rheingold and Siegfried Wagner, Hauptmann and Narr Wozzeck Alban Berg, Primo Sacerdote Il Prigioniero Dallapiccola, Pégase, Sénéchal and Prêtre L’écume des jours Edison Denisov [International Diaghilev Award 2013], the title role in Jonah the Naysayer Willem Breuker, Arthur Rimbaud Nuit de l’enfer Roderik de Man, Laki Topalovic Maratonci Isidora Zebeljan, Zamar Legende Peter-Jan Wagemans, Ricardo Laika Martijn Padding, Casella La Commedia and Pope Innocenzo XI Theatre of the World Louis Andriessen. Dutch national press unanimously applauded him for this latter role, being “a distinctively formidable Pope, touching and brilliant”. Los Angeles Philharmonic released a double CD of the production on the Nonesuch label in autumn 2017 which was nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018 in the category opera.

Marcel Beekman has worked at Dutch National Opera, Theater an der Wien, Opéra Comique de Paris, Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Salzburger Festspiele, Bregenzer Festspiele, Opéra de Dijon, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Holland Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall New York with directors Robert Carsen, Barrie Kosky, Pierre Audi, Ivo van Hove, Claus Guth, Jean-Yves Ruf, Stefan Herheim, Tatjana Gürbaca [the press referred to Beekman’s Mime in her Vienna Ring-Trilogie of 2017 as “ausgezeichnet“, “mit schnarrendem Tenor ein genial winselnder Mime“, “ungemein wortdeutlich“, “ein köstlich-keifender Mime“ and “il flessuosissimo tenore olandese Marcel Beekman risplende in una parte più che controversa, indossando la kippah“], Hal Hartley, Nicola Raab, Jan Lauwers, Marcel Sijm and Krzysztof Warlikowski. The latter staged DNO’s 2017 production of Wozzeck in which Beekman’s interpretation of Der Hauptmann was described internationally as excellent and outstanding; sadistic and maniacal as well as “eccezionale” and “absolument unique”. The TV-registration of this production was released on DVD recently.

The 2019/20 season opened with Offenbach’s Orphée aux Enfers in the Salzburg Festival in which Marcel Beekman performed the roles of Aristée and Pluton. “Pour l’union du mot et de la note, c’est à Marcel Beekman que revient la palme, Pluton parfaitement idiomatique, voguant d’un pas léger sur les hauteurs où le mène son ténor stratosphérique” wrote Diapason Magazine, and [according to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung] “Der Pluto des brillant singenden Tenors Marcel Beekman, der mit Koloraturen der Königin der Nacht eine virtuose Falsett-Einlage bietet.” Upcoming events include the world première of Liknon by Greek composer Calliope Tsoupaki, a European tour with William Christie to celebrate 40 years of Les Arts Florissants, the new opera Voyage vers l’espoir by Christian Jost in a first series of performances at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, a staged Carmina Burana at the Opéra de Montpellier and concert performances throughout The Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
 
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