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Elise Caluwaerts - Coloratura Soprano

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Elise Caluwaerts - Coloratura Soprano

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Thanks to her versatility and captivating personality, coloratura soprano Elise Caluwaerts has grown into a renowned soloist both in Belgium and abroad. Elise Caluwaerts began her singing career as a baroque singer, and later expanded her repertoire to the romantic and contemporary genre. Her love for challenging repertoire – ranging from opera to multidisciplinary projects – led to various creations and remarkable collaborations with internationally renowned composers and ensembles. During the Sydney Festival 2016, she sang the highly acclaimed role of Lei in Pascal Dusapin’s chamber opera Passion

"Belgian coloratura soprano Elise Caluwaerts impressed with her supple sense of line and strength, displaying a soaring, pure-toned top register and richly coloured lower register." (The Australian, reviewing Passion at the Sydney Festival 2016)

Furthermore, she released an album with spectacular coloratura repertoire with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in December 2016. For 2017, Elise is looking forward to her role as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Shanghai in May 2017, together with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra directed by David Stern. Later that year Elise will be in residence at the Center for Contemporary Opera in New York with Pascal Dusapin’s chamber opera Passion (October 2017). 

Elise Caluwaerts Soprano


Elise Caluwaerts simultaneously studied at the conservatories of Antwerp with Lucienne Van Deyck (classical singing) and Brussels (early music), followed by the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she graduated Cum Laude in 2006 with Diane Forlano. She took master classes with Peter Kooij, Elly Ameling, David Wilson Johnson, Jozef De Beenhouwer and Gemma Visser. Franco Farina is her present coach.As an opera soloist, Elise sang the role of Lei in Pascal Dusapin’s Passion (Sydney Festival 2016), Jenny in Kurt Weill’s Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Volkstheater Rostock), Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Belinda in Dido and Aeneas, Angelica in Orlando Furioso, Ariel in The Tempest, the leading role in Venus and Adonis and Arianna in Drift (an adaptation of Monteverdi’s L’Arianna). For many years, she had a close cooperation with director Wouter Van Looy in different international scenic projects for Music Theatre Transparant, including the applauded production The Queen without Country at the Oerol Festival in 2015. In concert productions, she has worked with conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Philippe Herreweghe, Jordi Savall, Reinbert De Leeuw, Emmanuelle Haim, Fernando Lozano, Facundo Agudin, Gabriel Garrido and Robin Engels and with ensembles such as Collegium Vocale, Oxalys, Ictus, Ensemble Phoenix Munich and Musiques Nouvelles. Elise has a special interest in contemporary and multidisciplinary projects and has interpreted various extreme compositions such as Know what is above you by Steve Reich and Louis Andriessen's De Staat. She sang the world premieres of operas by Wim Hendrickx (Zurich) and Nicholas Lens (Beijing). In 2015 she sang one of the leading roles in Elle est Moi und Töte Mich, specifically written for her voice by Joris Blanckaert. As an actress, singer and dancer (Elise followed years of classical dance training), she appeared in art films by Hans Op de Beeck and Gabriela Hernandez and in various performances with designer Kim Stumpf during Paris Fashion week in 2011 and with video artist collective Glowing Bulbs during Aurora 2015 in Dallas.

Rooted in her passion for the song repertoire, Elise forms a much sought duo with pianist Kim Van den Brempt for over ten years, culminating in 2014 with the release of their first album Nightfall, with works by Strauss, Berg and Eisler.



  • Jenny in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny – Kurt Weill
  • Zerlina in Don Giovanni – W.A. Mozart
  • Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute – W.A. Mozart
  • Pamina in The Magic Flute – W.A. Mozart
  • Semele in Semele – G.F. Haendel
  • Belinda in Dido and Aeneas – Henry Purcell
  • Fairy Queen – Henry Purcell
  • Venus in Venus and Adonis - Blow
  • Void – Wim Henderickx
  • The Wandering Womb – Joris Blanckaert
  • Romy in Elle est moi und Töte mich –  Joris Blanckaert


  • Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille – Offenbach
  • Ou va la jeune Indoue – Delibes
  • Belcanto arias from la Traviata, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi etc.


  • Requiem – Brahms
  • Requiem – Faure
  • Requiem – Mozart
  • Messe en do mineur – Mozart
  • Stabat Mater – Rossini
  • Stabat Mater – Pergolesi
  • Elias – Mendelssohn
  • Die Schoepfung – Haydn
  • Messiah – Haendel
  • Ich Habe Genug –  Bach
  • Matthaeus Passion – Bach
  • Johannes Passion – Bach
  • Vespers – Monteverdi
  • Various sacred arias by Haydn and Mozart
  • De Staat – Louis Andriessen
  • Annelies –  Whitbourn
  • Elusive Times – Wim Henderickx


  • Viljalied –  Lear
  • Du sollst der Kaiser meine Seele sein – Stolz
  • Klaenge der Heimat – Strauss
  • Spiel mir das Lied von Glück und Treu – Dostal


  • 4 Letzte Lieder –  Strauss




  • Histoires Naturelles – Maurice Ravel
  • Siete Canciones populares Espanol – Manuel De Falla
  • Fiançailles pour rire – Francis Poulenc
  • La maya dolorosa – Granados
  • Chansons (Je te veux | La diva de l'empire | Ludions | … ) – Erik Satie
  • Siempre en mi corazon – Lecuona
  • Chansons (Youkali | Je ne t’aime pas | Complainte de la Seine | … ) – KurtWeill
  • Chansons (Les chemins de l’amour – Francis Poulenc
  • 7 Chansons opus 2 – Ernest Chausson
  • Chansons (Invitation au voyage | Chanson triste | Extase | … ) – Henri Duparc
  • Liederkreis opus 39 – Robert Schumann
  • Fünf Elegien – Hanss Eisler
  • Hollywoord Elegien – Hanss Eisler
  • Erinnerung an Eichendorf und Schumann – Hanss Eisler
  • Sieben frühe Lieder – Alban Berg
  • Lieder (Allerseelen | Morgen | Zueignung | … ) – Richard Strauss