Christianne Stotijn


Mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn, a native of Delft, completed her solo violin studies in 2000, after which she followed an intensive vocal course with Udo Reinemann at the Amsterdam Conservatory. She furthered her vocal studies with Jard van Nes, Noelle Barker and Dame Janet Baker. Over the years Christianne has won numerous awards, including the prestigious ECHO Rising Stars Award 2005/2006, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2005, and the Nederlands Muziekprijs in 2008. Additionally she was selected as BBC New Generation Artist in 2007.

Christianne Stotijn is a passionate interpreter of art songs. Accompanied by pianists Joseph Breinl and Julius Drake, with whom she has a longstanding duo partnership, she performs regularly in the world’s leading concert venues, including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw’s Main Hall and Recital Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Carnegie Hall in New York, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Kennedy Center in Washington and Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. Christianne made her Berlin Philharmonie debut in a performance of Schoenberg’s Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten, accompanied by pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

The conductor Bernard Haitink has had a profound influence on Christianne Stotijn’s career. After successful performances of Mahler’s Ruckert Lieder with the Orchestre National de France and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink invited her to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 at the BBC Proms, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Lucerne Festival, the Ruckert Lieder with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Matthäus-Passion with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Das Lied von der Erde with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Christianne has also worked with world-class conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Jurowski, Ivan Fischer, Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jaap van Zweden, Marc Minkowski, René Jacobs, Charles Dutoit and Andris Nelsons, and orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

Christianne Stotijn also appears regularly on the stage. She has sung the role of Pauline in Pique Dame at the Paris Opera, Ottavia in Poppea at the Nederlandse Opera and Cornelia in Giulio Cesare at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and De Nederlandse Opera. Christianne sang the title role in Tamerlano at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and Ottavia in Poppea at the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo and the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao. She has worked with opera directors including Graham Vick, Emilio Sagi, Pierre Audi and Ursel and Karl-Ernst Herrmann.

Christianne Stotijn released several recordings on the Onyx label. In 2010 her recording of Tchaikovsky songs received the BBC Music Magazine Award. For the MDG label Christianne recorded a work close to her heart: Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke by Frank Martin. This recording earned her the ECHO Award ‘Liedeinspielung des Jahres 2008’. Christianne  recently signed with Warner Classics, and releases her first album for them - If the Owl Calls Again -in November 2014.

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Gustav Mahler

Das Lied von der Erde

London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding, Barbican

"...“The Farewell” has the mezzo and orchestra lead the audience on a journey from the darkest despair to the sublimation of life into the beauty of nature, and Stotijn engaged totally with the text’s character. With an admirable range of colours in her voice, by the last, repeated “Ewig” (“forever”) Stotijn’s total commitment and dramatic intensity had completely won me over." George Slater-Walker, Bachtrack, 22 November 2013

Tom Ades

BBC Prom - Totentanz

Royal Albert Hall

"He [Simon Keenlyside] was almost outdone however by Christianne Stotijn, whose still-growing range of vocal colours and power created a constantly metamorphosing play of sound and character."  The Arts Desk, 18 July 2013
"It makes huge demands on the baritone and mezzo-soprano who must carry the drama and hold their own against the percussion-heavy orchestra, but in Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn Tom Ades had struck gold: both made utterly convincing sense of their daunting melodic lines, often in grotesque duet: Keenlyside’s suggesting giant inexorability, and Stotijn’s a nightmarish torment." Michael Church, The Independent, 18 July 2013
"Stotijn found a remarkable range of colours and moods to convey the various human ‘voices’, complemented by an ever-changing orchestral landscape - for example, lyrical gesturing from the violins accompanies the Pope’s submission" Opera Today, 19 July 2013

BBC Music Magazine, May 2013


Wagner and Berg

Wesendonck Lieder, Berg Four Songs

Ojai Festival, USA

"Meanwhile the most effective performance by Stotijn was of Berg's neglected Four Songs, Opus 2."

LA Times, June 2012

"Another popular performer brought the audience to its feet in the second half of the morning concert, when mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn delivered a group of "Cabaret Songs" set in rousing period mode by William Bolcom, with lyrics by the late Arnold Weinstein."

Ventura Star, June 2012

"The mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn sang the Wagner songs with glowing voice and deep sensitivity, supported by the excellent Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Mr. Tonnesen."

The New York Times, June 2012


Songs and Dances of Death

Amsterdam Sinfonietta

"This allowed for the real star of the evening, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn to become the focal point. Stotijn is an incredible singer: her voice is clear, warm and powerful and her stage presence is mesmerizing. But what made this performance memorable was her understanding and execution of the songs. In the first song, ‘Lullaby’, Stotijn demonstrated the different characters, the mother and Death, with intonation and body language, and she continued this throughout the song cycle. This meant that even for someone who does not understand a word of Russian, it is entirely clear what the songs mean and what is going on. Mussorgsky’s figure of Death has many different faces; he is seductive, soothing, aggressive, even joyful – and all of these elements were present in Stotijn’s performance.", April 2012


Tristan und Isolde - Brangane

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

"Christianne Stotijn was Brangäne, carefully characterised, with lovely inflections in the voice that chimed with the dilemma in which she is after all instrumental in creating."

ClassicalSource, March 2012


Recital with Mark Padmore and Julius Drake

Wigmore Hall, London

"Christianne Stotijn was a suitably seductive Zefka, and Julius Drake provided superbly dramatic accompaniment. Stotijn began the evening with a heartfelt performance of Schumann’s Liederkreis Op. 39, at times recalling Janet Baker in her directness and sensitivity."

OMH review, October 2011


Recital with Julius Drake

Wigmore Hall, London

"Stotijn kept a commanding presence even – especially – when singing quietly, a quality that made ‘Hamlet’s dialogue with his conscience’ completely captivating...“None but the lonely heart”, Tchaikovsky's most popular song, was beautifully performed, stretching its sense of longing, while the powerfully wrought “Why?” doubled back on itself with a strangely ruminative coda. “My Genius, My Angel, My Friend” found her eschewing all vibrato for a striking closing verse, while in the glorious “Whither the day reigns”, Stotijn cast off all inhibitions, filling the hall with song. Her exuberance extended to the first of two Tchaikovsky encores, “The Cuckoo”. Here she charmingly inhabited the characters, introduced in an amusing synopsis by Julius Drake, while “How fair this spot” found her indulging us in a self-proclaimed favourite of the composer.", February 2011


Edinburgh Festival Recital with Joseph Breinl

Edinburgh International Festival

"Triumph she did. Christianne Stotijn’s was a benchmark Queen’s Hall recital from which Handel was excluded and the morning was devoted to a compelling combination of Strauss and Schoenberg...Stotijn’s soft-edged but always luminous, deeply-felt singing had sprinkled beauty, and the finest sense of phrasing and colour, on everything she touched, each line shot through with the gleaming responsiveness of Joseph Breinl’s piano playing.These qualities also distinguished the succinct passion of the 15 songs that form Schoenberg’s momentous Book of the Hanging Gardens, not least because Breinl’s accompaniments, particularly the postlude to the 14th song, were models of articulacy. Among the encores, Strauss’s Morgen had surely been hopefully awaited by the audience. It was exquisitely sustained.
Star rating: *****"

heraldscotland, August 2010
"In music where the composer's own emotional turmoil is never far away, Stotijn and Breinl brought engaging integrity to these meaningful settings.", August 2010


'Tchaikovsky Romances' CD with Julius Drake

Julius Drake


"Vocal: Christianne Stotijn & Julius Drake

Tchaikovsky: Romances (Onyx)

The Dutch mezzo-soprano is best known for her interpretation of Mahler, both in recital and in highly-acclaimed performances conducted by Bernard Haitink, whose protégé she has been. Christianne Stotjin was a BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of a Borletti Buitoni Trust Award (2005).

'Christianne Stotijn is that artist in a thousand whose personality shines through everything she does."

Bristol Magazine, April 2010, BBC Music Magazine Awards


Das lied von der Erde

London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Haitink

"This Mahler performance was yet another chance for Haitink to work with his protégée, the Dutch mezzo Christianne Stotijn...As The Lonely One in Autumn she sat rapt, visualising the scene until imagination was fleshed out in the simplest of song. And she was minutely sensitive to each orchestral soloist: her duetting with the principal flute, threading each word through the melodic line, created a muted and sensuous yearning in the final Abschied that will remain long in the memory."

The Times, October 2009, London Symphony Orchestra / Bernard Haitink


Symphony no. 2

London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski

"The one touch of transcendence came at the start of Urlicht, which Christianne Stotijn sang with clairvoyant grace."
Financial Times, September 2009
"The protracted pace of Jurowski's fourth movement allowed the mezzo soloist, Christianne Stotijn, to linger rapturously over Urlicht"

Evening Standard, September 2009
"Then, with the Scherzo's final gong-stroke still vibrating on the air, mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn's voice stole in with a folk poem about heaven. This was a brilliant stroke, which suggested that the murky, trivial aspects of life and the transcendent are separated by only a hair's breadth – an idea of which Mahler would surely have approved."

Telegraph, September 2009



If the Owl Calls Again

Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano) 
Joseph Breinl (piano)
Tamestit (viola)
Rick Stotijn, Toon Fret, Olivier Boekhoorn and the Oxalys Ensemble

From works by Martin, Ravel and Mussorgsky, to a world premiere by Dutch composer Fant de Kanter
Warner Classics

Tchaikovsky Romances

Christianne Stotijn performs Tchaikovsky songs, accompanied by Julius Drake.

Catalogue No: ONYX4034

BBC Music Magazine Award Winning CD.