Jules Schaap, tenor
“I was really moved, especially by Jules’ attention to text. I hear him very much as a recital person, because of this reason, and because of the intensity he has while singing, which is very compelling!”
Jules Schaap started out at the Alkmaar Conservatorium and continued his musical education as a first study singer at The Hague Royal Conservatorium under the guidance of Herman Woltman and followed interpretation lessons with Meinard Kraak. At the same time he followed a Baroque and Renaissance course with Marius van Altena and Rebecca Stewart. He also pursued his interest in the works of Schoenberg and his contemporaries. He has taken part in various masterclasses with, among others, Nigel Rogers, Elisabeth Söderstrom and David Wilson-Johnson.
After graduating he undertook private lessons with Herman Woltman and Erna Spoorenberg as well as Kurt Equiluz in Vienna. Now Jón Thorsteinsson is his vocal coach.
Jules Schaap has worked with the Groot Omroepkoor (Dutch Radiochoir), Nederlands Kamerkoor (Netherlands Chamberchoir), Cappella Amsterdam and with the chorus of the Nationale Reisopera. He now works freelance in the chorus of the Dutch National Opera where he has worked with: Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Hartmut Haenchen, Daniel Reuss, Peter Eötvös, Frans Brüggen, Ingo Metzmacher, Philip Herrewege, Ed Spanjaard, Carlo Rizzi, Ricardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons, Marc Albrecht, Marc Minkowski and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
He is also in demand as a soloist in works from the renaissance to the modern day, as well as giving recitals.
His repertoire includes the Bach Passions and Cantatas. He is regularly to be heard in works from Schütz to Arvo Pärt, including for example Händel, Haydn and Mendelssohn, at home and abroad.