|Education||Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam|
|Organization||Hochschule für Musik Saar|
Johannette Zomer is a Dutch classical concert and opera soprano.
After having worked as a microbiology technician, Johannette Zomer shifted gears in 1990 and studied voice at the Sweelinck Conservatory Amsterdam in Amsterdam with Charles van Tassel, where she received her Performance Diploma in 1997.
As a Baroque specialist,she has worked with Frans Brüggen, Reinhard Goebel, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Sigiswald Kuijken, Paul McCreesh and Jos van Veldhoven. She took part in the project of Ton Koopman to record the complete vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir and is engaged also in the ongoing project Dieterich Buxtehude – Opera Omnia to record the complete works of Dieterich Buxtehude. She has also collaborated with the ensemble Florilegium.
As a recitalists she has performed with the pianist Bart van de Roer, the fortepiano specialist Arthur Schoonderwoerd and the theorbo player Fred Jacobs.
She has appeared on the opera stage since 1996 as Pamina in Mozart's The Magic Flute , as Euridice both in Monteverdi’s L'Orfeo and Haydn’s L'anima del filosofo , and as Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande .
In 2007 she performed at the Tanglewood Festival Bach's Mass in B Minor with the Netherlands Bach Society, conducted by Jos van Veldhoven.
Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish-German organist and composer of the Baroque period. His organ works represent a central part of the standard organ repertoire and are frequently performed at recitals and in church services. He composed in a wide variety of vocal and instrumental idioms, and his style strongly influenced many composers, including Johann Sebastian Bach. Today, Buxtehude is considered one of the most important composers in Germany of the mid-Baroque.
Antonius Gerhardus Michael (Ton) Koopman is a Dutch conductor, organist and harpsichordist. He is also professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. In April 2003 he was knighted in the Netherlands, receiving the Order of the Netherlands Lion.
Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75, is a cycle of seven cantatas composed by Dieterich Buxtehude in 1680, and dedicated to Gustaf Düben. The full Latin title Membra Jesu nostri patientis sanctissima translates to "The most holy limbs of our suffering Jesus". This work is known as the first Lutheran oratorio. The main text are stanzas from the Medieval hymn Salve mundi salutare – also known as the Rhythmica oratio – a poem formerly ascribed to Bernard of Clairvaux, but now thought more likely to have been written by Medieval poet Arnulf of Leuven. It is divided into seven parts, each addressed to a different part of Christ's crucified body: feet, knees, hands, sides, breast, heart, and face. In each part, biblical words referring to the limbs frame verses of the poem.
Daniel Taylor is a Canadian countertenor and early music specialist.
The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir is a Dutch early-music group based in Amsterdam.
Jos van Veldhoven is a Dutch choral conductor. He studied musicology at the Rijksuniversiteit of Utrecht, and choral and orchestral conducting at the Royal Conservatory, the Hague. He was artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society from 1983-2018.
In this capacity he regularly gave performances at home and abroad of the major works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his predecessors and contemporaries. In addition he has been the director since 1976 of the Utrechts Barok Consort, which he founded. He has made a great number of radio, television, and CD recordings with his ensembles, and he has appeared in festivals in the Netherlands, many countries in Western Europe, the United States, and Japan.
Robin Blaze is an English countertenor.
Matthew White is a Canadian countertenor.
Klaus Mertens is a German bass and bass-baritone singer who is known especially for his interpretation of the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach for bass voice.
Bogna Bartosz is a Polish classical mezzo-soprano and alto.
Caroline Stam is a Dutch classical soprano who has an international (European) performing career specializing in baroque repertoire, reinforced by a distinguished presence in modern recordings.
Jörg Dürmüller is a Swiss classical tenor in concert and opera.
Andreas Karasiak is a German classical tenor in opera and concert.
Dieterich Buxtehude – Opera Omnia is a project to record the complete works of the German Baroque composer Dieterich Buxtehude, completed in October 2014 and released on Challenge Records.
Dorothee Mields is a German soprano concert singer of Baroque and contemporary music.
Jan Kobow is a German classical tenor in concert, Lied, and Baroque opera.
Siri Karoline Thornhill is a Norwegian classical soprano for concert and opera, known for singing music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Patrick Van Goethem is a Belgian countertenor, known for performing early music.
The Netherlands Bach Society is the oldest ensemble for Baroque music in the Netherlands, and possibly in the world. The ensemble was founded in 1921 in Naarden to perform Bach's St Matthew Passion on Good Friday and has performed the work annually since then in the Grote of Sint-Vituskerk. From 1983 until 2018, Jos van Veldhoven was artistic director and conductor. On May 11 in 2017, Shunsuke Sato was appointed as artistic director of the Netherlands Bach Society, beginning from June 1, 2018.
Marius van Altena, born Marius Hendrikus Schweppe is a Dutch tenor. He was one of the pioneers of historically informed performance of Baroque and Renaissance music. He has also sung Baroque opera, worked as conductor and as an academic teacher.