Veerle Sanders is a (high) mezzo-soprano from the Netherlands, also known as a voice 'Zwischenfach'. As a young girl singing was Veerle's passion, just like dancing and acting. A combination of these three soon resulted in the role of narrator in the musical 'Joseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoat', directed by Mark van Haasteren.
In 2009 Veerle was granted to the Music Theatre education at the Conservatory Tilburg. During this period she played in musical productions like 'The Secret Garden', 'Jekyl and Hyde' (Emma and Lucy) and 'De Spooktrein' (Julia). Towards graduation her love for Opera became evident. This resulted in a role of 'Macbeth' Verdi (Dama and 2nd witch) directed by Corina van Eijck (opera Spanga) and the Operette 'Trial By Jury' (Plaintff). She worked intensively with Choreographer Barry Stevens. In the same period Veerle also obtained her teaching certificate.
In 2013 Veerle finished her bachelor degree and graduated with great help of her singing teacher Edward Hoepelman. Therefore she rewrote the theatre piece 'Masterclass'. This was about the life of Maria Callas. In May 2015 she finished her Master degree 'Music Theatre Classical' cum laude.
In the summer of 2013 Veerle participated in a masterclass of Miranda van Kralingen at the 'Orlando Festival' in Kerkrade. After this she became part of Opera Zuid, a operahouse focusing on young upcoming talents. So far Veerle participated in several plays like 'Carmen' (G. Bizet), 'Jenny' in 'Wie is Loesje?', 'Sound of musical' in collaboration with the NNO (North Dutch Orchestra), Flora (Traviata), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Tisbe (La Cenerentola) and Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro).
In the production ‘Karousel’ from Bierens Productions, she sung ‘You never walk alone’ (Carousel) she played ‘Anna’ (The King and I) and ‘the Sound of Music’.
The North Dutch Orchestra (NNO) reclaimed Veerle as a solist in several concerts for their classical musical repertoire.
January 2016 she performed as a solist for the EU Commission in The Flagey Hall (Bruxelles).
Veerle worked with language coaches Valentina di Taranto, Trille Bedarrides, singers Miranda van Kralingen, Paul Triepels, directors Floris Visser, Hans Nieuwenhuis, Lotte de Beer, Leopold Witte, Geert Lageveen, Frank van Laecke, Sybrand van der Werf, Waut Koeken, Daniel van Klaveren, Marc Krone and with pianist Peter Nilsson.
She sung in the production 'The New Prince' of The National Opera directed by Lotte de Beer.
At this moment she makes her role debut as ‘Berta’ in Rossini’s Opera ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’.
In the winter of 2017 she sings in ‘ZeemeerminXS’, a production of Holland Opera.
In 2018 she will be a performing soloist in the following productions of the opera company 'The Fat Lady'.
"Discovery of the evening however is Veerle Sanders. Singing the sole aria her character Berta may perform, she creates the desire for a Rosina sung by her."
"Veerle is very engaging as Cherubino."
"Stefan Stoll as Bartolo, Marcel van Dieren as Basilio and Veerle Sanders as Berta also deliver fine performances. The closing of the first act is particularly memorable."
"The singers act with dedication and sing remarkably well."
Review theaterkrant (Dutch) Performance 'Meermeisje' Holland Opera
‘Meermeisjes zussen, die in de voorstelling behendig dubbelen als strandmeisjes én de driekoppige heks, krijgen avontuurlijker noten en worden overtuigend gespeeld en gezongen door Kelly Poukens, Florien Hilgenkamp en Veerle Sanders. Indrukwekkend is daarbij de begeleiding door het Ragazze Quartet, op het hele podium spelend zonder partituur.’
Review NRC (Dutch) 'Meermeisje' Holland Opera
'De samenzang van de zeedochters doet denken aan Wagners Rheingold, waaraan ook de kabbelende klanken van het goed spelende Ragazze Kwartet bijdragen.'
- ‘Cherubino’ in ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ (Mozart) *recent
- ‘Berta’ in ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’ (Rossini) *recent
- ‘Tisbe’ in ‘La Cenerentola’ (Rossini)
- ‘Flora’ in ‘La Traviata’ (Verdi)
- ‘Ida’ in ‘Die Fledermaus’ (J.Strauss)
- ‘Dama’ in ‘MacBeth’ (Verdi)
- ‘2nd Witch’ in ‘MacBeth’ (Verdi)
- ‘Maddalena’ in ‘Rigoletto’ (Verdi)
- 'Dame 2' in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
ROLES IN PROGRESS
- 'Dido' in 'Dido & Aeneas' (Purcell)
- ‘Siebel’ in ‘Faust’ (Gounod)
- ‘Orlofsky’ in ‘Die Fledermaus’ (J.Strauss)
- ‘Ruggiero’ in ‘Alcina’ (Händel)
- 'Sesto' in La Clemenza D Tito (Mozart)
- 'Sesto' in Giulio Cesare (Händel)
- 'Der Componist' in Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss)
- 'Dinah' in Trouble in Tahiti (Bernstein)