BiographyHans Voschezang was born in The Hague and studied voice at the Utrecht Conservatory and subsequently at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He studied with renowned teachers including Henny Diemer and Rudolf Piernay. During his studies Hans Voschezang took part in various productions and sang opera roles, which include Argante in Handel's Rinaldo and the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi.
Hans Voschezang was a Schicchi in the Gobbi mould, lively, witty, charming, vocally ample and resourceful, and in a way perhaps even more winning, because less 'seasoned' and sure, than Gobbi was.
(OPERA, May 2000)
The voice that stood out was that of Hans Voschezang… who took the title role with immense aplomb, making it all told the most enjoyable performance of Puccini's brilliant comedy that I have ever seen or heard. Voschezang carried off the performance with a confidence and glamour that show he has a most promising future.
(THE SPECTATOR, March 25 2000)
Since graduating in 2000, Hans has won several prizes in international competitions, including the 'sHertogenbosch International Vocal Competition. In 2002, Hans Voschezang made his international debut at the Liceu in Barcelona in Saint Saëns' Henry VIII as the Duke of Norfolk alongside Montserrat Caballé. That same year, he performed at the Glyndebourne Festival as Morales in Carmen with Anne Sofie von Otter as Carmen. This production was broadcast and subsequently released as a DVD (BBC/Opus/Arte). Engagements followed in the 2003/2004 season with the Opera National de Lyon, singing the role of Village in the World Premiere of Michael Levinas' Les Nègres, with a libretto based on Genet's play. This production was also performed at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (with CD recording/AEON).
Hail to the performance of Dutch baritone Hans Voschezang, Village...
(LE FIGARO 25 januari 2004)
Lyons has put on an utterly professional show... The singing and acting is exceptional, particularly Hans Voschezang's Village
(FINANCIAL TIMES 22 januari 2004)
In addition, Hans has sung the roles of Junius in The Rape of Lucretia, of Robert in Verdi's Les Vêpres siciliennes for a concert series in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro with the European Camarata in Amsterdam and Brussels.
Triple winner of last year's International Vocalists Competition in 's Hertogenbosch, Baritone Hans Voschezang showed us a dramatically very convincing opportunistic skirt chaser
(NRC HANDELSBLAD, 9 July 2001)
His most recent roles include Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Dutch-Surinamese bariton Hans Voschezang as the barber is the ultimate Barbie-hero Figaro, decked out in a purple-red leather outfit topped with a hairdo that is a cross-between Lee Towers and Elvis Presley. Great voice, strong in the high notes and perfect Italian diction.
(het FINANCIEELE DAGBLAD, 21 January 2006).
For Opera Zuid, he sang the role of Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles.
Zurga is a fantastic role for the youthful Hans Voschezang. Endowed with a great voice and capacity for charismatic acting, he shows us the full range of emotions that Zurga is dealing with in the short time span when Nadir threatens to leave with Léïla.
(TROUW, 22 May 2006)
Hans Voschezang as Zurga is Nadir's competitor; a baritone with an alluring, convincing voice and even stronger stage presence.
(NRC HANDELSBALD, 22 May 2006)
Dutch-Surinam baritone Hans Voschezang is a convincing Zurga with piercing eyes and a delicious torso.
(DE VOLKSKRANT, 22 May 2006)
In addition to his operatic career, Hans Voschezang is a busy and many-faceted concert and Lieder singer. He has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Hanover Band, the Brabants Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music. His repertoire includes Bach's Passions, Handel's Oratorios, Mendelssohn's Elijah and many of Mahler's Lieder.