The Belgian soprano Irene Carpentier is a sought-after concert and oratorio singer. Her repertoire is exceptionally versatile. It includes not only the large, well-known repertoire of J. S. Bach, V. Bellini, J. Brahms, G.F. Händel, J. Haydn, G. Fauré, W.A. Mozart, G.B. Pergolesi, G. Rossini, F. Schubert, A. Vivaldi and others, but also rarely performed works and premieres.
In addition to her great passion for the sacred repertoire, Irene Carpentier also inspires audiences with moving interpretations of her lied- and opera repertoire. She regularly performs in recitals and has worked in productions of Muziektheater Transparant, the Flemish Opera, Les Ballets C de la B and Ensemble Leporello.
The soprano loves to inspire children with classical music. Among other things, she has created Gretel the whitch, an opera for children aged 8 and over, as part of her own production house in collaboration with the Flemish opera . In that production she sang the role of Gretel.
As an ensemble singer she also sings with the Flemish Radio Choir (Brussels), the WDR Radio Choir (Cologne) and Studium Chorale (Maastricht).
She has worked with renowned conductors and musicians such as Frank Agsteribbe, Nicolas Achten, Peter Eötvös, Nicolas Fink, Thomas Hengelbrock, Graham Johnson, Dimitri Liss, Filip Rathé, Pietro Rizzo, Jos Van Veldhoven & Jan Vuye. She has been heard in churches, concert halls and theatres throughout Europe, e.g. in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Dom in Cologne, Thomaskirche Leipzig, KVS Brussel, Sint-Salvatorkathedraal Brugge, Stadtschouwburg Amsterdam, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Opéra de Marseille, Tramway Glasgow, South Bank Centre London, Teatro Alhambra Granada, Teatro Central Sevilla, Ridehuset Århus & Oslo Konzerthus.
In addition to singing, the artist has been accompanying her own singing students with great enthusiasm since 2007. In her teaching practice, she stresses the importance of a physiologically healthy vocal technique. She has been writing about this very topic in her dissertation at the University of Siegen since 2019.
Irene Carpentier obtained her Master of Music at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp with Bernadette Degelin and Stephanie Friede. At the same time she studied voice pedagogy at that same conservatory. She then studied at the Flemish Opera Studio in Gent and obtained a further Master's degree from the Fontys Hochschule für Künste Tilburg (NL) under Xenia Meijer. For her studies she received scholarships from Stichting Robus and Tivoli Fonds.
She received additional important musical impulses from A. Rolfe Johnson, G. Johnson, B. Bonney, A. Murray, R. Invernizzi, M. Koningsberger, V. Guillorit, P. Triepels and J. Zomer. Today she is artistically supported by Judith Lindenbaum.
Grietje de heks Photography: Kurt Van der Elst