" so eine wunderschöne Stimme!" Kammersängerin Christa Ludwig

Season 2018-2019

  • Honouring Ross Edwards' 75th Birthday in Melbourne and Sydney
With recitals in Melbourne and Sydney with some of the finest musicians in Australia, Simone Riksman will present a program with English, American and Australian songs, gathered around the theme 'Five Senses', as is the cycle named by Ross Edwards, who has asked her to perform this cycle for his Birthday Series of Concerts honouring his 75th Birthday this year. 

The ABC has invited her and Bernadette Harvey then to do a studio recording of this cycle, as to be broadcasted nationally.

Melbourne 16th of September
With: Calvin Bowman - composer - pianist 

Sydney 20th of October
With: Bernadette Harvey - pianist

  • Centenary performances of the Diggers Requiem
After the overwhelming success of the première in Amiens earlier this year, the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs has decided to support a tour of the Diggers Requiem on a somewhat smaller scale.  
Melbourne 26th of September 
Sydney 27th of September.

The full orchestra and choir version with 8 International and National soloists however will be performed and recorded in Llewellyn Hall, 
Canberra on the 6th of October.

Th Flowers of War website contains more detailed information about the piece and its performers: Diggers Requiem.

Season 2017-2018

  • Doelen Kwartet Anniversary Celebration Marathon
The establishes Doelen Stringquartet celebrates their 25th Anniversary with three concerts on one day, played in the Doelen's splendid Recital Hall, the Jurriaanse Zaal. Simone Riksman will be joining them in two out of the three concerts: A world premiere of Metamorphosen by Dutch composer Hans Koolmees, consisting of Golven - Vuur - Rozen and a reprise of their successful staged Janacek program, with the two String Quartets, letters and Moravian Folksongs. Anniversary Concert 24th September 2017

  • The Healers - Flowers of War in Australia and France
A pocket opera about the role of Red Cross Nurses in WWI with performances in The High Court in Canberra, Australia and in historically connected venues in the North of France, accompanied by the Orchestre de Picardie, Amiens. Flowers of War - The Healers October 2017

  • Norway - Grieg - Hardanger Fiddle
Simone Riksman will take part in a concert celebrating Grieg's music, whilst exploring the influence of Norway's folk music and the Hardanger Fiddle on his music! The legendary Leif Rygg will be present, Birthe Blom and Mirsa Adami. Festival Hoorn 29th of October

  • Diggers Requiem - Flowers of War
Re-invited after the successful run of the Healers, Simone Riksman will join the Orchestre de Picardie in Amiens once more this season, performing alongside lustrous Australian performers as Christina Wilson, Paul Goodchild and many others. The Diggers Requiem includes the commissioned works of five leading contemporary Australian composers and recently discovered music composed in the battlefields of France during WW1. Simone Riksman will sing the works by Graeme Koehne and Ross Edwards.

  • Franz Marc - Flowers of War
Continuing her work for the Flowers of War organisation, Simone Riksman is to jump in for the production around Franz Marc, on the 6th of May in Lille, France.  More information to follow soon. 

  • Chausson - Ensemble Novalis
The International Chamber Music Festival in Cultura Limes has programmed a vast program of music by Chausson. Simone Riksman and Ensemble Novalis will be performing both Poème de l'amour et de la mer and Chanson perpétuelle for Piano Quintett. An exciting endeavour not to be missed! On the 20th of May in Limone sul Garda, Italy.


Season 2016-2017

  • Componistenportret Hans Koolmees
Met het Doelenkwartet treedt Simone Riksman op in het Orgelpark te Amsterdam. Op het programma staan Rozen, Golven, Ten Oorlog en Five Songs by John Dowland.
Going back to their renowned collaboration in the Janaçek programme, the Doelenkwartet and Simone Riksman will join forces again, this time for a concert performing Roses, Waves and 'Five Songs by John Dowland' by Dutch composer Hans Koolmees in the 'Orgelpark' in Amsterdam. 
14:15 uur; 28 February 

  • Sunrise and sunset in Italy
In Limone sul Garda hernieuwd een concert met Ensemble Novalis met werken van Richard Strauss en Respighi (Il Tramonto).
In Limone sul Garda, Italy Simone will work again with Ensemble Novalis and perform works by Richard Strauss and Respighi (Il Tramonto)

  • Opernball Leipzig
Met het Gewandhausorkest onder leiding van Anthony Bramall wordt het Bal geopend met Simone Riksman - Let's dance DUTCH!
With the Gewandhausorchestra, conducted by Anthony Bramall, the Opera Ball is opened by Simone Riksman - Let's dance DUTCH!
10 September

  • Lettera Amorosa by Manfred Trojahn
Wederom met het Doelenkwartet en Keren Motseri wordt in De Doelen het werk van de gevierde componist Manfred Trojahn uitgevoerd.
Together with the Doelenkwartet and soprano Keren Motseri this piece by the respected German composer will be performed in De Doelen Rotterdam.
23 October
  • Italienisches Liederbuch
Met Mattijs van de Woerd en regisseur Marc Pantus heeft Simone Riksman het idee opgevat het Italienisches Liederbuch licht geënsceneerd te presenteren. De pilot is op 10 maart in Splendor Amsterdam.

  • Stabat Mater van Pergolesi
Samen met Theresa Holzhauser en Ensemble Novalis twee uitvoeringen in Zwitserland: 01 April in Wolfhalden, 02 April in St Gallen, Katharinenforum.

  • Stabat Mater Pärt en Bach/Pergolesi
Met Carina Vinke, Erik Slik en het Nieuw Europees Ensemble voert Simone Riksman deze werken uit. Meer informatie is hier te vinden:

  • Hendrik Andriessen 125 jaar
Samen met Albert-Jan Roelofs presenteren we een concert met al het belangrijkste werk voor sopraan en orgel, waaronder Magna res est amor en de cyclus Miroir de peine. 6 mei in de Nieuwe Bavo, Leidsevaart te Haarlem.

Season 2015 - 2016

All performances are at 19.30 when not mentioned otherwise


  • Carmen - Micaela
Regie: Nicola Berloffa, Conductor: Attilio Tomasello

Wiederaufnahme 24 September
11, 19, 28 Oktober
13, 15 November

Season 2014 - 2015

  • Carmen - Micaela
Regie: Nicola Berloffa, Conductor: Modestas Pitrenas

October 25, 29
November 02 (14.30)
December 12, 23
February 13, 23
April 19
  • Gräfin Mariza - Lisa
Regie: Stefan Huber, Conductor: Stéphane Fromageot
December 20 (Première), 27
January 10, 14, 23, 25 (14.30)
March 10 
April 15, 26
May 10 (17.00)
  • I due Foscari - Pisana
Regie: Carlos Wagner, Conductor: Attilio Tomasello
June 19 (Première), 23, 26
July 01, 03

Season 2013 - 2014

  • Don Giovanni - Zerlina
Regie: Guy Joosten, Conductor: Otto Tausk
September 06 (Première), 29 (17.00)
October 06, 04 (14.30)
November 05, 15, 26
December 14
  • Ariadne auf Naxos - Echo
Regie: Aron Stiehl, Conductor: Otto Tausk
November 10, 1425, 
December 15 

  • Nacht in Venedig - Annina
Regie: Cusch Jung, Conductor: Vinzenz Praxmarer
December 27
January     25

  • Cunning Little Vixen - Vixen/Füchslein Schlaukopf
Regie: Nicola Raab, Cond: Attilio Tomasello
February 19 (Première 20.00), 21 (20.00)
March 01, 04, 08, 12, 14, (all at 20.00), 16 (17.00)
all performances of Cunning Little Vixen take place in LOK.

  • Canberra International Music Festival - Australia
May 7 till 18 
Performances with Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Bengt Forsberg, Elizabeth Wallfisch, the Wallfisch Band, Albert-Jan Roelofs and Roland Peelman. 
Music by Mozart, Granados, Poulenc, Debussy, Boulanger, Kuula, Sibelius, Brahms and Australian composers Peter Sculthorpe and Elena Kats-Chernin. 

Season 2012 - 2013

All performances are at 19.30 when not mentioned otherwise
  • Die Zauberflöte - Pamina
Regie: Bernd Mottl, Conductor: Jeremy Carnall
September 26 (Première), 30
November 01, 04 (17.00), 12
December 08, 29
  • La Wally - Walther
Regie: Guy Joosten, Conductor: Modestas Pitrenas
October 26, 28 (14.30)
November 14, 25 (14.30)
December 04
  • Nacht in Venedig - Annina
Regie: Cusch Jung, Conductor: Vinzenz Praxmarer
December 22 (Première), 31
January 05, 14, 20 (14.30), 22, 27
March 01
  • La Finta Giardiniera - Violetta/Sandrina
Regie: Lydia Steier, Conductor: Jeremy Carnall
February 02 (Première), 05, 08, 17 (14.30)
March 17 (14.30), 21
April 10, 16, 20
June 03
  • Un Ballo in Maschera - Oscar
Regie: Jim Lucassen, Conductor: Henrik Nánási

March 10 (17.00)15
April 081426

  • Ariadne auf Naxos - Echo
Regie: Aron Stiehl, Conductor: Otto Tausk
May 04 (Première)07182226 (14.30)31
June 02 (14.30)04

Season 2011 - 2012


  • 7th  Festspiele St Gallen, CH Mendelssohn 2nd Symphony "Lobgesang"
  • 17th  Mendelssohn and Respighi - Caldonazzo, Italy
  • 18th  Mendelssohn and Respighi - Gargnano, Italy
  • 25th  Start of rehearsals at DNO - Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam

  • Rehearsing Iphigenie en Tauride at DNO - Netherlands Opera, Amsterdam

  • 7th   Premiere Iphigenie en Tauride at Netherlands Opera Amsterdam
  • 10th Performance Iphigenie en Tauride
  • 14th Performance Iphigenie en Tauride
  • 16th Performance Iphigenie en Tauride
  • 18th Performance Iphigenie en Tauride
  • 20th Performance Iphigenie en Tauride
  • 22th Performance Iphigenie en Tauride

Theater Sankt Gallen - Switzerland:

  • Die Zauberflöte - Pamina
Regie: Bernd Mottl, Conductor: Jeremy Carnall
December 17,20, 23, 27
January 6,8,14,18,24,29
February 8
March 26
April 22
May 19,31
June 2
  • Un Ballo in Maschera - Oscar
Regie: Jim Lucassen, Conductor: Henrik Nánási
February 5,7
March 14,21
April 12
  • The Fairy Queen - Ree, Fee, Liebende, Brautmutter
Regie: Johannes Schmid, Conductor: Robert Howarth
March 10,13,18,25
April 13,15,28
May 1,13
June 6

  • Italienisches Liederbuch - Mattijs vd Woerd - baritone, David Bollen - piano
  • Festival Limone Sul Garda, Italy: Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann - Andrea Rucli - piano & Novalis Ensemble

  • St Galler Festspiele: Berlioz Lieder Project - Stéphane Fromageot - piano

Season 2009 - 2010


06        Recital French and American song - Jeroen Sarphati


01        Nationale Reisopera RAP Zauber Ohne Floete in Wageningen                
05        Nationale Reisopera RAP Zauber Ohne Floete in Assen                   
07        Nationale Reisopera RAP Zauber Ohne Floete in Den Haag                   
29        Cantate Bach in Den Haag with Residentie Bach Ensemble and in Leiden


01        Masterclass Susan Mc Culloch                                                               
03        Masterclass Susan McCulloch                                                              
18        Recital Clara Schumann in Den Haag - Rixt van der Kooi              
22        Recital Clara Schumann in Den Haag - Rixt van der Kooi                
26        Recital Clara Schumann in Leeuwarden - Rixt v.d. Kooi


04        Requiem Lotti in Oude kerk, Voorburg                                                
15        Petite Messe Solennelle - Rossini in Cuijk                                           
16        Leaving for Switzerland                                                                                25        Start rehearsals Cosi fan tutte, Theater St. Gallen, Switzerland                       Director: Ansgar Weigner ~ Conductor: Jeremy Carnall



24        "Begruessung" Theater St. Gallen                                                    
25        Rehearsals Cosi fan tutte                                                             
29        Gergiev Festival - Janacek programme with Doelen Quartet



19        Premiere Cosi fan tutte Theater St. Gallen                                     

21       Start rehearsals Medea in Corinto, Theater St. Gallen Switzerland                Director: David Alden ~ Conductor: David Stern
30        Cosi fan tutte


04        Cosi fan tutte                                                                              
06        Cosi fan tutte                                                                               
11        Cosi fan tutte                                                                              
25        Cosi fan tutte                                                                              
28        Premiere Medea in Corinto Theater St. Gallen


01        Belcanto Konzert & Medea in Corinto                                                       05        Cosi fan tutte                                                                                               14        Cosi fan tutte                                                                                               20        Medea in Corinto                                                                                         22        Medea in Corinto                                                                                         24        Medea in Corinto


06       Cosi fan tutte                                                                                                09       Cosi fan tutte                                                                                                12       Cosi fan tutte                                                                                                21       Cosi fan tutte                                                                                                28       Cosi fan tutte


14       Cosi fan tutte                                                                                                17       Schoenberg, Berg, Webern Konzert - Sieben fruehe Lieder                          20       Medea in Corinto


16        Cosi fan tutte at Theater St Gallen, Switzerland
19        Cosi fan tutte at Theater St Gallen, Switzerland
24      Cosi fan tutte LAST PERFORMANCE at Theater St Gallen, Switzerland
26        Solvejgs Song - Grieg with St Gallen Symphony Orchestra
28        Solvejgs Song - Grieg with St Gallen Symphony Orchestra


14        Presentation CD 'Les aventures du Roi Pausole' Opera concert


30        Queensday Concert at Dutch Embassy in Canberra, Australia


04        Concert at Dutch Embassy in Canberra, Australia

Start Canberra International Music Festival
16        Chopin Polish Heart ~ selection of songs
17        The Rose ~ Frauenliebe und -leben
18        Chopin Polish Heart ~ selection of songs
22        Four Last Songs ~ 4th Symphony of Mahler (arr. Klaus Simon)
23        Actew The Spirit of Water ~ works by a.o. Diepenbrock and Edwards
23        End Canberra International Music Festival


20       Opera Gala at the 'Festspillene i Nord Norge 2010'


17       Start Dorset Opera - Micaela in Bizet's Carmen
30       Performance Carmen - singing the role of Micaela
31       Performance Carmen - singing the role of Micaela


23       Judas Maccabaeus of Haendel

December 2010

19       Het verliefde Hart  in Zeewolde
23       Het verliefde Hart Philipszaal in The Hague

January 2011

5        Het verliefde Hart in Nijmegen
6        Het verliefde Hart in Maassluis






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