" so eine wunderschöne Stimme!" Kammersängerin Christa Ludwig

“Waiting for Gertrud or the Meeting of the 100 Child Prodigies” deals with the content and discourse of the song creations of 100 female composers from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The negation of the artistic abilities of female composers has a long tradition and continues to have an impact today. Together with an actress, a pianist, four singers and a girls' choir, we examine the song's political, aesthetic and social explosiveness.

"Warten auf Gertrud oder das Treffen der 100 Wunderkinder“ setzt sich inhaltlich und diskursiv mit dem Liedschaffen von 100 Komponistinnen aus dem 19., 20. und 21. Jahrhundert auseinander. Zu Unrecht vergessen, werden Komponistinnen zu Lebzeiten als Wunderkinder hochgejubelt, finden aber keinen Eingang in den Kanon der Musikgeschichte und werden systematisch ausradiert aus den Chroniken der Musikgeschichtsschreibung. Photo © Jens Wazel

On 12., 13., 14., 15. October in Villa Elisabeth, Berlin. Click here for the link. 

I am hereby pleased to inform you of an upcoming project, namely the first performance of Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch in an arrangement for 10 instruments. 

Some of you will remember the theatrical version I initiated with Mattijs van der Woerd six years ago. John Macfarlane attended that performance in Amsterdam, and was inspired to arrange this amazing song cycle of 46 songs for chamber music ensemble. It is now with Doblinger Verlag Vienna, where it is offered for hire. However, a premiere is called for!  Recordings will also be made before and during the concert to capture this arrangement with us and make it available. 

Simone Riksman sopraan & Peter Gijsbertsen tenor

Holland Kamer Orkest - John Macfarlane conductor

Monday 30th of January at 20.00 in Theater Ins Blau - Leiden

Both the programmes Entartete Seelen as well as Free the Spirit, containing the fabulous Romancen by Shostakovich, were performed with Ensemble Nova Sonantia. Where Free the Spirit focussed on composers working in exile or under regimes forbidding their work, Entartete Seelen gives a voice to works written in Theresienstadt. As some of these works are rarely performed nor ever recorded, Nova Sonantia has decided to make a cd, which will be coming out soon.  

Season 2018-2019

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

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

Season 2017-2018

The established 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 semi-staged Janaçek programme, with the two String Quartets, love letters and Moravian Folksongs. Anniversary Concert 24th September 2017

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

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

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.

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. 


Season 2016-2017

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 

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)

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

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

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.

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

Met Carina Vinke, Erik Slik en het Nieuw Europees Ensemble voert Simone Riksman deze werken uit. Meer informatie is hier te vinden:

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

Opera at Theater Sankt Gallen - Switzerland

All performances are at 19.30 when not mentioned otherwise

Regie: Nicola Berloffa, Conductor: Attilio Tomasello

Wiederaufnahme 24 September

11, 19, 28 Oktober

13, 15 November

Season 2014 - 2015


Regie: Nicola Berloffa, Conductor: Modestas Pitrenas

October 25, 29

November 02 (14.30)

December 12, 23

February 13, 23

April 19

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)

Regie: Carlos Wagner, Conductor: Attilio Tomasello

June 19 (Première), 23, 26

July 01, 03

Season 2013 - 2014

Regie: Guy Joosten, Conductor: Otto Tausk

September 06 (Première), 29 (17.00)

October 06, 04 (14.30)

November 05, 15, 26

December 14

Regie: Aron Stiehl, Conductor: Otto Tausk

November 10, 14, 25, 

December 15 

Regie: Cusch Jung, Conductor: Vinzenz Praxmarer

December 27

January     25

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.

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

Opera at Theater Sankt Gallen - Switzerland

All performances are at 19.30 when not mentioned otherwise

Regie: Bernd Mottl, Conductor: Jeremy Carnall

September 26 (Première), 30

November 01, 04 (17.00), 12

December 08, 29

Regie: Guy Joosten, Conductor: Modestas Pitrenas

October 26, 28 (14.30)

November 14, 25 (14.30)

December 04

Regie: Cusch Jung, Conductor: Vinzenz Praxmarer

December 22 (Première), 31

January 05, 14, 20 (14.30), 22, 27

March 01

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

Regie: Jim Lucassen, Conductor: Henrik Nánási

March 10 (17.00), 15

April 08, 14, 26

Regie: Aron Stiehl, Conductor: Otto Tausk

May 04 (Première), 07, 18, 22, 26 (14.30), 31

June 02 (14.30), 04

Season 2011 - 2012




Theater Sankt Gallen - Switzerland:

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

Regie: Jim Lucassen, Conductor: Henrik Nánási

February 5,7

March 14,21

April 12

Regie: Johannes Schmid, Conductor: Robert Howarth

March 10,13,18,25

April 13,15,28

May 1,13

June 6



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

15        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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