Biography – English

The Dutch mezzo-soprano Eline Welle started her musical education with piano lessons at the age of 6. She won various competitions and at the age of 11 she played her first piano concerto with orchestra on tour in France. Her first singing experience was as a member of the National Children’s Choir, where she had many early opportunities to sing with world-class conductors, including Ricardo Chailly, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Bernard Haitink, sir Simon Rattle and Nicholas Harnoncourt.

She studied singing with Valerie Guillorit and Sasja Hunnego at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Next to her studies, Eline took part in the International Lied Masterclass by Christianne Stotijn in Brussels. She has participated in masterclasses with Margreet Honing, Ira Siff, Emma Kirkby, Claron McFadden, Maarten Koningsberger, Udo Reinemann and Meinard Kraak.

Next to singing opera, Lied and oratoria, Welle is also passionate about chamber music, ensemble singing and teaching.

She recently performed Elpina (La Fida Ninfa, Vivaldi) at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Cricket and Mouse (Een lied voor de maan, Wantenaar) at the Dutch National Opera, Vivian (#Uncut, Vrolijk) a modern opera in which the title role was written for her voice, Conception (L’Heure Espagnole, Ravel) at the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel, Humperdinck) at the Berlin Opera Academy. At the Grachtenfestival she also performed scènes of Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart), La Grande Duchesse (La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein, Offenbach), Carmen (Carmen, Bizet) and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss). Together with the famous flamenco guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel she performed parts of his Flamenco Opera El Greco.
On various tours with the Dutch Symphonic Wind Orchestra she sung arias and songs by composers such as Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Bizet, Bernstein and Offenbach.
From time to time Welle winks at different genres such as the French Chanson.
Her oratorio experience includes solos in Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Hohe Messe, Mozart’s Requiem, Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elias and Duruflé’s Requiem.

Welle is a fixed member of the Dutch Chamber Choir.
She sang soloparts with conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam) and Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris).
She is also a member of the Helios Trio (Iteka Wijbenga, viola and Daan Boertien, piano) with which she performed at the Harmos Festival in Portugal and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Next to singing, conducting seems to be in her blood. From 2011 untill 2018 Welle worked at New Vocal Amsterdam as a singing and solfège teacher. In 2015 she was appointed conductor of the Talent Choirs. She rehearsed the children’s choir for the Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, Das Floss der Medusa by Hans Werner Henze and Oedipe by Enescu at the Dutch National Opera. In 2016 she completed the Kurt Thomas Course for choir conducting, level D (professional chamber choir). In 2018 she was awarded the Conducting Prize for outstandig performance at the Cantemus Choir Festival in Hungary.