Belgian soprano Lilith Verhelst
obtained her degree in classical singing at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp before continuing her vocal studies at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague where she specialized in early music performance practice.
Lilith is equally at home with singing baroque and contemporary repertoire. She loves the purity of baroque music and the fact that it is so natural for the voice. Modern music poses a different challenge, in that it takes more time to study and to interpret, but because it is new, Lilith thrives on the freedom it gives her as a performer.
Her passion for contemporary music
has involved working as a soloist in modern opera, musical theatre and chamber music. She participated in the Darmstadt International New Music Festival (2012), where she was coached by the French soprano Donatienne Michel-Dansac. She sang while in the presence of the composer Georges Aperghis, of his work La Nuit en tête (2013) and also performed VOI(rex) by Philippe Leroux with Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin during her residency with the OPUS XXI Academy 2013 (Avignon). In April 2015, she sang the role of Green Romy in the opera ROMY – Elle est moi und töte mich by Belgian composer Joris Blanckaert, in collaboration with SPECTRA Ensemble. Joris Blanckaert subsequently won the Provincial Prize for New Music in 2015 for the Province of East Flanders (Belgium) with this chamber opera.
Other notable projects have included touring the opera Alzheimer (2006) by Chiel Meijering, as well as singing within the Gaudeamus Festival Amsterdam, working with the Ereprijs Ensemble to premiere numerous works by young composers. She also performed the chamber opera Drawers in the presence of the composer Tom Johnson and participated in Columba by the Belgian musical theatre group Luna Baal, singing music by Nicholas Lens.
As a solo and ensemble singer
Lilith collaborates with ensembles such as The Flemish Radio Choir (BE), CantoLX (LU), Cappella Amsterdam (NL) and Baroque Ensemble Collegium AD MOSAM. She has also performed within stylistically diverse programs such as the Frescobaldi/Cage programme put on by CantoLX. Or reviving music of 17th century Turnhout composers in collaboration with the baroque orchestra B’Rock and the very same CantoLX.
As a counter balance to her work in contemporary music and choral collaborations, she regularly performs with the baroque duo The Green Lady ensemble together with harpist Sarah Louise Ridy — a duo focusing on the performance of Italian and English repertoire from 17th century. With her new vocal-instrumental ensemble Begli Occhi, she specialises in music from the late Renaissance and Baroque eras.