How an elite soldier became a world class opera star | Bastiaan Everink | TEDxKMA by TEDx Talks   4 years ago

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Bastiaan Everink is a former marine. While in service, he discovered his passion for opera. So he tacked his life and left the Marine Corps, to become a top level baritone. His motto: any healthy boy or girl can endure 10 minutes of hardship, recover and endure another 10 minutes of hardship. With these small steps you can conquer the world.

Bastiaan Everink is a typical dramatic baritone with its dark colored voice. Starting from the season 2011/12 he sings as a regular soloist at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. There he sang, among other things, Escamillo in Carmen, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and Klingsor in Parsifal. On the occasion of the 100 anniversary of the Deutsche Oper, he sang the role of Pizarro in Fidelio together with the soprano Anja Kampe and bass Matti Salminen under the baton of Donald Runnicles.

Before he was discovered as a singer, he had a successful career in the Royal Dutch Marines Corps. As a special forces soldier, he was decorated for his participation in the first Gulf war in 1991. Then he decided to change the direction of his life. He studied classical singing the first seven years at the Conservatory in Enschede and Amsterdam, later in ‘ The Studio or Vocal Arts ‘ by James McCray.


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