Bastiaan Everink

Opera singer

               Bastiaan Everink is a typical dramatic baritone with his dark colored voice. During his long lasting international career he added already more then 40 roles to his repertoire. From 2011 until 2016 he was a member of the famous ensemble of 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 started to study classical singing, he had a successful career in the Royal Dutch Marine Corps. As a special forces soldier, he was decorated for his participation in the first Gulf war in 1991. He decided to change the direction of his life and started to study at the Conservatory in Enschede and Amsterdam, but above all he learned to sing in The Studio of Vocal Arts from James McCray.

               In 2002 he made his debut in the opera house of Bonn. He was featured in the National Opera Amsterdam, Frankfurter Oper, Innsbruck, Tiroler Country theater, Staatstheater Nurnberg and the State theater Wiesbaden, The Concertgebouw Amsterdam,Teatro Mayor Bogota and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Roles in his repertoire include Don Carlos in Forza del destino, Jago in Otello, Amonasro in Aida, Gerard from Andrea Chenier, Tonio in Pagliacci, Michele in Tabarro, Jochanaan in Salome, Wolfram in Tannhauser and Eugen Onegin, Wotan in Das Reihngold, Miller in Luisa Miller or Scarpia in Tosca. He sung his first “Fliegende Hollander” in 2013 in Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, soon many other engagements in this role followed o.a. in Wiesbaden and Zagreb. In 2015 he made his debut in Italy, where he sung Nabucco, a role he sung already more than 120 times.

               He wrote a book about the transition from an elite soldier to an operasinger: “Strijdtoneel“. This book was the inspiration for the opera Hercules, written by Valentijn Dhaenens and composed by Rob Zuidam. Hercules, a soldiers opera in one act had his world premiere under the baton of James Gaffigan at The Royal Concertgebouw in 2019. Bastiaan himself sang the leading role in a sold out house.

               Since he graduated as an ecological psychologist he combines his work as an opera singer with being an environmental activist and ecological therapist. At least three months a year he spends time on his ecological farm in France.