Welcome to my website!
Here you will find everything about my work as a singer, performer and creator.
In case you want a quick view on who I am and what I am busy with,
I invite you to listen to an audio diary I made for the Belgian Radio “Klara”.
"Lieselot De Wilde is a soprano of unrestrained talent and creativity. She interprets Bernier's music in an exquisite way, never losing the subtleness specific to the French baroque music. Her articulation is refined and her expression very well balanced . Truly a first-class recording." ***** Sylvia Broeckaert, De Keuze van Klara on the record "Trois visage d'Hécate, cantates à voix seule by Nicolas Bernier" with Korneel Bernolet and Ensemble Apotheosis.
”...images, music, text and performance are of a high level. Lieselot De Wilde gives her heart in a complex role of almost pornographic dimensions! Her powerful, pure soprano voice vaguely echoes the voice of Barbara Hannigan.” Thea Derks on i c o n, “critic’s choice”, Theaterkrant (performance Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, 22/11/2018)
"Lieselot De Wilde réussit là où bien d'autres se laissent aller. Le moindre mot est investi, animé, chargé de sens et d'intention [...] Equilibre subtil, netteté du trait et clarté du dessin, mélange d'intimité et d'éloquence: la cantate française déploie ses qualités essentielles, et Bernier retrouve son lustre." Loïc Chahine, 5 diapasons, Diapason
”Soprano Lieselot De Wilde gave an incredible performance as our icon, handling Frederik Neyrinck’s tricky score in the most challenging of circumstances: laid on her back, in nude underwear, while being photographed.” Claire Jackson on i c o n, Opera Now - Rhinegold (performance Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings, 12 /06/2019)
Lieselot graduated magna cum laude at the Lemmens Institute, tutored by Dina Grossberger and Katelijne Van Laethem. Later on she studied with Jard Van Nes. In 2014 she participated in the Academy of Pierre Boulez during the Lucern Festival where she sang the first solo part in Luciano Berioʼs Coro under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. She obtained a first prize during the Concours Axion Classic of Belfius Bank as well, attended master classes with Alain Buet, Greta De Reyghere, Axel Everaert and Udo Reinemann and was introduced in early music practice by Erik Van Nevel, Dirk Snellings, Jill Feldman and Stratton Bull.
She was one of the three soloist in The Wasp Factory, an opera by the minimalistic and experimental Icelandic composer Ben Frost. This production was commissioned by Kunst Aus der Zeit of the Bregenzer Festspiele and toured afterwards to Hebbel Am Ufer Berlin, Holland Festival and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. She sang in The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell with Muziektheater Transparant, one of the daughters in Akhnaten by Philip Glass at Opera Vlaanderen under the baton of Titus Engel and she has sung Second Woman and First Witch (Dido and Aeneas) and Daphne and Aréthuse (Actéon) with Les Talens Lyriques under the baton of Christophe Rousset. She appeared as a soloist in the Lassus Project Canticum Canticorum under the baton of Leonardo Garcia Alarcon with Chœur de chambre de Namur and participates in projects with Catalina Vicens and her Servir Antico.
Lieselot appeared in several successful productions of LOD, a Ghent-based company for creation of contemporary opera and music-theatre. She sang the role of Hannah in the production Muur (Dominique Pauwels, Inne Goris), Meneer Afzal (Thomas Smetryns, Pieter De Buysser), she performed the role of Arthur Rimbaud in LʼAutre Hiver (Dominique Pauwels, Denis Marleau), she sang in House of forbidden music, the revenche (Dick van der Harst), in Zolang hij niet zichzelve kent… (Josse De Pauw, Frederik Neyrinck) and performed the role of Icon in the opera i c o n (Atelier Bildraum, Frederik Neyrinck.) These productions toured to Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Operadays Rotterdam, Festival TransAmériques Montréal, Gulbenkian Musica Lisboa, De Singel Antwerp, Opera Flanders, Aldeburgh Festival, Festival Avignon,...
Together with jazz guitarist and oud player Peter Verhelst she forms the ensemble Bel Ayre with which she creates her own songs and searches for new interpretations and realizations of the song repertoire, including and combining techniques, instrumental colors and virtuosity from both classical and jazz/traditional music.
In summer, autumn and winter 2019, Lieselot will sing concerts with Zefiro Torna at MA Festival and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, with organettist Catalina Vicens at Bijloke Gent, with Ensemble Apotheosis at MA Festival and in Essen (DE). There will be a winter tour through Flanders and to Gstaad (HE) with lutenist Sofie Vanden Eynde. Furthermore Lieselot will collaborate with Zonzo Compagnie for their new production “Purcell”. Autumn will also bring the release of the second Bel Ayre album “Entre-temps” as well as several concerts with the ensemble. Lieselot will also take part in some residencies (a.o. the Summer Academy at De Bijloke Gent) to work on her first own creation as a transmedial performer.
Nicolas Bernier - Trois visages d'Hécate : Cantates Françaises ou musique de chambre à voix seule
with: Apotheosis Ensemble Korneel Bernolet
label: Et'Cetera Records
release: November 2017
'A Canzone 'e Partenope - Canzoni Popolari Napoletane
with: Bel Ayre
release: March 2017
Roland de Lassus - Canticum Canticorum
with: Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
release: September 2016
Ben Frost - The Wasp Factory
with: Ben Frost, Mariam Wallentin, Jördis Richter, Lieselot De Wilde, Reykjavik Sinfonia
music "Death no less": Ben Frost & Lieselot De Wilde
label: Bedroom Community
release: December 2016