Soprano Florien Hilgenkamp gained her Master’s degree at the Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory under the supervision of Roberta Alexander and Carolyn Watkinson. At the moment she is being coached by Laurence Dale.
At the invitation of the “Netherlands American Community Trust” she made her debut – at the age of 25 – at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Florien sang her first opera role, the “Grisette” at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with Het Gelders Orkest conducted by Martin Sieghart. With the Codarts Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hans Leenders she played the role of Vi in Blue Monday (Gershwin) in the Jurriaanse Hall in concert venue De Doelen in Rotterdam. In addition, she sang the role of Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) in the John McIntosh Theatre in London in a collaboration with the Co-Opera Co company and directed by Peter Watson. In 2016, Florien was asked to take part in the young talent ensemble of the Operadagen Rotterdam 2016 as New Voice. During this festival, she sang the role of Euridice from the opera L’Orfeo (Monteverdi), directed and conducted by Timothy Nelson, and together with Nelson, Florien developed the theatrical solo recital with lute “From ground to air” for the festival. She toured with the Tulipa Consort ensemble and soprano Johannette Zomer to Querceto in Italy and through the Netherlands with the opera Dido & Aeneas (Purcell), where she sang the role of Belinda. With the opera company Holland Opera in collaboration with the Ragazze Quartet and Opera Zuid, she sang the double role of Constanze and Princess in the youth opera Meermeisje, composed by Oene van Geel.
Florien sang the soprano solo of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Camerata Rotterdam conducted by Roberto Bautista.
She is a highly sought-after soloist for oratorios including the Bach Passions, Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Messiah (Handel), Requiem (Fauré), Gloria (Vivaldi), Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini), Requiem (Mozart), A German Requiem (Brahms), Magnificat (Bach) and Oratorio de Noël (Saint-Saëns) and has worked with conductors that include Philip Pickett, Roy Goodman and Henk Guittart. Florien has also performed modern repertoire, for instance the Folk Songs (Berio), Stabat Mater (Thomson) and Dances (L. Andriessen).
She has given song recitals in concert venue De Doelen in Rotterdam and during radio programmes on Radio 4 (Netherlands), Radio Rijnmond and RTV-Noord-Holland. Ever since her graduation recital “Dreamgirl”, with which she completed her Master’s study gaining a high score of 9, she has combined art song with theatre. She performed together with pianist Celia García García under the name “Rabbits at top speed”. The duo combined the classical art song with comedy and has been heard on Dutch Radio 4, in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam, during Museum Night Rotterdam, a lunch concert at the Nederlandse Reisopera, Grachtenfestival and the Operadagen Rotterdam festival. The performance “Ik zal het liefde noemen” (I’ll call it love) was created under the direction of Marc Krone and comprises songs by Wolf, Bernstein and Rossini.
Florien is the founder of Liedhuis, a music theatre company that celebrates art song, believing that this art form can have a thoroughly contemporary impact and relevance in today’s world. She makes performances together with colleagues and artists from different art disciplines. In the debut performance UNLOST, a cinematic concert, she performed works by Olivier Messiaen together with pianist Roberto Guijarro alongside a short movie that was specially made for this performance. UNLOST was performed in CC Amstel, Theater Walhalla, during the festival Operadagen Rotterdam and chamber music festival September me.