„Out of nowhere, she immediately touches you with her gentle, plaintive high notes in pianissimo.”
The summer of 2022 holds a very special highlight for soprano Flore Van Meerssche as she will make her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Sacerdotessa in Verdi‘s Aida under the baton of Alain Altinoglu. She is also a participant in the Young Singers Project.
In 2021 the belgian singer made her operatic debut at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in Mattheson’s Boris Goudenow and also took on the title role in Walpurgis' Talestri at the Munich Chamber Opera. Other stage roles include Pamina, Minerva and Cleopatra, which she performed in a Young Artists Program under the tutelage of Alessandro de Marchi in 2020.
Flore is a passionate interpreter of Lied. In December of 2021 she won the Prix de Mélodie together with her piano partner Gyeongtaek Lee at the International Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition in Paris. In 2022 they also won a scholarship from the LIEDBasel International Festival, as well as the Leeds Lieder Festival.
Flore is also a sought-after concert performer. In 2022 she made her first appearance at the Munich Isarphilharmonie with Haydn’s The Creation alongside the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with Baroque-harpists Margret Köll and Mara Galassi she performed at the opening concert of the 2021 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Thanks to her intensive concert activities, Flore has a broad range of repertoire, working with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Philippe Pierlot, Alessandro di Marchi, Andrea Marchiol and esteemed ensembles such as Collegium Vocale Gent, Ricercar consort, Bavarian Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Theresia Orchestra, capella sollertia and Munich Chamber Opera orchestra.
Flore graduated cum laude in Konzertgesang (2018) and Liedgestaltung (2021) from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich under Fenna Kügel-Seifried and Andreas Schmidt. She attended masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Helmut Deutsch, Ian Bostridge, Dorothea Röschmann, Daniel Behle, Oliver Schnyder, Amanda Roocroft, Jan Philip Schulze and Dietrich Henschel.
She is a scholarshipholder from the ‘Deutscher Bühnenverein’, the ‘Richard-Wagner Verband München‘, as well as ‘Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now’.