Intermusica Artists' Management



Intermusica represents Marcel Reijans in the UK, North America, Australia, New Zealand and Asia

Simon Goldstone

Assistant to Artist Manager:
Verity Bramson

Marcel Reijans


Marcel Reijans is one of Holland's leading tenors. Acclaimed for his lyrical roles in operas by Mozart, Strauss and Wagner, Reijans has performed in major opera houses throughout Europe and America. He has been a guest at the opera houses of Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Hamburg, Dresden, Baden-Baden, Düsseldorf, Geneva, New York City, Boston, Lyon, Philadelphia, Saint Louis, Marseille, Angers/Nantes, Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, Antwerp, Palermo and Bologna.

Reijans commands a diverse and extensive repertoire of over 65 operas including the roles of Erik Der fliegende Holländer; Narraboth Salome; Matteo Arabella; Max Der Freischütz; Tamino Die Zauberflöte; Grigory Boris Godunov; Walther von der Vogelweide Tannhäuser; Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progress; Froh Das Rheingold; Fenton Falstaff; Chevalier de la Force Dialogues des Carmélites; Le Prince Philippe in the recently premiered opera Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne; Anatol Vanessa; Camille Die Lustige Witwe; Title role Candide; Andres Wozzeck; Kudrias Kát'a Kabanova; Paris King Priam; Don Ottavio Don Giovanni; and Ferrando Così fan tutte.

His concert engagements have included performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Concerto Köln, Göteborgs Symfoniker and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

He has been a guest at various festivals and in renowned concert series including the BBC Proms, Schwetzinger Festspiele and NTR ZaterdagMatinee in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam as well as the festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Tanglewood, Montreux, Innsbruck and Brisbane. Reijans has worked with conductors including Yves Abel, Daniel Barenboim, Bertrand de Billy, Frans Brüggen, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Peter Eötvös, Valery Gergiev, Hartmut Haenchen, Thomas Hengelbrock, René Jacobs, Philippe Jordan, Ton Koopman, Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden.

Recently on the concert stage he performed in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Symphony No.9, Mendelssohn's Elias and Die erste Walpurgisnacht and Lizst's Faust Symphony. In 2012 a DVD registration of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden production of Salome was released in collaboration with Arthaus Musik and Unitel Classica.

In 2013 Reijans sang role debuts, including Erik Der fliegende Holländer at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and Loge Das Rheingold as part of the ‘Rheingold am Rhein’ project in the Netherlands. In 2014 he will be a frequent guest at De Nederlandse Opera, singing in Das Rheingold (Froh) and in Arabella (Graf Elemer).

After completing his studies in political science and communication science, Reijans' formative years as a singer were in Amsterdam at the Sweelinck Conservatorium, in Philadelphia at The Curtis Institute of Music and in San Francisco as part of the Merola Opera Program. He won first prize in the Cristina Deutekom Concours in 1996 and represented The Netherlands at the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1997.

In addition to an extensive solo career, Reijans was from 2005-2013 the managing and artistic leader of the Dutch ensemble Frommermann, a group of five singers, pianist and guitarist that performs a wide variety of music ranging from Schubert and cabaret songs from the interbellum to modern popular songs. Reijans is a guest teacher at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Since 2009 he has been on the faculty of the Peter de Grote Festival in Groningen.

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Count Elemer Arabella / Netherlands Opera
Cond. Marc Albrecht / dir. Christof Loy

“Marcel Reijans gave Count Elemer a lot of temperament and vocal brilliance.”
Erna Metdepenninghen, Opera, July 2014

Erik Der Fliegende Hollander / Bologna Opera
Cond. Stefan Anton Reck

“…the Dutch Mozart tenor Marcel Reijans sang Erik’s music with enjoyable suavity and smoothness of line.”
Opera, August 2013

Das Rheingold / Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona
Cond. Josep Pons

“Marcel Reijans a brilliant Loge… among the strongest of the 14 impressive performers.”
RP Online, July 2013

Froh in Wagner Das Rheingold / The Amsterdam Music Theatre
De Nederlandse Opera / cond. Hartmut Haenchen / dir. Pierre Audi

“I have often noticed Marcel Reijans’ pleasantly lyrical tenor voice at the Amsterdamer Oper; on this occasion, he was a most pleasing Froh”.

„Marcel Reijans angenehmer lyrischer Tenor war mir schon öfter in der Amsterdamer Oper aufgefallen, diesmal war er ein guter Froh“.
Thomas Tillmann, Online Musik Magazin, November 2012

Narraboth in Strauss Salome
Festspielehaus, Baden-Baden

"Marcel Reijans is a radiant Narraboth"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 2011

"the lovely timbre and well-placed voice of Marcel Reijans", June 2011

"tenor Marcel Reijans, captivated by Salome's beauty, sung with a wonderful tone"
Pforzheimer Zeitung, June 2011

"Narraboth was sung by Marcel Reijans with a sublime and pure sound"
BNN Kritik, June 2011

"Marcel Reijans with a clear and emotionally driven tenor voice"
Esslinger Zeitung, June 2011

"Marcel Reijans as Narraboth... with flourishing voice"
magazin, June 2011

Orlando in Haydn Orlando Paladino
Radio Kamer Filharmonie / cond. Alessandro De Marchi

"In the title role Marcel Reijans proved himself once more what a sympathetic and convincing singer he is."
Trouw, March 2009

Mozart Requiem
Rotterdam Philharmonisch Orkest / cond. Frans Bruggen

"And also the well-focused tenor Marcel Reijans shone as a radiant star over Mozart's swan song."
Trouw, January 2009

Tamino in Mozart Die Zauberflöte
Nationale Reisopera / Gelders Orkest / cond. Andres Stoehr
“With his beautifully lyric and when necessary, strong voice, the role of Tamino suits him perfectly."
De Limburger, May 2008

"Marcel Reijans is a Tamino with a noble timbre"
Het Parool, May 2008

Faust in Berlioz La damnation de Faust
BBC National Orchestra of Wales / cond. Thierry Fischer

"As Faust, Marcel Reijans sang with an attractive lyricism which was particularly effective in Parts One and Two... In Scene 4, when alone in his study (‘Sans regrets j’ai quitté les riantes campagnes’) there was a moving poignancy to his expression of Faust’s sense of isolation... In his early dealings with Méphistophélès, Reijans created an ambiguous sense of vulnerability and heroism… his was a moving reading of the role.”
Musicweb, April 2008

Don José in Bizet Carmen
Het Concertgebouw / cond. José Miguel Esandi
"... tenor Marcel Reijans was impressive as a passionate Don José"
NRC Handelsblad, July 2007

Grigori in Mussorgsky Boris Godunov
Nationale Reisopera / cond. Vasily Petrenko

"Marcel Reijans shines as Grigori...."
De Volkskrant, May 2007

"Marcel Reijans was a messianic Grigori: everytime he appeared the podium became golden as though he was Midas - a glow that was also present in his smooth voice."
, May 2007

Don Ottavio in Mozart Don Giovanni
Liceu, Barcelona / cond. Bertrand de Billy (DVD)

"Don Ottavio, impressive in his Superman costume at the party, gets a full and rather touching treatment from Marcel Reijans...”
Opera, January 2007

Don Ottavio in Mozart Don Giovanni
De Nederlandse Opera, cond. Ingo Metzmacher
"...Marcel Reijans...touched the soul"
Het Parool, November 2006

" Marcel Reijans (a beautifully sung, splendidly nerdy Ottavio)."
De Volkskrant, November 2006

Bach Matthäus Passion
Holland Symfonia / cond. Boudewijn Jansen
"Marcel Reijans as the Evangelist told a clear story. His clear tone and easy top notes captured the listener".
Trouw, April 2006

"Very reliable and fitting was tenor Marcel Reijans, who in his Evangelist role sung in and endless stream of vocal qualities, and at certain moments added a good dose of drama."
Noord Hollands Dagblad, April 2006

Narraboth in Strauss Salome
Opéra National de Montpellier

"A surprise was also the Narraboth of Marcel Reijans with a grandiose voice."
Orpheus, February 2006

"As a brilliant tenor with a golden timbre Marcel Reijans created the young Syrian, Narraboth.", December 2005

Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky The Rake's Progress
Nationale Reisopera / cond. Stephen Barlow
"Marcel Reijans sung the role of Tom for the first time and proved himself to be an exceptionally stylish tenor that expressed the idiom of Stravinsky perfectly."
Trouw, April 2005

"The tenor Reijans combines a warm, clearly projected sound with a good feeling for the immensely difficult meter in this taxing role."
De Telegraaf, April 2005

"The Dutch tenor Marcel Reijans as Tom Rakewell is a joy to listen to. The role seems to be written for him."
Het Parool, May 2005

Raaff in Robin de Raaff Raaff
De Nederlandse Opera / cond. Lawrence Renes
"Marcel Reijans sings the impossible title role phenomenally."
De Groene Amsterdammer, July 2004

"But the stubborn Raaff, a driven and admirable creation of Marcel Reijans, falls from youthful recklessness to a desolate exhaustion in life."
NRC Handelsblad, June 2004

Anatol in Barber Vanessa
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest / cond. Jaap van Zweden

"Dutch tenor Marcel Reijans also made a role debut (Anatol), he never before sung with such elegance, ease and depth."
NRC Handelsblad, March 2004

"...and the Dutch tenor Marcel Reijans sung the part of Anatol with so much warmth that you completely forgot that this character is actually an unsympathetic good for nothing."
De Volkskrant, March 2004

Tamino in Mozart Die Zauberflöte
Opéra de Marseille

"Marcel Reijans is a talented Tamino."
La Provence, December 2003

"Marcel Reijans is a very lyrical and a little playboyish Tamino."
La Croix, December 2003

Hylas in Berlioz Les Troyens
De Nederlandse Opera / cond. Edo de Waart

"...Marcel Reijans stood out for his mellifluous rendition of Hylas's ballad."
Opera, December 2003

"Marcel Reijans was brilliant in the brief aria of Hylas."
Trouw, October 2003


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