Dutch mezzo-soprano Aimée Sophie Hautvast (1994) attained her Bachelor degree in 2018 and her Master degree in 2020 from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague as a student of Catrin Wyn-Davis.
Aimée participated in several opera productions as a soloist and as a member of the opera choir. These performances include productions of the New Generation Festival in Florence, the Dutch National Opera Academy, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and of the Pelagian Opera Festival in Sandwich. The roles she sang include, amongst others, Zweite and Dritte Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and the role of Sally in A Hand of Bridge by Samuel Barber.
She also sang in several choir productions. Amongst them are two productions with The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and The Netherlands Radio Choir. They include Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem conducted by Bernard Haitink and Verdi’s Nabucco conducted by Giancarlo Andretta with whom Aimée also worked during a private Masterclass in Antwerp.
Furthermore, she participated in the Summerschool program of the New Generation Festival and sang as a choir member in the production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, directed by Victoria Stevens and conducted by Jonathan Santagada. In addition, during the New Generation Festival she had the privilege to sing in a private lunch concert for the Duke of Kent.
Moreover, she participated in Masterclasses given by Eva-Maria Westbroek, Nelly Miricioiu, Giancarlo Andretta, Barbrø Marklund, Peter te Nuyl, Michael Chance and Peter Kooij.
Due to the Corona-Virus Aimée won’t be able to participate in the 2020 production Hänsel und Gretel of the Berlin Opera Academy. She would have sung the role of the Gingerbread Witch during the live performances and the role of Hänsel as a role-study. Fortunately this production will take place in Berlin in the summer of 2021.