About Jacobine van Laar

Biek3Jacobine van Laar started her musical career as a flautist. During her final year at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam she started her vocal studies with Wout Oosterkamp at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. In 1998 Jacobine continued her vocal studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as a post graduate-student with Laura Sarti. She also followed the opera course at Birkbeck College, University of London. Until 2007 Jacobine studied privately with Angela Hickey. Jacobine was selected to take part in a Wagner masterclass with the Wagnerian Danish tenor Stig Andersen as part of the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival. She also attended masterclasses with Elly Ameling and Barbara Bonney. Jacobine performed both solo and in opera productions in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Barbican and St. John’s Smith Square in Londen and in several venues throughout the UK and The Netherlands.

Having started out as a lyric soprano, Jacobine's voice has recently made a gradual transgression into the higher mezzo repertoire. She is therefore now able to sing the mezzo-soprano and contralto parts in the oratorio repertoire.
As an opera singer Jacobine sang a.o. the role of Suor Angelica and Lady Billows (Albert Herring) in London's Cochrane Theatre and worked with Opera Mint Birmingham (Jane Eyre) en European Chamber Opera (Flora in La Traviata). In August 2014 she sang Zweite Magd in Elektra from Strauss, a production of The New London Opera Players. In October 2014 she won, together with guitarist Jorrit Douwes, first price during the Jewish Music Festival Competition in Nordhorn, Germany.

In October 2014 Jacobine also was guest soloist in two concerts at the Battle Festival of Arts in Sussex, England. She sang Händel arias and duets with Battle Festival Sinfonia. 
She also performed the première of composer in residence Tony Biggin's "If Only":

"Jacobine van Laar’s melancholy and evocative soprano took the audience to new levels of emotion, yet without straying into sentimentality" (Battle and Rye Observer).

" If Only moved me to tears" (Tony Biggin, composer).

On 29th October 2014 Jacobine performed their Music in War Time recital in Villa Gaudeaumus in Bilthoven, The Netherlands. This is the very house built and once inhabited by Dutch-German composer and concert pianist Julius Röntgen. This house has been a host to many great musicians like Röntgens close friends Edvard Grieg, Percy Grainger, Pablo Casals and later also to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luciano Berio and Louis Andriessen. The program contained compositions by English and Dutch composers, influenced by the horrors of the Great War. For more information on this program, please click on Music in War Time.

Another program was added in 2015: Shakespeare in Music, including Gerlad Finzi's Love's Labour's Lost and Ivor Gurney's Five Elizabethan Songs.

In 2016 Jacobine performed in England during chamber music concert with the Loddon Piano Quartet, incl. members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jacobine also has her own teaching practice and is a guest teacher at Summer courses in The Netherlands, France and England. As a conductor she leads the Markelo Male and Youth Choirs and Chamber Choir Montessera in Enschede.

For future performances, please click on diary.


Opera Roles

•  Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito)    
Amelia (Un Ballo di Maschera)  
Flora (La Traviata)  
Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica)  
Tosca (Tosca)  
Sieglinde (Die Walküre)  
Rusalka (Rusalka)  
Lisa (Queen of Spades)  
Lady Billows (Albert Herring)  
Elizabeth (Gloriana)  
Magda (The Consul)  
Diana (Jane Eyre)  


Bach (Magnificat, Matthäus Passion, Johannes Passion, Cantatas)  
Händel (Messiah)  
Brahms (Ein Deutsches Requiem/A German Requiem)  
Verdi (Requiem)  
Dvorak (Requiem)  
Tippett (Child of our Time)  
Britten (War Requiem)  


Schubert (Erlkönig, Gretchem am Spinnrad, Der Zwerg, An die Musik a.o.)  
Schumann (Frauenliebe- und leben)  
Mahler (Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Kindertotenlieder a.o.)  
Wagner (Wesendonck Lieder)  
Strauss (Zueignung, Morgen, Allerseelen, Das Rosenband, Frühlingsfeier a.o.)  

English Song

Gurney (Five Elizabethan Songs, In Flanders, Down by the Salley Gardens a.o.)  
Elgar (Seven Lieder)  
Vaughan Williams (The House of Life)  
Herbert Howells (King David)  
Butterworth (A Shropshire Lad)  
Britten (Cabaret Songs)   
Betty Roe (Diva's lament, Three Eccentrics)  
Muriel Herbert  (Lake of Innisfree)  

French Mélodie

Berlioz (Nuit d'éte')   
Ravel (Scheherazade)   


Janacek (Moravian Folk Songs)  
Dvorak (Gipsy Songs)  




De Falla Seven Canciones populares Espagnol  
Lorca Canciones  
Akiva Spanish-Jewish Song Cycle  


Bellini (Composizioni da Camera)  
Donizetti (Composizioni da Camera)  
Arie Antiche     


Rudolf Mengelberg (Drinklied, Minneklacht)  
Diepenbrock (Berceuse, Ik ben in eenzaamheid niet meer alleen, Maanlicht)  
Vermeulen (La Veille)  

Chamber Music

Beethoven Scottish Folk Songs for voice, violin, cello and piano   
Brahms Zwei Lieder Op. 91   
Diepenbrock Berceuse for voice, cello and piano   
Betty Roe Madame's Three Callers for voice and cello   
Caplet Écoute mon coeur for voice and flute   
Roussel Deux Poèmes de Ronsard for voice and flute  
Es sang vor langen Jahren for voice, violin and viola  


Click here for recordings on youtube