Barbara Haveman, born in Groningen, The Netherlands, passed her degree at the Maastricht School of Music in 1994. She took classes by Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Scotto and works actually with Catherine Green in New York.

She is winner of the following international singing competitions: 1997 – Belvedere Competition in Vienna (third prize) and Concours International de Chant de Verviers (first prize), 1998 – Voci Verdiane in Busseto (first prize).


In 1995 she gave her stage debut in the part of Salud in De Falla’s La Vida Breve at the Oldenburgische Staatstheater.


There followed engagements in Italy: Luca, Livorno, Parma, Ferrara, Modena, Ravenna (La Traviata) and Torino (A Streetcar Named Desire), in France: Strasbourg (Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, A Streetcar Named Desire, Die verkaufte Braut, Contessa/Le nozze di Figaro, Amelia/ Un ballo in maschera, Tannhäuser), Nancy (Simon Boccanegra, King Kandaules), Toulouse (Jenufa NP – conductor Jiri Kout, director Nicolas Joel, Carmen, Don Giovanni, The Queen of Spades), Montpellier (Otello, La voix humaine), Avignon (Simon Boccanegra), Nice (La voix humaine, Simon Boccanegra), Rouen (Lohengrin), Monte Carlo (Jenufa, The Queen of Spades, Rusalka, Eine florentinische Tragödie), in Belgium: O.R.W. Liège (Les contes d’Hoffmann, Katia Kabanova, Eine florentinische Tragödie, Ernani, Salomé/Hérodiade, Cosi fan tutte, Sinaide/Moise et Pharaon, King Kandaules, Mefistofele, Tosca), De Vlaamse Opera (Les contes d’Hoffmann, Hérodiade), in Great Britain: ROH Covent Garden (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Leeds (La Bohème), in Croatia: Zagreb (Don Carlo), in Austria: Bregenz Festival (Maskerade), Volksoper Wien (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), in Germany: Bayerischer Rundfunk (Hérodiade), Hamburg State Opera (Tannhäuser, Ariadne auf Naxos, Manon Lescaut, Don Carlo, The Queen of Spades), Semperoper Dresden (Simon Boccanegra, Don Carlo), Theater und Philharmonie Essen (Tannhäuser), Oper Frankfurt (Tosca, Simon Boccanegra, La fanciulla del West), Oper Köln (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, NP Ariadne auf Naxos), Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf (Un ballo in maschera, Don Carlo), Deutsche Oper Berlin (NP Falstaff), Wiesbaden (Lohengrin), in the Netherlands: Netherlands Opera Amsterdam (Tannhäuser, Les vêpres siciliennes), Concertgebouw Amsterdam (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Manon Lescaut), in Spain: Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona (Simon Boccanegra, Aida), in Latvia : Sigulda Opera Festival (Un ballo in maschera), Hungary: Budapest National Opera (Manon Lescaut), in the Czech Republik: National Theatre Prag (Tosca), in Israel: Israeli Opera Tel Aviv (Jenufa), China: NCPS Beijing (Tannhäuser, Un ballo in maschera).


After her first appearance 2003 as Salomé/Hérodiade at the Wiener Staatsoper, Ms. Haveman has been engaged in 2005 for the title-role in the new production Manon Lescaut (conductor Seiji Ozawa, director Robert Carsen), with revival in 2009 and sung there 2010 and 2012 Un ballo in maschera, 2011 Tosca, 2012 Amelia Gimaldi near P. Domingo as Simon Boccanegra, 2014 Tosca, 2015 The Queen of Spades.


2016 followed her debut at the Scala di Milano with La fanciulla del West (conductor R. Chailly).


Barbara Haveman appeared in many concerts in Japan, Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Among others she has sung Jeremiah by Bernstein, Shostakovitch’s 14th Symphony, Schönberg’s Sechs Orchesterlieder and Gurre-Lieder and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Mozart’s Requiem, Vesprae solemnis de confessore and Die Krönungsmesse, Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder being also a noted interpreter of the German Lied repertoire.


Some of her future engagements are: Tosca at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Lohengrin at the Opéra de Marseille, Les vêpres siciliennes at the Oper Frankfurt, etc.


Recordings: CD – L.v.Beethoven – 9th Symphony (Altus, Orchestre National de Lyon, conductor J. Märkl), DVD – C. Nielsen – Maskerade (production of the Bregenz Festival, stage direction D. Pountney), CD – R. Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (QuattroLive, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum, conductor J. v. Zweden), DVD – G. Verdi – Les vêpres siciliennes (Opus Arte, production of the Netherlands Opera Amsterdam, stage direction C. Loy, conductor P. Carignani), CD – A. Schoenberg „Gurre-Lieder“ (Hyperion, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, conductor Markus Stenz).

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