Soprano Lilith Verhelst hails from Belgium and has been living in Singapore since 2015. She majored in early music voice at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and is currently Adjunct Voice Teacher at School of the Arts, Singapore @sotasg. In RDB's debut on 28 Aug, she performs the French Baroque cantata Céphale et Aurore by Jean-Baptiste Stuck, a rarely-heard masterpiece of intense beauty and drama not to be missed! .
1) What do you enjoy most about Baroque music and why?
The unique sound of the instruments, the beauty of a single basso continuo with a powerful melody and the freedom to be creative beyond what is written. .
2) Tell us a little bit about the Stuck cantata you will sing for us.
In the Baroque period there was a big distinction between the French and Italian music. In this cantata, Stuck merges the best of those two worlds: making a musical canvas of the French gracefulness and dancing rhythms, and playing with the Italian colourful harmonies and instrumental/vocal virtuosity. In the span of 20 minutes you will hear the beautiful story of Aurore, Goddess of the Dawn longing for the sleeping hunter, Cephale set to the most beautiful melodies.
3) How did you get started on studying early voice?
Coming from the Low Lands, there has always been a lot of early music present in the churches and concert halls. The real passion came later, when spending time in the UK and hearing the ensembles there, singing and playing early music with a freedom in their interpretation. This made me decide to continue studying early music at The Hague Conservatory.
4) Do you have a favorite Baroque composer and/or piece? Why?
The answer may be a very classic one: but Bach is the all-time favourite. His music is timeless, profound in emotions and you never get tired from listening or singing/playing it.
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