Flore Van Meerssche
Belgian soprano Flore Van Meerssche made her professional stage debut as Irina in Johann Mattheson’s Boris Goudenow at the 2021 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music. Other roles in her repertoire include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), the title role in Maria Antonia Walpurgis’s Talestri, Minerva (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore). In 2021 she and the pianist Gyeongtaek Lee won the Prix de Mélodie at the International Competition of the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Centre in Paris. In 2022 they also won a scholarship from the LIEDBasel International Festival. Among the conductors under whom Flore Van Meerssche has sung are Philippe Pierlot, Alessandro De Marchi and Andrea Marchiol, while the ensembles with which she has appeared include Collegium Vocale Gent, the ricercar consort, the capella sollertia, the Munich Chamber Opera and the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic. She completed her master’s degree summa cum laude with Fenna Kügel-Seifried in Munich. In 2021 Philippe Herreweghe invited her to attend a Bach workshop in Ghent. She also holds bursaries from the Deutscher Bühnenverein and from the Richard Wagner Society in Munich.