Inez Carsauw (mezzosoprano)

The Belgian mezzo-soprano studied music pedagogy at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven and obtained her Master of Music in Vocal Performance (under Lucienne Van Deyck) and vocal pedagogy at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp. She studied opera with Koen Kessels en Guy Joosten and attended master-classes lead by, a.o., Vera Rosza, Sarah Walker, Adelisa Tabiadon, Gidon Saks and recently David Jones.
She was a finalist in the Mary Garden International Competition. In 2001 she participated in the Belcanto Summer School Holland. In the last few years she has integrated overtone singing into her vocal development

Inez Carsauw is a multifaceted singer. As a young soloist she sang in numerous musical productions for the Flanders Opera, Music Theatre Transparant, the Wiener Taschenoper, the Royal Dutch Theatre, the Dutch Theatre Ghent, Het Paleis and De Spiegel.
She has performed at festivals both at home and abroad, including the Covent Garden Festival, the Belcanto Festival Dordrecht and the Festival of Flanders.
Her repertoire has included Dido in Dido and Aeneas (Purcell), Arianna in Lamento d'Arianna (Monteverdi) and roles in various operas by Haydn, Puccini, Bizet and Weill.
In 1997 she sang the world premier for the opera Resurrection by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in Vienna. She made her Flanders Opera solo debut in Jenufa (Janacek), a Robert Carsen production on tour in the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.

Inez Carsauw is also very active in sacral music events.
Nearly all of the great oratorios, from Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor and Passions, Handel's Messiah to the Requiems of Mozart, Duruflé and Verdi are a part of her repertoire, which has gained her wide praise both at home and abroad.
In autumn 2007 she performed as Flanders Opera's soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and recently she sang Verdi's Requiem at the Royal Circus in Brussels and in the Madeleine Church in Paris.

As a song interpreter Inez Carsauw has demonstrated her great affinity with 20th century music. She has performed with the Flemish Radio Orchestra, Prometheus Ensemble, Spectra Ensemble, Ars Longa, Obbrusselmusica and Kontrabone. She was a guest soloist at the '3rd Night of Romance' of the Flemish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and also performed in Flanders Opera's lunchtime concerts series. These events led to fascinating interpretations of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Il Tramonto by Respighi, El Amor Brujo by De Falla, Kurt Weill's songs, song cycles by Lucien Goethals, creations by RafaŽl D'Haene and many more.

Although still young, she has already held concert tours in Brazil, Great Britain, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Romania and Spain.