Belgian lyric soprano Soetkin Elbers studied voice in Brussels, Vienna and Cologne and quickly specialized in the performance of both early and contemporary music. During her studies, she sang her first baroque opera parts in “The Fairy Queen” by Purcell at the Opéra Royal de Liège (Belgium), followed by many more baroque opera parts in works by Händel, Lully, Monteverdi, Rameau, and lesser-known composers such as Fux, Gasparini, Pistocchi and Leonardo Leo.
In concerts, Soetkin had the pleasure to work with conductors such as Paul Dombrecht, Rubén Dubrovsky, Marino Formenti, Michi Gaigg, Sigiswald Kuijken, Sébastien Rouland and Peter Van Heyghen. Her performances in concerts and on the opera stage include festivals such as Barocktage Stift Melk, Carinthischer Sommer, Donaufestwochen, Impuls Festival Graz, Festival Alte Musik Knechtsteden, Festival d’Ambronay, Händel Festspiele Karlsruhe or Taschenopernfestival Salzburg.
Since 2012 Soetkin has made several appearances at the Theater Aachen in Germany, where she not only sang baroque opera parts such as Dorinda in “Orlando” (Händel) or Amore and Valletto in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” (Monteverdi), but also performed in the 2013 creation of Ole Hübner’s “sweetieorpheus_27”. In 2015 Soetkin was invited to participate in the contemporary opera festival Taschenopernfestival Salzburg, which led to her collaboration with Ensemble Garage in 2016. In 2017 she was invited by Japanese conductor Ryo Terakado to perform the part of Eurydice in the French version of “Orphée et Eurydice” by Gluck in Tokyo.
Soetkin Elbers recorded French baroque music with cembalist Magdalena Malec and with the Belgian ensemble RedHerring. She is a founding member of baroque ensemble Les Abbagliati and established herself as specialized in the practice of baroque Gesture through working with Sigrid T’Hooft, renowned specialist in the field of historical stage performance.
Since 2014 Soetkin hosts her own monthly radio show at Hamburg radio station ByteFM, called “Brüssel Zentral” in which she presents mainly music from Belgium without stylistic boundaries.