Biography

Jean Broekhuizen, mezzo-soprano and voice teacher, has recently relocated back to the United States after a ten year long string of successes performing at operas houses throughout Germany.

Beginning with the 2017-2018 season, she will be maintaining a private studio providing voice lessons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Further information about her teaching studio can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/jeanbroekhuizenvoiceteacher

During the 2016-2017 season Ms. Broekhuizen made her Deutsche Oper Berlin debut in a new production of Britten’s DEATH IN VENICE directed by Graham Vick. She also returned to the Oper Leipzig to sing Zweite Dame in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE. In the fall of 2016 she performed as the mezzo-soprano soloist in an original staged concert entitled “East Meets West” exploring feminism and cultural appropriation produced by Trololo productions at the SpecsOn! Festival in Berlin, Germany.

Ms. Broekhuizen was a house mezzo-soprano soloist at the Oper Leipzig in Leipzig, Germany from 2008-2015. This house provided the young singer with an incredibly opportunity to develop her stagecraft, musicianship and musicality, performing such roles as Oktavian in DER ROSENKAVALIER, Donna Elvira in DON GIOVANNI, Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Sièbel in FAUST, Fenena in NABUCCO, Komponist (cover) in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Hänsel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL, Dorabella in COSI FAN TUTTE, Fox in CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, Orlofsky in DIE FLEDERMAUS and many more. While a soloist at the Leipzig Opera, she also regularly appeared at various venues throughout the city in solo recital and in chamber recitals and concerts with musicians from the Gewandhaus Orchestra at the world-famous Gewandhaus.

From 2007-2008 Ms. Broekhuizen was the lyric mezzo-soprano soloist at the Theater Augsburg in Augsburg, Germany, where she sang the roles of Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Orfeo in Gluck’s ORFEO ED EURIDICE and Dorabella in COSI FAN TUTTE.

Guest engagements in Germany have taken her to the Staatstheater Schwerin (Fenena in NABUCCO), Theater Wiesbaden (Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA), Theater Altenburg Gera and Theater Magdeburg (Hänsel in HÄNSEL UND GRETEL), and Oper Halle (mezzo soloist Gala Concert).

Guest engagements in the United States have taken Ms. Broekhuizen to her hometown of Milwaukee, WI as Sorceress in the Florentine Opera’s production of DIDO AND AENEAS, as well as to New York City where she sang the role of Mother in AMAHL IN THE NIGHT VISITORS with the Little Orchestra Society of New York in 2005 and 2006 at Avery Fisher Hall.

A frequent contest winner, Ms. Broekhuizen was a National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York City in 2005, and won the Wisconsin district and was an Upper Midwest Regional Finalist in that same competition three years in a row (2004-2006). She was also presented with the Outstanding Mezzo Soprano Award at the Upper Midwest Regionals of the Met Auditions in 2005. In the spring of 2007 she was the recipient of a Study Grant by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Education Fund. Ms. Broekhuizen has also been a Semifinalist in the Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition (2007), and a finalist in both the Liederkranz Competition (2004), and the Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Foundation Competition for Voice (2005). In 2005 she was the recipient of a grant from the Supporters of Opera Singers (SOS) of Wisconsin.

Ms. Broekhuizen received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Arizona, where she studied with Robert Swensen. After this, she studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she earned her Masters Degree under the tutelage of Shirley Verrett, Freda Herseth and Martin Katz. As a Professional Studies student at the Manhattan School of Music, she studied with Trish McCaffrey, with whom she still continues to work. Ms. Broekhuizen’s education was furthered as a young artist with the Central City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, and Skylight Opera Theater.