Soons (1973, the
receiving his doctorate from the latter, he continued his musical training at
he is well-known for his flexible and extremely high tessitura voice, which
easily goes up to a high F and makes him amongst the highest tenors in the world.
François Soons distinguishes himself with his unique tenor sound, which suits
the special “Fach “of tenore di grazia / tenore leggiero and makes him
outstandingly qualified for the belcanto and baroque repertoire.
Soons has worked with prominent conductors such as Alberto Zedda, William
Christie, Paul McCreesh, Alessandro de Marchi, Andreas Spering and Kenneth
Montgomery, and directors such as Javier Lopez Pinõn, Emilio Sagi, François de
Carpentries, Giuseppe de Tomasi, and Vera Nemirova.
has also successfully participated in a few international vocal competitions. To
name a few, in 2001, he reached the finals of the Coloratura Contest Sylvia
Soons started his professional carreer already during his studies at the
Conservatory. He sang leading roles in several opera’s, including Cosi Fan
Tutte (Ferando), Don Giovanni (Don Ottavio), Die Zauberflöte (Tamino),
Dido and Aeneas (Sailor), and Albert Herring (Albert), just to
name a few. In 2000, he was asked to sing the part of Dorvil in
Rossini’s “La Scala di Seta” at the Summerborn Festival in Voorst (the
Netherlands). In the same year, he sang in two productions the role of Paris (La
belle Hélène, by
graduating, the part of Uldino in Attila (by Verdi) took him to
next production brought him to
August 2002, François became the first Dutch singer to participate as a
full-time participant of the Accademia Rossiniana in
2003, he made his debut as Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles (by Bizet)
and Andres in Wozzeck (by Berg) at the Stadt Theater of Aachen (
to opera he often performs oratoria including, the Requiem mass by Mozart,
Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Jephta by Händel, Messa di Gloria by
Puccini, Carmina Burana by Orff, the
evangelist in Telemann’s Matthäus Passion and the Johannes Passion and Matthäus
Passion by Bach (aria’s).
September 2004, François Soons is
engaged at the Landestheater Eisenach.