“Through music, we will realize how similar we all are. This will help us to make the world a little better.
After receiving her BA in music performance at the conservatory of Amsterdam, Srilankan born soprano Meneka Senn decided to specialize in (early) opera. She was astudent at the Exzellenz Program in Mainz where she followed lessons with Andreas Scholl, Ton Koopman among others and proudly graduated Master of Music at Fontys Conservatory Tilburg in 2019.
“Fontys is the school who lets the artistic entrepreneur graduate with the utmost guidance and support. When you are an artistic entrepreur and you know what you want, I highly recommend this education.”
Her love for opera began when 13 year old Meneka was invited to join the Monteverdi-cycle at the Dutch National Opera , directed by Pierre Audi.
During her musical studies, she received important vocal impulses from Linda Rands, Robert van der Vinne and Peter Kooij. After the Monteverdi cycle, she participated in several opera productions at the Dutch National Opera (DNO) directed by Peter Sellars, Pierre Audi and Willy Decker. Being so at home at the DNO, in 2020 she has been given a place in the stage directors team for the Holland Festival Production of Rusalka.
She performed with conductors like Sigiswald Kuijken , Maris Kupcs , Fabio Bonnizoni and Raphael Alpermann on different operatic projects and sang in the ensembles of Philippe Herreweghe, Peter Philips and Ton Koopman.
February 2017 Meneka was accepted into the Carnegie Hall young artist program in New York where she worked alongside the Tallis Scholars.
“To me, Art is meant to make the spectater think about his own behaviour. Therefore artists play a crucial part in the society’s mental health. If we (artists) manage to be wise enough to play our cards right, our Art can change the world.”
Season 17-18-19 Meneka performed with the Opera of Pilzn (Czech Republic) in the roles of La Musica and Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. This production was also performed at the Markgräfisches Theater in Bayreuth.
Meneka is co-founder of the Dutch opera company B.O.O.M! Bold Opera On the Move where she produced and directed music performances untill 2019 for various festovals and concert series throughout the Netherlands.
In 2019 she founded a new company called YALA MUSIC. This company will collaborate with different musical professionals around europe. The first project was conducted in Split, Croatia, where YALA MUSIC recorded a CD of the forgotten “Sacre Cantiones” by Croatian composer Ivan Lukačić. More information can be found at www.yalamusic.eu
Meneka has been performing the role of Pamina in the production of De Toverfluit created my experimental music theatre company SILBERSEE in cooperation with DE TONEELMAKERIJ. This performance went on tour and had 42 performances across the Netherlands and Belgium.
Meneka’s current vocal coach is Maurits Draijer.
Apart from singing herself, Meneka likes to fulfill duties behind the stage. She has been working as an assistent director, production leader, production and stage manager at various festvals and recently at the Dutch National Opera (assistent director).
Upcoming Autumn / Winter 2020
* Le Nozze di Figaro (Dutch National Opera 2020)
* Messiah Tournee (Beleef Klassiek 2021)
Upcoming Autumn/Winter 2020 (self organized)
*Soprano solo in Egmont – Ode aan de Vrijheid
*Recital Songs by Lukacic & Monteverdi
*Soprano solo’s in Mini Mattheus before Christmas
What other say:
“…Meneka Senn überzeugte mit klarem Sopran…”
“…Senn gives Bach an exciting and sensual future…”
“…In de eerste plaats sopraan Meneka Senn als een natuurlijke, aandoenlijke en toch ferme Pamina…”
“…Bezaubernde Sopranistin Meneka Senn in Hosenrolle…”
“…Prachtig gezongen Pamina door Meneka Senn…”
“…Meneka Senn zingt ontroerend fraai het Agnus Dei…”
“…Meneka Senn zingt ingetogen en met elan de rol van Morgana…”
“…Energieke rol van Pamina door Meneka Senn…”
- G. Caccini Euridice
La Tragedia, Ninfa
- C. Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea
Valetto, Fortuna, Drusilla, Amore, Athena, Virtue
- C. Monteverdi L’Orfeo
La Musica, Euridice, Ninfa
- F. Cavalli Xerse
- H. Purcel Dido and Aeneas
Belinda, Second woman
- G.F. Händel Semele
- G.F. Händel Clori, Tirsi e Fileno
- G.F. Händel Apollo e Dafne
- J.Haydn L’isola disabitata
- W.A. Mozart Die Zauberflöte
- W.A. Mozart Le nozze di Figaro
- W.A. Mozart La clemenza di Tito
- B. Smetana Die verkaufte Braut
- G. Bizet Carmen
- M. Williamson The happy prince
- C. Saint-Saens La princesse jaune
- C. Saint-Saens La princesse jaune