Josefien,  soprano, graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music in 2005. She is regularly featured as a soloist for oratorio performances in the Netherlands, Germany and the US. She has been called “an astonishing singer” (Chicago Tribune),  praised for her “creamy tone, dead-on accuracy and dramatic interpretation” (Chicago Classical Music).

From 2005 to 2007, she was part of the Young Opera Ensemble of Cologne. She and her sister, Charlotte, make up the vocal duo Charlotte and Josefien Stoppelenburg. They perform with pinoduo and brothers Martijn and Stefan Blaak as ensemble Brothers and Sisters. The quartett performed in the Netherlands, The United States, Italy and will perform in Cuwait in 2015.

In 1997, Charlotte and Josefien Stoppelenburg won the first prize at the Princess Christina Competition, and now enjoy national and international renown. In addition regular appearances on television and radio, their concert for the Dutch Royal Family was broadcast live on Dutch national TV. The duo has appeared in nearly every Dutch concert hall.

Ms. Stoppelenburg’s recent solo engagements include Handel works with the Baroque Band, Newberry Consort, Camerata Amsterdam, Rockford Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra  and the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Fauré Requiem with Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and the rôle of Aci in Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Tirsi in Clori, Tirsi e Fileno with the Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago's 17th and 18th century opera troupe, which burst onto the scene in 2011 to great critical acclaim;  ?

She sang the world premiere of Jacob TV’s multi-media opera The News in Pittsburgh. In February 2013, she made her début in Korea with the Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem.

Highlights of the the current season include the Handel Gloria with the Chicago Rembrandt Players, St John Passion with the St. Louis Bach Society, Handels La Lucrezia. She was the feautured soloist in the Peoria bach Festival 2014 and performed Non sa che sia dolore and Handel's la Lucrezia.

In February 2014 she made her debut in China (Beijing) as the soprano soloist in the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass. In 2015 she will perform Mozart's Mass in C in Shanghai.  

She won the Chicago Oratorio Award 2013 and 2nd place Nationally in the American Prize Opera Competition 2013.

Josefien was invited to perform as a soloist for the Dutch King

Willem Alexander this Spring.

Josefien is also a painter. She is the Artist in Resedence for the Evanston Art Center in the Fall of 2014. To see her work, please visit


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