K ristof SchliepJan
Jan Kristof Schliep studied opera singing with Prof. Gerhard Faulstich at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany. He had lessons in the stylistics of "Early Music" with the countertenor Ralf Popken and oratorio repertoire with Elisabeth Graf. He is currently working with vocal coach Axel Heil.
After his studies, Jan Kristof Schliep was a member of the ensemble at the TfN • Theater für Niedersachsen (Theater for Lower Saxony) in Hildesheim, Germany for ten years. During this time he sang more than 40 different roles in operas and operettas. In 2013, the tenor received the artist award for "outstanding artistic achievements" at the TfN. He is working as a freelance artists since 2016 and has been a guest at various theaters in Germany and the Netherlands. Among others, he sang the role of Tamino in the world premiere of the Dutch translation of Mozart’s “Magic Flute”.
In season 2022/23, Jan Kristof Schliep sings Wenzel (Smetana: "Die verkaufte Braut") at Landestheater Schleswig-Holstein and the role of Walter in Weinberg's "Die Passagierin" at Theater Altenburg Gera.
His concert repertoire is broad as well, varying from works by Schütz and Bach's cantatas and oratorios, via Mozart's "Requiem" and Bruckner's "Te Deum" to the extreme tenor part in Orff's "Carmina Burana". He also likes to sing contemporary music in both opera and concert repertoire, for example the part of Pilate in Pärt's "Passio".
As the son of an Evangelical Lutheran minister, the Bach evangelists are close to his heart, but his vocal focus increasingly shifts towards the classic and romantic repertoire. Haydn's "The Creation", Mendelssohn's "Elias" or Beethoven's 9th Symphony can currently be found on the tenor's music stand.
Jan Kristof Schliep is a member of the artists' association ensemble artists e. V. and lives in Nieuwegein/Utrecht (NL).
A short biography as a pdf file (German, English, Dutch) for download can be found here: Short biography Jan Kristof Schliep