Consensus Vocalis /
a clear sound
Auditions for Das Wunder der Heliane by Erich Korngold
Consensus Vocalis has been invited by the Nederlandse Reisopera to provide a substantial chorus for their new
production of Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane, conducted by Jac van Steen and directed by Jakob Peters-Messer. This music is a step away from our usual repertoire, so we have decided to hold specific auditions for the heavier voices we need to cast this demanding piece.
The professional vocal ensemble Consensus Vocalis gives concerts and performances throughout the country from a solid base in the east of the Netherlands. It has a unique sound that can be recognized in everything: clear, fresh, expressive, intense and full of dedication. From a cappella choral music to symphonic works, from opera to (youth) music theater and from renaissance to contemporary repertoire: Consensus Vocalis is exceptionally versatile.
Béni Csillag is artistic director and choirmaster of Consensus Vocalis. Béni: ‘From our first collaboration I feel a genuine connection with this great ensemble. For me, the chorus is defined by the intensity and clarity of the choral sound – by the humanity that it expresses. I feel at home in that and it gives me a wonderful foundation to build on, both musically and in the artistic choices we make together for now and the future.
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De Messiah – ‘Verbinden doe je zo!’
‘The Orkest van het Oosten, the Reisopera and the choir Consensus Vocalis, also from Overijssel, gave a heart-warming performance of the Messiah. Orchestra, opera and choir not only engaged the audience, but made them an integral part of the performance.’
Stift International Music Festival – 2019
‘Purcell’s baroque love tragedy was well presented by a strong singer cast. … Transparent choral passages welled up from the throats of Consensus Vocalis.’
Der fliegende Holländer – 2018
‘Conductor and musicians delivered an impressive performance here. The same goes for the choir. The collaboration between Consensus Vocalis and the Reisopera has already led to excellent results. Again, the singers impressed with a (sometimes somewhat raw) choral sound and excellent acting. That ‘Sailor’s song’ was solid in any case’
Wonderful Town – 2019
‘The Consensus Vocalis choir, which rehearsed under the direction of Alistair Digges, nevertheless stole the show with the glowing serenade ‘My darlin’ Eileen’. During the party song ‘Conga’, the choir members also turned out to have more than meritorious dance moves.’
La Traviata – 2017
‘De Nederlandse Reisopera impresses with director Floris Visser’s psychologically highly developed, musically fresh production of Verdi’s opera La traviata. The chorus Consensus Vocalis sings Verdi’s delightful choral scenes fresh, sharp on the beat and euphonious.’