Dutch baritone Raoul Steffani has quickly established himself as one of the leading Dutch singers of his generation. He was awarded several prizes: the Dutch Classical Talent Audience Award (2018), the Grachtenfestival Prize (2016 & 2018), the
Elisabeth Evertsprijs (2016) after which he was invited to make recital debuts at major concerts halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Megaron Concert Hall in Athens, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Spain, Hamburg, Paris, Munich and Vienna.
He studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and at the Conservatoires in Amsterdam and Tilburg, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He continues working with his longtime vocal coach Margreet Honig and is frequently taking masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Christa Ludwig, Dame Felicity Lott and Elly Ameling a.o. From 2016 till 2018 he was a member of the Dutch National Opera Academy, where he debuted the role of Guglielmo (Così fan tutte).
Upcoming roles on the operatic stage are Ned Keene (Peter Grimes / Britten) and Angelo
(Das Liebesverbot / Wagner). Performed roles include Eisenstein as well as Falke (Die
Fledermaus), Papageno (Die Zauberföte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Aeneas (Dido and
As an oratorio soloist, he sang a.o. Matthäus Passion and Johannes Passion by
J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Oratorio de Noël by
Saint-Säens, Messiah by Händel and Carmina Burana by Orff.
He sang as a soloist under the baton of a.o. Sir Mark Elder, Vladimir Jurowsky, David
Zinman, Sigiswald Kuijken, Ed Spanjaard, Jos van Veldhoven, Anthony Hermus and Enrico
Delamboye. Among the orchestras he performed with are the Royal Concertgebouw
Chamber Orchestra, Camerata RCO, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, philharmonie
zuidnederland and the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra.
Raoul Steffani is also fond of the song repertoire. Alongside German song specialist Gerold
Huber, Raoul released his debut-cd Deep in a dream in 2018 to high praises in the
international press. As an active recitalist, he performs regularly important concert halls including the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw a/h IJ,
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, International Chamber Music Festival led by Janine Jansen in Utrecht and Música en Segura in Spain. He is a returning guest and ambassador of the International Lied Festival Zeist. He often appears on Dutch national radio and television, as a guest soloist in programs such as Podium Witteman, De Tiende van Tijl and Podium on Tour.