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Dutch mezzo-soprano Wilke te Brummelstroete studied at the Royal Academy of Music in The Hague and later under Diane Forlano in London; she also took master classes with Kurt Equiluz and Mitsuko Shirai. In 1991 she made her operatic debut as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. A focus of her work is baroque music—both operas and sacred works—which she performs with such conductors as Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, Nicholas McGegan, and Roger Norrington. Wilke te Brummelstroete is also at home in music of the romantic era, including Les Nuits d’Été by Berlioz, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, and the Verdi Requiem. She has also performed at the Bayreuth Festival, appearing every summer from 2006 to 2010 in the role of Siegrune in Die Walküre. Her recording of Bach cantatas won the Gramophone Record of the Year Award in 2005.