Lieve Geuens is a lyrical soprano, born in Antwerp.
She studied at the Conservatorium of Utrecht, first popular music (voice) and subsequently classical voice, and concluded both studies with a Master’s degree (MM). She received a distinction cum laude for versatile expressiveness.
Lieve studied with a wide range of teachers including: Gabriëlle Boré, Eugenie Ditewig, Udo Reinemann, Cora Cannemeijer, Rachel Ann Morgan, Takako Hara and Pedro Paolo Neves.
Lieve has a certificate in the Pahn method, is CMT (Master) in EVT, has a certificate in vocal (laryngeal) massage, and is familiar with CVT, Alexander technique and the Lichtenberg method.
Popular music: Lieve started out in her career in popular music. She has frequently performed for radio and TV, and has shared many podia with Brazilian, jazz and pop formations. In 1987, during her studies, she released three singles.
She has written pop songs that were also interpreted by other artists (including Mary Coughlan), she has made various CDs of pop, jazz and improvised music and has collaborated with artists such as Georges Moustaki (Paris), Petula Clark (US) and Mildred Douglas. After Lieve had sung backing vocals for them for many years, the Dutch pop band The Nits dedicated a song to her (The Yellow Hotel/Lieve Geuens is Waiting in the Hall).
A collaboration in 2000 with an avant-garde jazz duo (Drum and Tenor) led to a CD that received widespread praise from Jazz Nu (Netherlands), Jazz Journal (UK) and Cadans (US).
Lieve also worked with Gregor Theelen, resulting in two CDs of improvised music that were released by Inua Music in 2003 and 2006.
She has also sung songs for TV productions and cinema releases (including ‘Ook honden gaan naar de hemel’ (‘Dogs also go to Heaven’), ‘Ferngully ‘t laatste regenwoud’ (‘Ferngully the Last Rainforest’), Junglebook and VVN).
Classical music: In recent years, Lieve has predominantly given opera concerts in Europe, and sometimes further afield such as Cuba and Atlanta, US.
Lieve forms one half of a duo with pianist Hein Hoogendoorn, a partnership that is guaranteed to deliver a unique, theatrical evening full of stunning opera arias, where the mood switches between drama and humor.
Lieve has worked in a large number of opera productions in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
Her debut was in 1989 in the opera ‘Rixt’ by Henk Alkema, in the role of ‘Marieke’. She has since worked with other Dutch and Belgian composers, including Chiel Meijering and Jurriaan Andriessen. A selection of the roles that she has interpreted: Pamina and Papagena in Der Zauberflöte (Mozart), Suor Angelica (Puccini), Het zwarte blondje (Jurriaan Andriessen), Bertha in La Poupée de Nuremberg (Adam), Norina in Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Mimi in La Bohème (Puccini), Amina in La Sonnambula (Bellini), to name but a few.
Lieve is soprano with and joint-founder of The Dutch Opera Singers; an ensemble that has been giving opera performances since 2006. With the ‘Tosca eet slakken zonder zout’ (‘Tosca eats snails without salt’) project, Lieve gave a great many concerts between 2000 and 2014 in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France and Germany. She was also affiliated with the choir of De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam (1996-2006).
Lieder recitals also form part of her repertoire. In 2012/13 she researched the work of the Belgian composer Martin Lunssens, and gave concerts of his work. In 2016/17 she gave lieder recitals of works by French and Spanish composers. In 2018, Dutch-language and Russian lieders are also included in the program.
Her oratorio repertoire includes: The St John and St Matthew Passion (Bach), The Messiah (Händel), Die Schöpfung (Haydn), Messe Solennelle (Rossini), and Mozart’s Krönungsmesse and Requiem.
Other theatre performances include: A Frank Zappa project with the Amsterdam saxophone quartet in 1993, a tour with Hans Liberg in Vienna and London in 1999, ‘De Invitatie’ (‘The Invitation’), a mini-opera by Henk Alkema and Guido de Wijs from 2007 to 2009 and the children’s opera ‘Marguerite’, produced by Lieve herself and performed with a small ensemble from 2008 to 2010.
Lieve taught at the Conservatorium of Utrecht from 1995 to 2009. She has been a voice technique teacher in the Jazz department of the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam since 2008. She also gives regular workshops (on request).