After attending the Twents Conservatoire in Enschede [Holland] with high scores for singing and piano Armanda ten Brink specialized profoundly in voice techniques and choral conducting and build up a versatile career as soprano, pianist, actress both as musical director and pedagogue.
Armanda’s vocal repertoire includes works varying from Mozart, Rossini, Vivaldi, Charpentier, Haydn and Händel to more op-positional material like Brecht, Orff’s Carmina Burana and works of Bernstein, Poulenc and de Falla, but as well at times she crosses over singing jazz and blues, pop or chansons. She played roles in various theater productions and some were specially written on her skills. One of them, a very gripping interpretation of the life and music of Edith Piaf, took her to Brazil and Chile.
Both as a singer as conductor she also visited Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, Spain, England, Canada and the USA, as well she taught at the Music Academy in Slupsk [Poland], the academy for gifted students in Lingen [Germany], the Tolzerknabenchor in Munich [Germany], The Ely Cathedral Boys Choir in Cambridgeshire, the Artez-Conservatoire in Enschede [ Holland] and the Musikschule Niedergrafschaft [Germany]. With her students she won several international competitions in Hannover, Lübeck [Germany] and Verona [Italy].
Over the years Armanda ten Brink leaded several choirs and theater groups performing musicals as Kiss me Kate, Payama Game, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar and Titanic, as well as different masses and the Requiem of Mozart, the Johannes Passion by Johan Sebastian Bach, works of Rossini and Haydn, Orff, Händel and Bizet. Annually, leading up to Easter, she is a few weeks on the road with an edited version of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. After performing ‘The Peacemakers’ by Karl Jenkins with the Dutch Symphonic Orchestra in Holland and Germany Armanda received the invitation to form a choir in order to participate in the world premiere of his most recent work ’Sing ! The Music was given’ in Carnegie Hall in New York. As well she was honored to obtain Sir Karl’s personal permission premiering the composition in Germany and Holland, both European premieres grew out being memorable events.
For her great commitment and contribution to the cultural life in 2009 Armanda was Appointed Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau by the Dutch Queen Beatrix.
Besides several project and a new [German] theatershow, this year the collaboration with conductor Jan Willlem de Vriend and director Eva Buchman of the Foundation Punto Arte, with whom Armanda worked before in the successful production of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’ in 2015, will be continued in performing ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ in Cormons [Italy] and Reijka [Kroatia] this summer, next year the production will be touring in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.