The Dutch soprano Johannette Zomer began her studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam in 1990 with Charles van Tassel, after having worked as a microbiology analyst for several years. In June 1997 she was awarded her Performance Diploma. Her present coach is Diane Forlano,
Her repertoire, as shown in her discography, ranges from medieval music (Cantigas de
Johannettes concert appearances are also many and various. She has worked with Baroque specialists such as Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Frans Brüggen, René Jacobs, Reinard Goebel and Paul McCreesh, but has also worked with conductors including Kent Nagano, Marcus Creed, Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev, Reinbert de Leeuw and Peter Eötvös.
She regularly gives recitals accompanied by fortepiano specialist Arthur Schoonderwoerd or theorbo player Fred Jacobs. She is also a member of the Early Music ensembles Compania Vocale and Antequera with whom she sings Napolitan/Spanish Baroque and Medieval Cantigas.
In October 1996 Johannette made her opera debut as the page Tebaldo in Verdi's Don Carlo with the Nationale Reisopera (the Dutch Touring Opera Company). Since then she has made regular appearances in roles including Belinda, Pamina,
Johannette Zomer sings with such range of inflection and commitment that one almost feels that the works were in her blood by right on Death & Devotion
Gramophone, May 2004, Editors Choice
Zomers natural and unforced soprano rings out true and clear, with vibrato just one of many devices in her expressive quiver on J.S. Bachs Christmas Oratorio with the Dutch Bach Society,
International Record Review, October 2003
2006 / 2007
Discography (recent releases):
Fauré Requiem (HMC 901771) with Philippe Herreweghe
Schubert Songs (Alpha 044) with Arthur Schoonderwoerd, piano forte
Complete Bach Cantatas Volume 19 (CC 0072219) with Ton Koopman
Nuove Musiche, Giulio Caccini (CCS 21305) with Fred Jacobs, theorbo
Leçons de Ténèbres, François Couperin (CCS 20306)