Me

“Through music, we will realize how similar we all are. This will help us to make the world a little better.

Meneka Senn sopranoAfter receiving her BA in music performance at the conservatory of Amsterdam, Srilankan born soprano Meneka Senn decided to specialize in (early) opera.

She has been a student of acting since age 8 and loves to dedicate these skills to her roles, especially the operatic boy-roles (Hosenrollen).

Her love for opera began when 13 year old Meneka was invited to join the Monteverdi-cycle at the Dutch National Opera , directed by Pierre Audi.

“Is there anything more beautiful than Monteverdi? If Pierre Audi didn’t hire me, things would have been different.”

During her musical studies, she received important vocal impulses from Linda Rands, Robert van der Vinne and Peter Kooij.  After the Monteverdi cycle, she participated in several opera productions at the Dutch National Opera directed by Peter Sellars, Pierre Audi and Willy Decker.  2015-2016 she was part of the Exzellenz Program Barock Vokal in Mainz, Germany,  where she followed lessons with Andreas Scholl among others.

She performed with conductors like  Sigiswald Kuijken , Maris Kupcs , Fabio Bonnizoni and Raphael Alpermann on different operatic projects and sang in the ensembles of Philippe Herreweghe, Peter Philips and Ton Koopman.
February 2017 Meneka was accepted into the Carnegie Hall young artist program in New York where she worked alongside the Tallis Scholars.

“To me,  Art is meant to make the watcher think about his own behaviour. Therefore artists play a crucial part in the society’s mental health. If we (artists) manage to be wise enough to play our cards right, our Art can change the world.”

Meneka is co-founder of the Dutch opera company B.O.O.M! Bold Opera On the Move where she produced and directed music performances untill 2019.
In 2019 she founded a new company called YALA MUSIC. This company will collborate with different musical professionals around europe. More information can be found at www.yalamusic.eu

Season 17-18-19 Meneka performed with the Opera of Pilzn (Czech Republic) in the roles of La Musica and Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. This production was also performed at the Markgräfisches Theater in Bayreuth.

Currently she works with vocal coach Maurits Draijer and lives in Utrecht, Netherlands

Upcoming

  •  Pamina (W.A. Mozart – Die Zauberflöte) with Silbersee. Premiere oktober 20th Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam and another 42 performances through the Netherlands.
    “The beauty of theatre groups like Silbersee is that they go against the traditional operatic style. There will always be places where you can find a traditional Zauberflöte. To me, these days, the real art is to make it different, challenging, and fit for the new creative era we are entering.”
  • Soprano 1 recordings and concert of the Sacre Cantiones by Ivan Lukacic in Split Croatia
  • Soprano solo (C V Stanford – Magnificat in G)
  • Belinda ( H. Purcell – Dido and Aeneas) Netherlands
  • Silvia (J. Haydn – L’isola disabitata) Lithuania
  • Zerlina (W.A. Mozart – Don Giovanni) Netherlands


What other say:
“…Meneka Senn überzeugte mit klarem Sopran…”    “…Senn gives Bach an exciting and sensual future…”
“In de eerste plaats sopraan Meneka Senn als een natuurlijke, aandoenlijke en toch ferme Pamina…”
“…Bezaubernde Sopranistin Meneka Senn in Hosenrolle…”            “…Meneka Senn zingt ontroerend fraai het Agnus Dei…”
“…Meneka Senn zingt ingetogen en met elan de rol van Morgana…”      “Energieke role van Pamina door Meneka Senn…”
“Prachtig gezongen Pamina door Meneka Senn…”      

Meneka Senn Alex Masters MOnteverdi Drusilla Ottone

Operatic roles

  • G. Caccini  Euridice                                                                             
    La Tragedia, Ninfa
  • C. Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea                                     
    Valetto, Fortuna, Drusilla, Amore, Athena, Virtue
  • C. Monteverdi L’Orfeo                                                                         
    La Musica, Euridice, Ninfa
  • F. Cavalli Xerse
     Adelanta
  • H. Purcel Dido and Aeneas
    Belinda, Second woman                                                                
  • G.F. Händel Semele                                                                             
    Iris                                                                                                              
  • G.F. Händel Clori, Tirsi e Fileno
    Tirsi
  • G.F. Händel Apollo e Dafne
    Dafne
  •  J.Haydn L’isola disabitata
    Silvia
  •  W.A. Mozart Die Zauberflöte
    Pamina, Papagena
  •  W.A. Mozart Le nozze di Figaro
    Cherubino, Barbarina
  • W.A. Mozart La clemenza di Tito
    Servilia
  • B. Smetana Die verkaufte Braut
    Esmeralda
  • G. Bizet Carmen
    Frasquita
  • M. Williamson The happy prince
    The swallow
  • C. Saint-Saens La princesse jaune
    Lena