In 2015, Dutch tenor Mitch Raemaekers made his debut at Nationale Opera & Ballet (NL) as 'Le Fils' in Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Poulenc). He was then invited to create the role of 'Arie' in the family opera Hondenhartje (Maier; van Geel) and made appearances in Das Floß der Medusa (Henze) and Oedipe (Enescu). In 2019, Mitch joined International Opera Academy Gent (BE) for a production of Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, singing the role of 'Contino Belfiore'. In 2021 and 2022 Mitch participated in the open-air summer extravaganza’s Storm & Drang and Expeditie op drift of Opera Nijetrijne (NL). In 2022 he also made his debut with Opera Zuid (NL), singing the role of ‘Snout’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten). Mitch is a sought-after soloist for ensembles such as Collegium Ad Mosam and Kamerkoor Maastricht, the latter of which will cast him as evangelist in their next performance of the Johannes Passion of J.S. Bach.
"[...} A lot of things are going on vocally in the subsequent part, but the voice of tenor Mitch Raemaekers resounds from the hubbub, crystal clear, with an impressive phrase: Und wann kommt Rettung?"
François van den Anker, Place de l'Opera
Mitch has been part of the ENOA community (European Network of Opera Academies) since 2015 and he has visited the Britten-Pears-Young-Artist-Programme (UK) several times since 2016, attending masterclasses on Benjamin Britten's song repertoire by Roger Vignoles, Dame Ann Murray and Sir Thomas Allen, and working on Bach cantates with Philippe Herreweghe. Afterwards, a recital series followed at the Red House, as well as an Alumni concert at Jubilee Hall. Mitch attended more masterclasses, with Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, Robert Holl and Malcolm Martineau, in 2019 during the Internationaal Lied Festival Zeist (NL). In 2021 Mitch was invited to the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (BE) to work on French opera repertoire with José van Dam, Sophie Koch and Stéphane Degout. in 2023 he participated in the very first masterclass hosted by the IVC ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL), where he worked with Margreet Honig, Rosemary Joshua and Andrew Watts.
Mitch studied classical singing at the Conservatory of Maastricht with Axel Everaert. He then earned his masters in musicology at the KU Leuven (BE) cum laude, writing a thesis on Riccardo Zandonai's opera Francesca da Rimini. Mitch is being coached by director David Freeman and vocal coach Manuela Ochakovski.