In May 2011 mezzo-soprano Karin Strobos got the chance to jump in as Octavian in the Rosenkavalier of R. Strauss by the National Opera in Amsterdam under the baton of Sir Simon Rattlle. This was a big success and the start of a wonderful career.
From January 2014 Karin works as a soloist in the Aalto opera theatre in Essen (Germany) and there she has the opportunity to build out her repertoire. She sings roles like Charlotte, Dorabella, Idamante, Zerlina, Cherubino, Mercedes, Suzuki, Armado, Rosina, Siébel, Adalgisa, Hänsel, Dorabella, Donna Elvira and more. The coming season of the Aalto Theatre (2019-2020) Karin will also sing Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier.
From 2009 till 2011 Karin had a contract with Opera Zuid (Maastricht), performing roles like Octavian, Cherubino, Hansel, Varvara and Boulotte. She came back to Maastricht in 2015 as Cenerentola.
Besides in Der Rosenkavalier Karin also worked for the National Opera in Amsterdam as Flora (La Traviata) and Phenice (Armide). For The Nederlandse Reisopera she sang Cherubino, Flora, Rosina and the Composer (Ariadne of Naxos).
Besides opera Karin performed as a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Gelders Orkest. In Belgium she sang Mahler IV with Filharmonie of Vlaanderen under Edo de Waart. The Rotterdam Philharmonic invited her for another series of ‘Musical meets Opera’ in 2017-18.
Karin loves to sing chamber music. She forms a trio with Daria van den Bercken (piano) and Felicia van den End (flute). She also works with Sax and Stix and Cello8ctet Amsterdam. She has a duo with pianist Else Sterk. Karin sings in several festivals like the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam, where she won the festivalprize in 2011. In the seasons 2017-19 she made a national tour in The Netherlands with Brahms’ ‘Die schöne Magelone’ with pianist Thomas Beijer and actor Sieger Sloot.
In 2019-2020 Karin performs Mahler IV in a concert series in The Netherlands. She sings opera in Essen (Der Rosenkavalier and Faust), and in Rusalka during the Holland Festival 2020.
Karin Strobos studied at the Conservatory of Utrecht with Henny Yana Diemer and in the National Opera studio of Amsterdam.
Karin won several prizes in Holland and France.