Dutch baritone Rick Zwart began his vocal studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in The Netherlands where he studied with baritone Pierre Mak.
Rick is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a member of the highly regarded opera course under baritone Robert Dean.
As a guest performer at both the Dutch National Opera Academy and Dutch Opera Studio, Rick has performed the title role in Le nozze di Figaro, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Publio in La clemenza di Tito, Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas, and Superintendant Budd in Britten’s Albert Herring.
Rick is also a distinguished oratorio and lied singer having appeared as the title role in Handel’s Saul, in each of the bass roles in Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion and St. John’s Passion, and as the bass soloist in Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Mozart’s C-minor Mass, and Rossini’s Petit Messe Solenelle. Rick also appeared at the 2012 Oxford Lieder Festival.
He has participated in masterclasses with Sir Thomas Allen, the late Tom Krause, Edith Wiens, Claron McFadden, Margreet Honig, Patricia McMahon, Roger Vignoles and Graham Johnson and worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Dominic Wheeler, Ivan Törzs and Richard Egarr.
Recently he was a prize winner at the Summer school of the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst “Mozarteum” Salzburg and won both first prize and audience prize in their Humor in Musik competition.