Astrid Seriese

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Astrid Seriese (Den Haag / The Hague 1957) was educated at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and at the Academie voor Kleinkunst in Amsterdam. Since 1963 she has been working as an actress on stage (Mephisto, 1983) on film (Blonde dolly, 1987) and in cabarets (Tingel tangel, 1983-1984). But more than anything, she has made a career in music. As a singer she started off singing the songs of Bertolt Brecht in 1983, and was a member of Nedly Elstak's Seven singers and a horn. She also formed the Astrid Seriese/Nedly Elstak kwintet with him. In 1985 she met composer Louis Andriesen, the most influential and renowned Dutch composer of contemporary music. She has been performing his compositions ever since then (Kaalslag, De tijd, Y despues). Their most notable collaboration was M is man music mozart. The music was composed by Andriessen for a BBC television film, directed by Peter Greenaway, starring Astrid Seriese. It was rewritten for theatre group Hollandia in 1990, and performed with orchestra De volharding. In 1985 Astrid Seriese was part of the Dutch entry for the Belgian Knokke songcontest. The Dutch team consisted of three completely different singers: Astrid, Julya Lo'ko and Mathilde Santing. They won the contest, and their collaboration was so successful that they toured the country together (The good thing, 1991).


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