Soetkin Elbers was born in Brussels, where she studied singing at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel with Dina Grossberger, followed by her studies at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität with Kai Wessel. Her passion for baroque music has lead her to specialise in the practise of baroque gesture, through a close collaboration with renowned baroque dance and gesture specialist Sigrid T'Hooft.



Her vast repertoire includes operas, oratorios, church cantatas, contemporary pieces, lieder and many solo baroque chamber cantatas, some of which she performs with baroque gesture. She is a core member of the Brussels baroque ensemble Les Abbagliati and of the contemporary music ensemble Neues Atelier (Austria). As a guest she collaborates with several ensembles, notably with Belgian early music ensemble RedHerring with whom she recorded the album "La Muse et la Mise (en Concert)" (2016).


 

Since her debut at the Theater Aachen as Le feu, La princesse and Le rossignol in "L'Enfant et les sortilèges" in 2012, she was asked again to sing in the world creation of "sweetieorpheus_27" by Ole Hübner in 2013 and joined the ensemble as a young singer in 2013/14, performing the parts of first wood-sprite in "Rusalka", Tebaldo in "Don Carlo" and Fiametta in "Die Banditen" by Offenbach. Following roles in Aachen included Jano in "Jenůfa" and Dorinda in Händels "Orlando". During the season 2016/17 Soetkin is again re-invited to Aachen to sing the parts of Hodel in "Fiddler on the Roof" and Amour in the Paris version of Gluck's "Orphée et Eurydice".


 

In 2014 Soetkin was heard at the Stephansdom in Vienna with Bach Consort Wien under Rubén Dubrovsky, a concert that was broadcast by Austrian tv-channel ORF2 and in August of that year she sang the soprano parts in "Pigmalion" and "Anacréon" by Rameau with L’Orfeo Barockorchester (dir.: Michi Gaigg) at the donauFESTWOCHEN im strudengau (Austria).


 

During the Wiener Festwochen 2010 she debuted in Musikverein under Marino Formenti, performing "Credentials" by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati (broadcast by Austrian radio ORF). Later that year she received positive reviews (Opernwelt, FAZ) for singing the part of Diana in "L'Oracolo del Fato" by Gasparini in Schloss Damtschach (Austria). She was re-invited to Schloss Damtschach in 2012 to sing the parts of Euridice and Amore in "Orfeo ed Euridice" by Fux.


 
While still a student in 2007 she made her opera debut at the Opéra Royal de Liège where she performed several soprano parts in "The Fairy Queen" under Sébastien Rouland. In 2008 she sang the part of Dafne in Händels "Apollo e Dafne" under Peter Van Heyghen at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Händel Festspiele Karlsruhe) and in AMUZ in Antwerpen. 2009 included the recording of the vocal pieces on the album "The Forqueray Family" with Magdalena Malec (harpsichord) and Christoph Urbanetz (viola da gamba) for the label Brilliant Classics, and soloist performances of "h-Moll Messe" under Sigiswald Kuijken.


 

Since 2014 Soetkin Elbers hosts her own monthly radio show about music from Belgium, called "Brüssel Zentral" on German internet radio station ByteFM.