Judith Vindevogel is the founder and driving force behind WALPURGIS.
With the foundation of WALPURGIS, Judith wanted to create a sanctuary where, in addition to her international career as an opera singer, she could develop a personal artistic trajectory in collaboration with various artistic partners. There was a great need to look beyond the classical opera repertoire and to give the music theater maker more authority and growth potential. The performances she creates are extremely diverse: from large location performances, fairy tale operas, libretto readings to experimental music theater. Some high-profile performances were also shown in French, such as de noces/svadebka/the wedding, Princess Turandot, Fidelio, Haven 010 and the semi-staged libretto reading Silla revisited.
After her Salzburg debut as Papagena in the controversial Zauberflöte by Karl-Ernst and Ursel Herrmann, she sings roles such as Ordogno in Don Quisciotte in Siera Morena conducted by René Jacobs in the Festival für Alte Musik in Innsbruck, Marie in Wozzeck with the Canadian Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the soprano part in Claude Viviers Kopernikus conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw at the Dutch Opera. She can be heard on various CD recordings, including Harawi from Messiaen with pianist Alain Franco and Kinderliederen by Mussorgski, Reger, Bernstein and others with the Hungarian pianist Levente Kende.
Judith is a guest teacher at the Conservatoire de Liège (chamber music), P.A.R.T.S (singing) and the conservatories of Ghent, Antwerp and Brussels (music theater). She gives guest lectures at the universities of Zurich and Paris. Since 2010 she has been coaching singers, dancers, actors and musicians in the F.M. Alexander Technique, both individually and on behalf of, among others, the Social Fund for the Performing Arts, De Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and the Academies.
Credo "My great passion in life is the unknown. A new world is revealed in every book, every music score, every social issue, every encounter. I wish to be rendered speechless and stop for an eye-to-eye and ear-to-ear encounter, to be prepared for an in-depth discussion, in which we talk about what inspires us, what preoccupies us, in the most personal way possible. I want to be able to travel and see things with my own eyes, with my ears pricked up. I want to discover, experience, be inspired and be moved. I have no interest in the gold of Columbus or of Da Gama. Instead, it is the inexhaustible wealth of our imagination that fascinates me. I want to hear stories and learn, again and again, always learn.
I never travel alone. My mates on this voyage are seafarers, whose weather-beaten faces have been marked by the elements, each quite different. Young explorers who cannot wait to discover new horizons. And a few stowaways in search of a better life.
And once we have satisfied our curiosity and the ship is teeming with new stories and new songs we shall return home, where you await us. And we shall sing, each with our own voice, and lay our beachcombing finds and other treasures at your feet.
And who knows, you too may suddenly experience the desire to travel with us. For part of the voyage, because we never stay on land for too long. The sea beckons us like a siren. And so we raise the anchor again, and navigate expectantly, unwaveringly and fearlessly into the great unknown."Judith Vindevogel - Ireland, summer 2011