Renée van Wegberg is a versatile singer and actress, best known for her work in theater.
In 2017 Renée portrayed the Dutch singer Liesbeth List in the autobiographical musical about her life. For this part she won the Musical Award for Best Female Lead in 2018. In the autumn of 2019 Van Wegberg toured the country with her four- and five-star rated theater concert Renée van Wegberg sings List, Shaffy & Piaf. Afterwards she performed with the songs of Alanis Morissette.
In season 2020/2021 Renée will be seen with her new one-woman show Renée Doet De Dames, where she will pay a tribute to the songs of Dutch female singers. Following this tour, which will run until February 2021, she will once again be seen, as Alison Bechdel, on the reprise tour of the award-winning musical Fun Home. Fun Home was seen in the International Theater Amsterdam (ITA) for two weeks in the summer of 2019. Van Wegberg also won the Musical Award for Best Female Lead in January 2020 for this last role. In August 2021, Renée will play the lead in De Freule, a new musical about the rebellious Judith van Dorth.
Even before she graduated at Music Conservatory of Rotterdam, she performed her first major role in the family musical Annie (2005), Grace Farrell. From there, one role after another followed. She went to Cologne to join the German cast of We Will Rock You (2008) and returned to play the Narrator in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2008). For this role she was nominated for a Musical Award for Best Female Lead. After this vocally challenging role Renée was able to show her comical side in Urinetown (2010). In the coveted role of Elphaba, the green witch in the hit musical Wicked (2011), she flew on her broomstick through the Circus Theater in Scheveningen and a wish was crossed off her bucket list.
Other musicals that Renée has to her name are Expeditie Eiland (2018), the musical comedy Nonsens (2016), Vijftig Tinten.. De Parodie (2014) and she played Suzanne in Tick Tick Boom! (2014), for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Renée was part of the female cast of the world famous Vagina Monologues (2011), played in the hilarious Hommage to Hitchcock De Man Die Het Wist / The Man Who Knew Too Much (2013) and in the stage comedy Kinderen Geen Bezwaar (2014).
Besides her theatre concerts Renée van Wegberg zingt List Shaffy & Piaf (2019), and Renée Doet De Dames (2020), Renée was a soloist in Vive La France (2015), Vive La France 2 (2017) and played Maria Magdalena in the concert version of Jesus Christ Superstar (2013/2015). She participated in Musicals in Ahoy (2006), Musical Classics (2012) and she was a soloist at the jubilee concert for Queen Beatrix. She toured in China with the Symphonic Impulse Orchestra, and contributed at an homage to the Dutch writer Annie M.G. Schmidt and Stephen Sondheim in the M-Lab theatre in Amsterdam. The last few years she performed as a regular guest in A Night Between The Stars in the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht.
Renée has been a voice actress for over ten years and did voice recordings for many cartoons. She recorded the voice of Queen Iduna, mother of Elsa and Anna in Frozen 2 (2019) and Sina in the Disney movie Vaiana (2016). She can also be heard in Paw Patrol, Barbie’s Dreamhouse Adventures, Moomin Vallei, Spirit Riding Free, and All Hail King Julian.
Since 2013 Renée is a singing coach helping other singers, amateurs and professional to develop their singing technique and storytelling.