The verTOON Foundation aims to foster the appreciation of the connection of poetry and music in the genre of art song. All the three founders of the verTOON Foundation are active singers as well as teachers. We aspire to produce performances of the highest artistic quality as well as to support students with training, courses, publications and projects on their path of becoming accomplished interpreters of the song repertoire.

We focus on 20th century song repertoire and Jewish vocal music. 

Elizaveta Agrafenina

Elizaveta Agrafenina

Singer, conductor

Elizaveta recently graduated with masters in classical singing from the Conservatory of Amsterdam with Sasja Hunnego. She is quickly becoming recognized for her musical versatility in a wide-ranging repertoire that spans the Baroque period through 21st century contemporary music.

Her operatic career started at the Young Artist Program at Bergen National Opera in Norway, where she performs regularly. Besides opera, Elizaveta performs lieder with her duo partner Satomi Chihara and in various chamber music ensembles, with focus on music by Female, Dutch and Forbidden composers.

Pierre Mak

Pierre Mak

Singer, voice teacher

The baritone Pierre Mak studied classical singing in the Netherlands, then the Mozarteum in Salzburg and Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. His strong passion for lied has led him to perform many lied recitals, with an extra attention to the German Romantic and French lied repertoire. He has sung an extraordinary amount of oratorio performances and many operatic roles.

Next to his busy performance career, Pierre is teaching Lied and Oratorio Class at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.



Sára Gutvill

Sára Gutvill

Singer, voice teacher and language coach

Hungarian-born mezzo-soprano Sára Gutvill studied German literature and linguistics and later classical singing.

She mainly performs chamber music with a strong preference for German Lied repertoire.

She currently teaches German for singers Conservatorium van Amsterdam at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel and at the International Opera Academy in Ghent. Sára also works as language coach at opera productions, e.g. at the Nederlandse Reisopera.

Sára lives in Amsterdam and has a son.