Mathilde Santing

Mathilde Santing
Mathilde Santing Photo: Irma van Rijswijk
Mathilde Santing
Photo: Irma van Rijswijk
Background information
Birth nameMathilde Eleveld
Born (1958-10-24) October 24, 1958 (age 63)
Amstelveen, Netherlands
GenresMusical theater
Years active1980s–present

Mathilde Santing (born Mathilde Eleveld,[1] 24 October 1958) is a Dutch singer.

Santing was born in Amstelveen, Netherlands. She started receiving national attention in 1981 after she appeared in a Dutch television program called Sonja Op Maandag hosted by Sonja Barend. Over the next 25 years, she released a steady stream of albums, making her a fixture in the Dutch music scene.

In 1986 she won the BV Popprijs at Noorderslag in Groningen. She was the first artist to win this prize.

In 1993 the album Texas Girl & Pretty Boy was released, on which Mathilde performed 14 songs by Randy Newman. Later she would do the same with songs from Frank Sinatra and Joni Mitchel.

In 1997, she played a role in the musical Joe. The song Inspiration was released as a single. In the same year she had a hit with Beautiful people, a cover of Melanie.

Black's ‘Wonderful Life’ from 1999 is her biggest hit to date.

In the 2006/2007 theatre season, she appeared in the role of Glinda in Joop van den Ende's production of the musical The Wiz.[2]

In November 2012, she collaborated with Todd Rundgren and the Dutch Metropole Orchestra. At the Paradiso venue in Amsterdam Todd Rundgren was backed by three backing vocalists, including Santing, with whom he sang a duet that night. During her career, she covered 14 of his songs.

She the winner of the Buma Cultuur Pop Award (Popprijs) for 1985, the first ion of the award.[3]

She also won three Edisons and a Gouden Harp.

On 27 April 2007, Santing was knighted by Queen Beatrix (Order of Oranje-Nassau).[4]



The ranks in this table are from the Dutch Album Top 20/50/75/100.

Title Release date Date of entering the charts Highest rank Number of weeks in the charts Remarks
Mathilde Santing 1982 07-08-1982 17 11
Water Under the Bridge 1984 14-04-1984 37 5 with Dennis Duchart
Out of This Dream 1987 30-05-1987 22 9
Breast and Brow 1989 04-03-1989 23 18 with Mimi Kobayashi
Carried Away 1991 30-03-1991 27 9 as The Mathilde Santing Ensemble
The Best of Mathilde Santing 1992 25-04-1992 44 5 Compilation album
Mathilde Santing Sings Randy Newman (Texas Girl & Pretty Boy) 1993 08-05-1993 32 17 Tribute to Randy Newman
Ballads 1994 - Compilation album
Under a Blue Roof 1994 -
Mathilde "Choosy" Santing Live! 1996 03-02-1996 58 12 Live album
Matilde, Matilde 1997 06-12-1997 21 17 Compilation album
To Others to One 1999 20-03-1999 4 34 as Matilde Santing, with The Oversoul 13
New Amsterdam 2001 27-10-2001 91 1
Ne9en Levens 2003 20-12-2003 69 8
Under Your Charms 2006 22-04-2006 13 14 with The New Traditions
Forty Nine 2008 27-09-2008 25 2
Luck be a Lady 2011 xx-xx-2011 xx xx Frank Sinatra covers
Half moons, whole truths & heartbreaks 2013 22-04-2013 xx xx
Blue Christmas 2016 22-04-2016 xx xx Christmas classics
Both sides now 2018 22-04-2018 xx xx Joni Mitchell covers
Troublemaker 2019 22-04-2019 xx xx


The ranks in this table are from the Dutch Top 40.

Title Release date Date of entering the charts Highest rank Number of weeks in the charts Remarks
"Behind a Painted Smile" 1982 28-08-1982 tip13 -
"Beauty of the Ritual" 1989 13-05-1989 tip13 -
"Beautiful People" 1997 18-10-1997 21 11
"Inspiratie" 1997 20-12-1997 tip2 -
"Wonderful Life" 1999 20-03-1999 6 13 as Mathilde Santing, with The Oversoul 13
"Lied voor Beslan" 2004 30-10-2004 32 3 as a member of Artiesten voor Beslan
"Als je iets kan doen" 2005 15-01-2005 1 (4wks) 9 als onderdeel van Artiesten voor Azië / Alarmschijf



  1. ^ "The Tapes" (in Dutch). Popinstitiuut. 2008. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  2. ^ "De cast van The Wiz" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  3. ^ "(BV) Popprijs — Poparchief Groningen". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2016-01-09.
  4. ^ "Jack Poels en Mathilde Santing geridderd" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2011-11-07.

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