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MARIE VASSILIOU is an internationally acclaimed soprano, who has graced prestigious operatic stages and concert platforms in Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan,  Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, USA, and the UK. She has appeared in venues that include the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, and worked with such conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Sir David Willcocks, Martyn Brabbins, Edward Gardner, Vernon Handley, Wayne Marshall, Peter Rundel and Clark Rundell.

Marie Vassiliou

MARIE VASSILIOU is an internationally acclaimed soprano, who has graced prestigious operatic stages and concert platforms in Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan,  Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, USA, and the UK. She has appeared in venues that include the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, and worked with such conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Sir David Willcocks, Martyn Brabbins, Edward Gardner, Vernon Handley, Wayne Marshall, Peter Rundel and Clark Rundell.

 

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Love Journeys and For Angel

I am absolutely thrilled to have another go at performing a vocal work which is very close to my heart, Love Journeys, by talented friend and colleague, Jacques Cohen. The performance will take place on Thurs 17th May, 7.45pm, at Purcell Room, South Bank Centre. It is a beautiful, rich, varied work for solo soprano and string ensemble, with settings of James Joyce (selected poems from his ‘Chamber Music’). I will perform with the Cohen Ensemble and Jacques himself conducting.  I have had the good fortune to sing many new works in my career, many of them, as this one, written for me, but this one really belongs in my top 5 list. It is gratifying to sing and listen to, it is written with innate understanding of the human voice, it is both beautiful, intense, light, dark…definitely worth listening to!Do come along if you are free. The piece follows the progress of a young love affair that begins in Spring amid the resplendent Irish countryside and ends in late Autumn out at sea.

There are several other stunning works in the programme:  https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/122097-cohen-ensemble-transfigured-2018

One other particular work from the programme which deserves special mention is the premiere of ‘For Angel’, a piece written in tribute to the sorely missed David Angel, who was the leader of the second violins, last time I performed this work. I hadn’t seen David for many years before that concert, and was thrilled to be able to tell him how his words had made such an impact on me when I was young. As a violinist in the Brent Youth Symphony and in one sectional rehearsal I remember David (who was teaching us) being asked, ‘How long should we practise the violin for each day?’ ‘With the violin, or without the violin?’ was his response and his words have stayed with me forever more, as I realised thanks to him, so early on in my development, the power and efficiency of mental practice.  ‘For Angel’ commemorates David Angel who passed away last year. Best known as the 2nd violin of the Maggini Quartet, David led the 2nd violins in the Cohen Ensemble for many years and made a huge impact on music-making in this country both as a performer and pedagogue. Based around his initials (DEA) this piece exploits these open strings of the violin whilst the absent principal 2nd violinist (whose chair remains empty throughout) is eventually heard off-stage.

Sea Symphony

‘Flaunt out oh Sea, your separate flags of nations!…Behold the sea itself’

What a bold and empowering work Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony is. It is mighty! I had my first go at it with the superb Jacques Cohen conducting and his wonderful band of players and singers.

 

Royal Academy of Music

I am thrilled and honoured to announce that I will join the Royal Academy of Music vocal staff. I am much looking forward to it all. I will also continue working at my beloved Guildhall.

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Had a fabulous time as part of the Classical Voice Training teaching team, along with Janice Chapman, James Platt, Andrew Follin, Ron Morris and Mandy Demetriou. 

On another note, I just saw this lovely photo of my student Sian Dicker (soprano) who won this year’s Voice of the Future Competition at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.  

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Soprano

Opera, Oratorio, Concert and Recital

Known as  a musician’s singer, lyric soprano Marie Vassiliou, is often praised for her warmth, humanity and engaging presence, as well as her poetic interpretations, focus, vocal flexibility, clarity and beauty of tone. She is an extremely versatile artist, with a flair for lesser known works and experience in performing music which ranges from the baroque era to the present day.

Researcher

Research and professional development

The staff professional development programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, is second to none and has allowed Marie to develop a passionate interest in research. Most recently she has completed an MA  at the Institute of Education, which allowed her to complete her first research project proper. This looked at the notion of fearless performance and flow in vocal performance and whether it can be taught.

Educator

Teaching, coaching, examining, adjudicating, workshops and masterclasses

 Marie has maintained a strong interest in teaching throughout her singing life. Since 2005 Marie has been teaching and coaching at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama; apart from one-to-one teaching she gives classes in Historical Performance style and became a Masters mentor in 2008

The Melicus Duo

The subtlety, intimacy and sophistication of the song repertoire have become increasingly central to Marie’s focus. She performs regularly with her duo partner, pianist, Nico de Villiers. Together they form the Melicus Duo and have been working together since early 2011; they are both passionate about exploring the song repertory. Engagements have included recitals for: Buckingham Festival, Leeds Lieder, Music at the Old Chapels, St Lawrence Jewry Festival and Song in the City evening series.  Nico and Marie delight in creating imaginative and inventive programmes and like to programme mainstream repertoire, as well as unjustly neglected works. They are preparing several programmes for upcoming UK recital engagements and a tour of South Africa and have recently recorded the first ever disc devoted entirely to the songs of Dutch-American composer, Richard Hageman. The disc will be released in 2015. The Melicus Duo’s performances of Hageman have attracted much interest and have led to several invitations, including a performance at the opening of the Hageman Aquaduct, in Hageman’s birthplace, Leeuwarden, later this year.

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Discography

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