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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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Student success!

One of my Guildhall students, Sian Dicker, last night won the Dunraven Welsh Young Singer of the Year competition!

Feeling grateful

My voice is feeling great, my students are growing and succeeding and I continue to feed my hunger for further knowledge through the superb professional development programme at Guildhall. My current interests lie within the fields of coaching-mentoring skills and musical improvisation. It is interesting to start to realise how the two are related! There is much to be grateful for at this time and some very good news which I will tell you about in one of my later posts. Nothing is impossible, lovely people!

Great sessions with Ron Morris

I was very fortunate to have the superb Ron Morris in my teaching studio for today. I always love to collaborate, but it is a special pleasure when it is with someone of Ron’s calibre. Such insights and specialist knowledge!  Hurray!  🙂

 

Finland next!

Am feeling really excited about travelling to Finland again for another excellent iCON seminar. The last iCON was transformative for me and it looks as though this one will be no less inspiring. I will have the opportunity to work with another group of extraordinary musicians, talented, kind and generous. Most of all, I am looking forward to seeing my dear friend from the RCM days, Mona Julsrud!

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Am feeling really excited about travelling to Finland again for another excellent iCON seminar. The last iCON was transformative for me and it looks as though this one will be no less inspiring. I will have the opportunity to work with another group of extraordinary musicians, talented, kind and generous. Most of all, I am looking forward to seeing my dear friend from the RCM days, Mona! ... See MoreSee Less

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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