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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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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.  

Voice training course- professional dev.

I am feeling very excited about tomorrow’s Voice Training course, being held at the Guildhall. I will be on the teaching team and we will have the honour and privilege to listen to and watch some of the most knowledgeable practitioners connected with voice. They will deal with alignment, breathing, movement, laryngeal mechanics, phonation, resonance, registers, articulation, physiotherapy, emotional motor system, teaching, performance and artistry. I can’t wait!

‘Off the Page’ at Guildhall

Well, I did it! I gave a fully improvised concert, along with some superb colleagues from Guildhall- Adrian Brendel, Philippa Davies, David Dolan and Rosie Bowker. Such a privilege to sing with such excellent musicians. We definitely had some fun, with audience members giving us ideas to spark off different ideas and forms. I am finding it fascinating to discover the impact which improvisation has on the performing artist. Speaking for myself, I feel even more present and even more immersed in my performance than when I am singing a pre-composed work. Such a joy to discover this and how this filters into my regular performances. 

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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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