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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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Mahler 4 in Romania

I am so looking forward to performing the beautiful soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony. I have been invited to sing it with the Sibiu Philharmonic in Romania, with the wonderful conductor-composer, Marijn Simons, in the beautiful Sala Thalia. More news and photos to follow.

The Symphony No. 4 in G major by Gustav Mahler was written in 1899 and 1900, though it incorporates a song originally written in 1892. The song, “Das himmlische Leben”, presents a child’s vision of Heaven. It is sung by the soprano in the work’s fourth and last movement. In the score, Mahler specifies that the text “be sung with childlike, cheerful expression; entirely without parody!” It is utterly charming.

Estonia, here I come!

I am thrilled to announce that I have been chosen to represent the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, along with fabulous flautist Philippa Davies, at a 5 day event at the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre in Tallinn. It will be 5 days of looking at improvisation! Each day will start at 10am and finish with an evening concert. There will be all sorts of other performer-teachers from other international conservatoires and we will be put into varying groups in order to practice and learn about improvisation. The event is led by superb pianist and improviser, Anto Pett, whom I had the good fortune to meet at another event, last year.

When I finished my dissertation on Fearless Performance a couple of years ago one of my conclusions was that improvisation was a key tool in nurturing creativity and presence (i.e. the ability to stay ‘in the moment’ during performance). I made a mental note at the time to look into how improvisation might further aid our development as artists. Now is my chance to find out! Wish me luck! I will post again to let you know how it all went!

Wensleydale Concert Series

I feel so fortunate to recently have been able to visit a beautiful part of England, in order to perform in the Wensleydale Concert Series. I had the added treat of meeting some wonderful people, who formed part of an impressively attentive audience. I know just how attentive they were, because of some of the conversations I had with them afterwards-these people know how to listen! The concert series is held in the stunningly beautiful St. Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth and is run by Carol Haynes. The church acoustics are ideal for musical performance and Nico and I were made to feel extremely welcome by everyone involved. I look forward to a return visit some time.

http://www.wensleydaleconcertseries.co.uk/concerts

Spanish Song and Zarzuela Festival

I am particularly thrilled to be a part of my old friend, Carlos Aransay’s Spanish Song Festival this year. I will be performing a beautiful programme of De Falla, Granados, Viardot, Massenet, Pierné and Ginastera, with my duo partner, pianist, Nico de Villiers.

The concert is happening this Friday lunchtime, 20th Nov 2015, 1.10pm at St. James, Piccadilly. Please come and join us if you are free and in town. Entrance is free.

http://www.spanishsongfestival.co.uk/event/spain-in-the-international-eye/

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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

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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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