Marie VassiliouRepertoire Opera Marie’s broad operatic experience includes performances in mainstream operas such as La Boheme, Carmen, Pagliacci and Les Pecheurs de Perles, as well as performances in early operas, such as La Calisto and Agrippina and modern operas such as Simon Holt’s ‘The Nightingale’s to Blame’ and Errollyn Wallen’s ‘Yes.’ She has toured extensively, with performances in many parts of the world, including Austria, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, USA & the UK. She has had 2 one-woman operas written for her: Cape Gloss by Mike Westbrook (premiered at the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival) and The Lady of Satis House by Jacques Cohen (premiered at the Tête à Tête opera festival with the Piatti quartet). View list... Composer Opera Role Bizet Carmen Micaela Bizet The Pearl Fishers Leila Britten The Turn of the Screw Governess Brough Stumbling over Infinity Waltraud* Cavalli La Calisto Calisto Chew Mary Seacole Florence Nightingale Cohen The Lady of Satis House Miss Havisham** Dvorak Rusalka Foreign Princess Handel Agrippina Poppea Handel Il Pastor Fido Mirtillo Handel Siroe Emira Handel Theodora Theodora Holt The Nightingale’s to Blame Belisa Janacek Jenufa Jenufa Leoncavallo I Pagliacci Nedda Menotti The Consul Anna Gomez Mozart The Magic Flute Pamina Purcell Dido and Aeneas Dido Stravinsky The Rake’s Progress Anne Trulove Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Tatyana Tippett The Knot Garden Flora Verdi Rigoletto Gilda Verdi La Traviata Violetta Westbrook Cape Gloss Mathilda ** Westbrook Jago Desiree Wolf-Ferrari The Jewels of the Madonna Maliella * written especially for Miss Vassiliou **one woman opera written especially for Miss Vassiliou Concert Performance Marie has a great affinity for and special interest in the oratorio repertoire, as is evidenced by her extensive repertoire in this form. While still a student she was invited by Sir David Willcocks to perform in ‘scratch’ performances at the Royal Albert Hall of Brahms’ Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. These performances made a lasting impression on her and instilled a great love of this genre. Marie has also enjoyed performing some of the great works with voice and (chamber) orchestra; works such as Bach’s Jauchzet Gott, Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Ete, Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Strauss’ 4 Last Songs and Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras. 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. Extensive song repertoire includes works by Barber, Brahms, Britten, Copland, Debussy, Delius, Duparc, de Falla, Faure, Grieg, Richard Hageman, Haydn, Honegger, Ireland, Messiaen, Mozart, Poulenc, Puccini, Purcell, Quilter, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Respighi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rorem, Schubert, Schumann, Sibelius, R Strauss, Tippett, Tosti, Verdi, V Williams. View list... Soprano and Orchestra Barber Knoxville Berlioz Les Nuits d’ete Britten Les Illuminations Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne De Falla Seven Spanish Folk Songs Mahler Symphonies 2 & 4 Mozart Ch’io mi scordi di te (concert aria with piano obbligato) Mozart Exsultate Jubilate Ravel Chansons Madecasses Ravel Sheherazade Ravel Trois Poemes de Stephan Mallarme Sanders In Praise of Gloucestershire Strauss Four Last Songs Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras Vivaldi In turba mare irato Vivaldi Lungi dal vago volto Vivaldi O qui coeli Oratorio JS Bach Cantatas 51, 61 110, 112, 140, 147 191, 209 JS Bach Christmas Oratorio JS Bach Magnificat JS Bach Mass in B minor JS Bach Mass in G JS Bach St John Passion JS Bach St Matthew Passion Brahms Requiem Britten Ceremony of Carols Charpentier Messe de Minuit Charpentier Te Deum Chew Stari Most Copland In the Beginning Durufle Requiem Dvorak Mass in D Dvorak Stabat Mater Dvorak Te Deum Elgar The Apostles Elgar Coronation Faure Requiem Gounod Messe Solenelle de Sainte Cecile Handel Alexander’s Feast Handel Dixit Dominus Handel Israel in Egypt Handel Laudate Pueri Handel Messiah Handel Ode to Saint Anne Handel Theodora Haydn The Creation Haydn Harmonie Mass Haydn Nelson Mass Haydn The Season Haydn Theresa Mass G Ives The Tamarisk Tree Mendelssohn Elijah Moody Songs of the Forest Mozart Coronation Mass Mozart Exsultate Jubilate Mozart Mass in C minor (Sop II) Mozart Requiem Poulenc Gloria Purcell Come ye sons of art Purcell My heart is inditing Purcell On sing unto the Lord Purcell Welcome to all Pleasures Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle Rutter Magnificat Rutter Requiem Tippet A Child of our Time Vivaldi Beatus Vir Vivaldi Gloria Vivaldi Magnificat V Williams Benedicte V Williams Serenade to Music Contemporary Marie has extensive experience in premiering new music. An early experience of performing Jonathan Harvey’s Song Offerings and then an invitation to perform the orchestral version of Tippett’s The Heart’s Assurance at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, led to further invitations from Sir Michael Tippett to perform his works and invitations from many other composers. Marie has had music written for her by John Barber, Richard Chew, Jacques Cohen, Anthony Gilbert, Kenneth Hesketh and Mike Westbrook. She has given British premieres by Dutilleux and Judith Weir. Other engagements have included: Tippett’s The Heart’s Assurance (Poland premiere at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival), Julian Anderson’s Seadrift (BBC Proms season), Anthony Gilbert’s Beastly Jingles (Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia), Gilbert’s Long White Moonlight (Purcell Room with Endymion) and Arlene Sierra’s 3 Descriptions (Royal Opera House Crush Room, with Daniel Becker). She has had the honour of performing many works in the presence of their composers, including Julian Anderson, George Benjamin, Henri Dutilleux, Anthony Gilbert, Ken Hesketh, Joaquin Rodrigo, Sir Michael Tippett, Judith Weir, Mike Westbrook and Hugh Wood. More recent operatic premieres have included: ‘Yes’ (Aashi) by Errollyn Wallen and Bonnie Greer (Linbury Studio, ROH2), ‘Stumbling over Infinity’ by Harvey Brough and Roswitha Gerlitz (ROH2) and Miss Havisham in the one-woman opera, ‘The Lady of Satis House’ written especially for Marie by Jacques Cohen (Tête à Tête opera festival). Her most recent world premiere was Jacques Cohen’s ‘Love journeys’, performed at the Purcell Room, South Bank Centre with the Isis Ensemble View List... Julian Anderson Seadrift George Benjamin A Mind of Winter Alban Berg Altenberg Lieder John Casken Firewhirl Jacques Cohen Love Journeys Luigi Dallapiccola Machados Songs Stephen Dodgson Apollo to Daphne Pascal Dusapin So full of shapes is fancy Henri Dutilleux San Francisco Night Anthony Gilbert Beastly Jingles Anthony Gilbert Encantos Anthony Gilbert Long White Moonlight Alexander Goehr Songs of the Japanese Jonathan Harvey Song Offerings Ken Hesketh Now Springes the Spraye Ken Hesketh Songs in translation Oliver Knussen Ocean de Terre Olivier Messiaen Chants de Terre et de Ciel Tim Salter Life Arnold Schoenberg String Quartet No.2 Arlene Sierra Three Descriptions Arlene Sierra Two Neruda Odes Marijn Simons 3 Poems by KS David Snell Stevie Smith songs Jeremy Thurlow The She-Wolf Michael Tippett The Heart’s Assurance Michael Tippett Songs for Ariel Judith Weir Natural History Hugh Wood Songs to the poems of Pablo Neruda Historical Performance Early exposure to JS Bach and Handel by her college teacher, Heather Harper and ensemble coach, Catherine Mackintosh and then a performance of Handel’s Theodora (title role) with James Bowman, sparked Marie’s enthusiasm for Early music. She is a great believer in bringing this music to life with engaging, passionate performances. Marie has performed for many years with Janiculum, an ensemble consisting of soprano, tenor, harpsichord, violin and ‘cello. They often present programmes which have been carefully chosen because of their connections with the historic buildings they are performed in. Janiculum have released 4 CDs. Other experience includes: a tour of Dido and Aeneas in Japan, with the Purcell Quartet; several concerts with Jeremy Brooker (baryton) and Markus Kuikka (viola da gamba); concert performances at the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival and Palermo Scarlatti Festival; and staged performances of Agrippina (Poppea) with the Early Opera company. Marie has taught historical performance style to undergraduates at the Guildhall for the last 10 years. View list... Blow, Venus and Adonis Cavalli, La Calisto (Calisto) Handel, Aggripina (Poppea) Handel, Il Pastor Fido (Mirtillo) Handel, Siroe (Emira) Purcell, Dido and Aeneas (Dido, Belinda, second woman) JS Bach, Jauchzet Gott (cantata 51) JS Bach, St John Passion JS Bach, St Matthew Passion Handel, Dixit Dominus Handel, Laudate Pueri Handel, Messiah Handel, Theodora Vivaldi, Lungi dal vago volto Vivaldi, O qui coeli Numerous concert programmes with Janiculum, including songs and arias by such composers as: Albinoni, Ariosti, JC Bach, Bononcini, Caldara, Clérambault, Cocchi, Desmarets, Galuppi, Giardini, Handel, Hasse, Lully, Pasquali, Rousseau, A.Scarlatti, D.Scarlatti and Vinci.