Repertoire


Opera

 

 

 

Marie’s broad operatic experience includes performances in mainstream operas such as La Boheme, Carmen, 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).

 

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

Puccini

La Boheme

Mimi

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

 

 

 

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​​ various​​ pianists​​ and​​ is​​ passionate about exploring the song repertory. Engagements have included recitals for: Buckingham Festival, Leeds Lieder, Music at the Old Chapels, St Lawrence Jewry Festival,​​ Song in the City evening series, Hatchlands, Wratislavia Cantans Festival and Austrian Cultural Institute.​​ Marie delights​​ in creating imaginative and inventive programmes and likes​​ to programme mainstream repertoire, as well as unjustly neglected works.​​ 

 

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.

 

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​​ (the latter performed with the Sibiu Philharmonic, Romania)​​ 

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​​ (at the invitation of Julian Anderson)​​ 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​​ Jacques Cohen​​ Ensemble

 

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​​ Historical Performance. She is a great believer in bringing this music to life with engaging, passionate performances.  Marie​​ performed for many years with Janiculum, an ensemble consisting of soprano, tenor, harpsichord, violin and ‘cello. They often presented​​ programmes which had​​ been carefully chosen because of their connections with the historic buildings they​​ were performed in. Janiculum​​ ​​ 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.

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.