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).


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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


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.

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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



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




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

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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



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.

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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.