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The young Dutch mezzo-soprano Maria Fiselier is rapidly gaining international recognition for her “exceptionally warm, opulent voice, used with sensitivity” and charismatic stage presence.

Ms Fiselier is a former member of the National Opera Studio in London and of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists programme. At Aldeburgh Music Festival she performed Nancy in Britten’s Albert Herring, conducted by Steuart Bedford in a production by Oliver Mears.

Most recently, she gave house debuts at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Oreste in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène and at Komische Oper Berlin as Emmy in Marschner’s Vampyr, her role debut as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, returned to Dutch National Opera as Marscha in Pique Dame, conducted by Mariss Jansons, and Mademoiselle Dangeville in a concert performance Adriana Lecouvreur at La Monnaie in Brussels, conducted by Evelino Pidò.

Other engagements include Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Serena in Wolf-Ferrari’s I Gioielli della Madonna at Opera Holland Park in London, Zweite Magd in Strauss' Daphne and Alto in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz at La Monnaie, Delia in Rossini's Il Viaggo a Reims at the Dutch National Opera, La Contessa di Ceprano in Rigoletto at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, highlights from Carmen at the Miyazaki International Music Festival in Japan and Susie in Bernstein's A quiet place in a production of Ensemble Modern at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, conducted by Kent Nagano.

In the 2016/17 season, Ms Fiselier will join the ensemble of Komische Oper Berlin, singing Magdalena in Die Meistersinger of Nürnberg, Mercédès in Carmen, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea, La Chatte/L’ecureuil in L’enfant et les Sortileges and Proserpina/Silvia in Orfeo. She will also return to the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Emmy in Marschner’s Vampyr and sing Mozart’s Requiem with Het Residentie Orkest under Jan Willem de Vriend.

Her concert repertoire includes Duruflé’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Honegger’s Le Roi David, Beethoven’s Symphony no 9, Mendelssohn’s Elias and Bach´s Weihnachtsoratorium, Matthäus Passion and Magnificat.

She has already worked with orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the 18th century, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia and conductors such as James Gaffigan, Kenneth Montgomery, Michael Brandstätter, Franck Ollu, Lothar Koenigs and Stefano Montanari.

Ms Fiselier graduated from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with distinction and participated in master-classes with John Fisher, Brindley Sherratt, Rudolf Jansen and Joyce DiDonato. In 2011 she won the audience price at the Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours and received six prizes, including the Young Talent Award, at the 2012 International Vocal Competition in s’Hertogenbosch.


MARIA FISELIER: C. Debussy, Le tombeau des Naïades

"Maria Fiselier, mezzo somptueux : à suivre !", Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Der Vampyr, November 2016
"La voix est claire et ronde, la diction impeccable, le timbre est chaud, c’est une Magdalene convaincante et juvénile. On n’en demande pas plus."
Le Monde, Komische Oper Berlin, Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg, October 2016
"Maria Fiselier est une belle découverte en Oreste. Cette jeune chanteuse Néerlandaise séduit par son beau mezzo et son abattage scénique impressionnant faisant apprécier de solides qualités de danseuse.", Grand Theâtre de Genève, La Belle Helene, October 2015

The stand-out performances came from the Suzuki of the Dutch mezzo Maria Fiselier and the Sharpless of Ben McAteer; Maria’s is an exceptionally warm, opulent voice, used with sensitivity”


Music OMH, about the role of Suzuki in Madama Butterly at Opera Holland Park, June 2013

“Maria Fiselier has a lovely rich mezzo-soprano voice, evenly produced and her Suzuki was a miracle of discreet poise”

Planet Hugill, about the role of Suzuki at Opera Holland Park, June 2013

Maria Fiselier

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Maria Fiselier

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