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

Ms Fiselier joined the ensemble of Komische Oper Berlin in 2016/17, where she has since appeared as Paquette in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Candide, Brigitta in a new production by Robert Carsen of Die Tote Stadt, Clarisse/Love for Three Oranges, Magdalena/Die Meistersinger of Nürnberg, Mercédès/Carmen, Zweite Dame/Die Zauberflöte, Ottone/L’incoronazione di Poppea, La Chatte/L’ecureuil in L’enfant et les Sortileges, Proserpina/Silvia in Orfeo, Orest/Die schöne Helena, Chava/Anatevka and Olga in Tchaikowski’s Jewgeni Onegin.

Elsewhere, she has performed Emmy in Marschner’s Vampyr and Oreste in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Susie in Bernstein's A quiet place with Ensemble Modern at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, Masha in Queen of Spades and Delia in Rossini's Il Viaggo a Reims at De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Zweite Magd in Strauss' Daphne, Alto in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz and Mademoiselle Dangeville in a concert performance Adriana Lecouvreur, all at La Monnaie in Brussels, La Contessa di Ceprano in Rigoletto at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, highlights from Carmen at the Miyazaki International Music Festival in Japan and the world premiere of Hector Parra’s Les Bienveillantes, conducted by Peter Rundel and directed by Calixto Bieito, at Vlaamse Opera.

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. With the Royal Flemish Philharmonic she recorded Benoit’s Lucifer in 2017.

Ms Fiselier has also worked with orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Het Residentie Orkest, Orchestra of the 18th century, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia and conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano, James Gaffigan, Kenneth Montgomery, Evelino Pidò, Michael Brandstätter, Stefan Soltesz, Franck Ollu, Jan Willem de Vriend, Lothar Koenigs and Stefano Montanari.

In the season 2019/20, she returns to Komische Oper as Chava, Zweite Dame, Paquette, Olga and adds Maddalena/Rigoletto and Flora in a new production of La traviata by Nicola Raab to her repertoire.

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.

She is a former member of the National Opera Studio in London and of the prestigious Britten-Pears Young Artists programme.

Maria Fiselier - To go into the unknown

Lieder von Gurney, Howells, Britten
Peter Nilsson, piano
7 Mountain Records (6389740)

MARIA FISELIER: C. Debussy, Le tombeau des Naïades

"In the remaining cast, we had a mellifluous quartet [...] Maria Fiselier added spice with a fruity mezzo [...].", Hèctor Parra, Les Bienveillantes - Opera Vlaanderen, April 2019
"Duett „Quis est homo“, das Louise Kemény mit klar timbriertem Sopran und Maria Fiselier mit warmem Alt-Wohlklang gestalteten.", Kasseler Musiktage - G. Rossini, Stabat Mater, November 2018
"Überdurchschnittlich gut besetzt ist die sonst oft farblose Rolle der Brigitta mit Maria Fiselier [...]", W. Korngold, Die tote Stadt - Komische Oper, October 2018
"[...]positive presence on stage [...] Maria Fiselier’s Brigitta. She coped most admirably with the role’s extreme tessitura, soaring easily in the higher reaches of the part.", W. Korngold, Die tote Stadt - Komische Oper, September 2018
"[...] Maria Fieselir eine betörend souveräne Brigitta.", W. Korngold, Die tote Stadt - Komische Oper, September 2018
"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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