“An arresting musical talent, every note clearly heard and beautifully tuned. Marie Vassiliou is prized for her technique in challenging contemporary repertoire, but also delightful in the classics, whether soulful or virtuosic.”
Stephen Dodgson, Composer & Reviewer
MARIE VASSILIOU is an internationally acclaimed soprano, who has graced prestigious operatic stages and concert platforms throughout Europe, North America and the Far East in major venues and with some of the best known conductors and orchestras.
She has performed at major music festivals, including the BBC Proms and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Her performances have been broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and 4, Classic FM, and Radio France. She has made several commercial recordings of Baroque & contemporary works.
Marie is a passionate supporter of contemporary music, performing in a number of premieres.
She has given British premieres of works by Dutilleux, Tippett, and Judith Weir, and world premieres of works written especially for her by Richard Chew, Jacques Cohen, Anthony Gilbert, and Kenneth Hesketh.
Among Marie’s numerous operatic roles are those of Anne Trulove, La Calisto, Carmen, Dido, Governess, Ilia, Jenufa, Leila, Micaela, Mimi, Nedda, Pamina, Tatyana and Violetta. Handelian roles include title role in Il Pastor Fido and Theodora, Emira (Siroe), and Poppea (Agrippina).
Marie has performed with Baroque groups such as the Early Opera Company, Janiculum, Purcell Quartet, and at such festivals as the Palermo Scarlatti Festival, the Eisenstadt Haydn Festival, and with contemporary ensembles such as Composer’s Ensemble, Continuum Ensemble, Contemporary Consort, Endymion, Ensemble 10/10, and the Philharmonia (Music of our Time series).
Marie has a special interest in song repertoire and works and performs regularly with her duo partner, pianist, Nico de Villiers. They have recently recorded a disk of Richard Hageman’s songs, to be released in 2015.
A recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal and the Constant and Kit Lambert Fellowship, Marie studied at the Royal College of Music in two disciplines—singing and viola.
Marie is passionate about encouraging others to sing and has examined, adjudicated and given workshops and masterclasses. Marie teaches in the vocal department of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
“I saw the soprano Marie Vassiliou give her all as Leila, first appearing behind aquamarine gauze as a silent lady from the sea, then singing in hot flesh and blood. Bizet’s musical exotica flowered from beautifully placed trilling ornaments both in her hymn to Brahma and in her nostalgic Comme d’autrefois.”
The Times, Hilary Finch