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BIOGRAPHY

" IN THE TITLE ROLE OF ARIODANTE, OLIVIA VERMEULEN'S COLORATURA SINGING WAS SO WONDERFULLY LUMINOUS AND CAPTIVATING THAT NO LISTENER WILL EVER FORGET IT. "
- ELEONORE BÜNING; FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

Mezzosoprano Olivia Vermeulen has in recent years established herself as a versatile soloist on major international stages. 

As recently as May this year, she made her tumultuously celebrated debut at the Berlin State Opera, taking the lead role of Turno in Agostino Steffani's opera Amor Vien dal Destino under René Jacobs. In addition, she has toured with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer in Mozart's Magic Flute to cities including Budapest, Amsterdam, London and Berlin, and performed for the first time under Daniel Harding with the London Symphony Orchestra, singing Schumann's Scenes from Goethe's Faust in London's Barbican Hall.

In 2017, the mezzo soprano will make her debut at the Ruhrtriennale in a world premiere by Philippe Manoury. She will also sing the title role in Vivaldi's opera Arsilda (Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Opéra de Lille, Opéra Royal Versailles), and perform at the Opéra Comique in Paris.

In 2018, she will return to the Berlin State Opera as Cherubino.

In 2015 she gave her debut as Annio in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito under Christopher Moulds in Moscow. In Japan she performed in J. S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion under Masaaki Suzuki and participated in a CD recording of Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor, also with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki. 

In the 2013/14 season Olivia Vermeulen sang the part of Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro under Jonathan Cohen in a production by the Festival Aix-en-Provence at the opera of Dijon. At the Händel-Festspiele Karlsruhe and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam she received much acclaim for her performances as Almirena in Handel’s opera Rinaldo with the Lautten Compagney Berlin. Together with this ensemble she also recorded a solo CD of Italian Baroque arias, which will be released by Sony/BMG. 

In 2012 she was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for her Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut with the Radio Kamer Filharmonie under Michael Schønwandt. Another successful debut followed in 2013 at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, as Smeraldine in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, conducted by Tomáš Netopil. 

The mezzo soprano appears regularly at international festivals (Opera Festival Munich, Musikfest Berlin, Handelfestspiele Halle) and on major concert stages, under Philippe Herreweghe, Helmuth Rilling, Iván Fischer, Peter Eötvös, Marek Janowski, Andrea Marcon, Franz Brüggen, Andrew Parrott, Reinhard Goebel, Michael Schønwandt, Andreas Spering, Alessandro de Marchi, Konrad Junghänel, Enoch zu Guttenberg and Lothar Zagrosek.

Olivia Vermeulen launched her operatic career as a member of the Studio of Berlin’s Komische Oper from 2008 to 2010, where she appeared in such leading Mozart roles as Cherubino (directed by Barrie Kosky) and Zerlina. At the opening of the 2010/11 season at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow she took the role of L’Enfant in a concert performance of Ravel’s opera L’Enfant e les Sortilèges, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Other leading parts in her repertoire include Ariodante in Ariodante, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Ramiro in La finta giardiniera, Idamante in Idomeneo and the title role in La Cenerentola. 

Olivia Vermeulen studied singing in Detmold with Mechtild Böhme, completing her training with Julie Kaufmann at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She supplemented her studies with song classes under Wolfram Rieger and Axel Bauni and master classes with Andreas Scholl, Thomas Quasthoff, René Jacobs, Irwin Gage and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Currently she is coached by Magreet Honig. 

In 2008 the rising star won the prestigious international 'La Voce' song competition held by public- service broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. The versatile singer’s artistry is documented on numerous broadcast and CD recordings. 

" In particular, Olivia Vermeulen repeatedly roused the audience to applause between scenes with her heroic and brilliant mezzo soprano, transmuting almost in the same breath into tenderness and resignation. "
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 2016

SCHEDULE

 

2016 - 2017


05.11.2016 – 6 pm, Gedächtniskirche, BERLIN
Bach: Cantata BWV 60 (Alto Soloist)
Achim Zimmermann, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

20.11.2016 – 6pm, Hauptkirche St. Jacobi, HAMBURG
Duruflé: Requiem (Mezzosoprano Soloist)
Hamburger Symphonikern
Gerhard Löffler, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

21.11.2016-25.11.2016, RBB BERLIN
CD recording for SONY/BMG
Handel/Vinci: Didone abbandonata (Role: Enea)
Lauttencompagney Berlin
Wolfgang Katschner, conductor

16.12.2016 – 7.30 pm, SINDELFINGEN
Handel: Messiah (Alto Soloist)
Bach Ensemble
Helmuth Rilling, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

17.12.2016 – 7.30 pm, ESSLINGEN
Handel: Messiah (Alto Soloist)
Bach Ensemble
Helmuth Rilling, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

18.12.2016 – 7.30 pm, SCHWÄBISCH GMÜND
Handel: Messiah (Alto Solist)
Bach Ensemble
Helmuth Rilling, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

23.12.2016 – 7.30 pm, Philharmonie am Gasteig, MUNICH
Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium I-VI (Alto Soloist)
Klangverwaltung
Enoch zu Guttenberg, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

22.01.2017 – 7 pm, Prinzregententheater, MUNICH
Mozart: La finta giardiniera (Role: Ramiro)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Andrew Parrott, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

09.03.2017 – 7 pm,  Slovak national theatre, BRATISLAVA
Vivaldi: Arsilda (Role: Arsilda)
Collegium 1704
Václav Luks, conductor
David Radok, director
DETAILS AND TICKETS

12.03.2017 – 7 pm,  Slovak national theatre, BRATISLAVA
Vivaldi: Arsilda (Role: Arsilda)
Collegium 1704
Václav Luks, conductor
David Radok, director
DETAILS AND TICKETS

17.03.2017 – FLORENCE
Handel: Rodrigo (Role: Rodrigo)
La Nuova Musica
Philippe Grisvard, conductor
more details coming soon

08.04.2017 – 2.15 pm, Concertgebouw, AMSTERDAM
Matthijs de Roo: And the centuries surround me (Mezzosoprano Soloist)
Worldpremiere
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Alexander Vedernikov, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

14.04.2017 – 8.15 pm, Vredenburg, UTRECHT
Wolfgang Rihm: Deus Passus (Mezzosoprano Soloist)
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest
Groot Omroepkoor
Markus Stenz, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

25.04.2017 – 7 pm, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, MOSCOW
Handel: Teseo (Role: Teseo)
Russian philarmonic orchestra
Federico Maria Sardelli, conductor
DETAILS AND TICKETS

15.05.2017 – 6 pm, Hugo Wolf Akademie, STUTTGART
Solo Song recital
Works of Mozart, Schumann, Wolf, Weill, Eisler, a.o.
Jan Philip Schulze, pianist
DETAILS AND TICKETS

19.05.2017 – 8 pm, Opéra de Lille, LILLE
21.05.2017 – 4 pm, Opéra de Lille, LILLE
23.05.2017 – 8 pm, Opéra de Lille, LILLE
Vivaldi: Arsilda (Role: Arsilda)
Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale
Václav Luks, conductor
David Radok, director
DETAILS AND TICKETS

31.05.2017 – 8 pm, Grand theatre Luxemburg, LUXEMBURG
02.06.2017 – 8 pm, Grand theatre Luxemburg, LUXEMBURG
Vivaldi: Arsilda (Role: Arsilda)
Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale
Václav Luks, conductor
David Radok, director
DETAILS AND TICKETS

13.06.2017 – 8 pm, Theatre de Caen, CAEN
15.06.2017 – 8 pm, Theatre de Caen, CAEN

Vivaldi: Arsilda (Role: Arsilda)
Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale
Václav Luks, conductor
David Radok, director
DETAILS AND TICKETS

23.06.2017 – 8 pm, Opéra de Versailles, VERSAILLES
25.06.2017 – 3 pm, Opéra de Versailles, VERSAILLES

Vivaldi: Arsilda (Role: Arsilda)
Collegium 1704
Collegium Vocale
Václav Luks, conductor
David Radok, director
DETAILS AND TICKETS

 

HIGHLIGHTS 2016

A.STEFFANI: Amor vien dal Destino
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin/René Jacobs
Staatsoper Berlin

R. SCHUMANN: Scenes from Goethe's Faust
London Symphony Orchestra/Daniel Harding
Barbican Hall, London

HIGHLIGHTS 2015

W.A. MOZART: Die Zauberflöte
Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer
Budapest and Abu Dhabi

J.S. Bach: Matthäuspassion
Bach Collegium Japans / Masaaki Suzuki
Opera City Hall, Tokyo

Song recital at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam
with Jan Philip Schulze

F. Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum
Budapest Festival Orchestra/Iván Fischer
Concertgebouw, Brugge

Solo CD Production at WDR Radio
with Wulfin Lieske

G.F. Handel: The Messiah
Münchner Bach-orchester/Hans-Jörg Albrecht
Herkulessaal, Munich

J.S. Bach & C.P.E. Bach: Magnificat
Tour and CD recording
Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen
St John's Smith Square, London

W.A. Mozart: Missa in C minor
Concert and CD recording
Bach collegium Japan/Masaaki Suzuki
Opera City Hall, Tokyo

W.A. Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Russian National Orchestra/Stefano Montanari
Tchaikovsky Hall, Moscow

M. Duruflé: Requiem
King's College Choir/Stephen Cleoburry
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

J.S. Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium
Tour with Helmuth Rilling

HIGHLIGHTS 2014

G.F. Handel: Rinaldo
Lauttencompagney Berlin/Wolfgang Katschner
Handelfestival Karlsruhe

W.A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Aix-en-Provence Festival on tour
Opéra de Dijon/Jonathan Cohen

Recital at the Kissinger Sommer Festival
Liederwerkstatt/Axel Bauni

J.S. Bach: Cantatas
Herrenchiemsee Festival/Enoch zu Guttenberg

Recital at the Rhein Vokal Festival
Lauttencompagney Berlin/Wolfgang Katschner
SWR Radio broadcast

CD Production at SWR Radio
with Wolfgang Brunner, Baden Baden

W.A. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Aix-en-Provence Festival on tour
Capella Augustina/Andreas Spering, Bahrain

J.S Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium
Akademie für alte Musik Berlin/Martin Lehmann
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

HIGHLIGHTS 2013

S. Prokofiev: L'amour des trois oranges
Residentie Orchestra/ Tomás Netopil
De nationale Opera, Amsterdam

A. Honegger: Cantique de Pâques
Radio Kamer Filharmonie/Michael Schønwandt
Vredenbrug Utrecht

F. Mendelssohn: Ein Sommernachtstraum
Konzerthausorchester Berlin/Iván Fischer
Konzerthaus, Berlin

J.S. Bach: Cantata BWV 80
Radio Kamer Filharmonie/Frans Brüggen
Concertgebouw Amsterdam

F. Mendelssohn: Magnificat
Klangverwaltung/Andrew Parrott
Rheingau Music Festival

A. Dvorák: Moravian Duets
Konzerthausorchester/Iván Fischer
Konzerthaus, Berlin

Recital with Holland Baroque/ Miloš Valent
Dr. Anton Philipszaal, Den Haag

M. Duruflé: Requiem
Groot Omroep Koor/Gijs Leenaars
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Klangverwaltung/Enoch zu Guttenberg
Prinzregententheater, Munich

G.F. Handel: Rinaldo
Lauttencompagney Berlin/Wolfgang Katschner
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

E. Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie/Vassilis Christopoulos
Konzil, Konstanz

" The discovery in this production is Olivia Vermeulen. Her exquisite mezzo soprano timbre proffers an abundance of colours for the constant changes of emotion, and when she sings, heartrendingly and with inexhaustible breath, of her longing to die, time seems to stand still. " - Opernfreund, 2016

PHOTOS

 

 

" ... AND THROUGH THE VOICE OF THE INCOMPARABLE MEZZO-SOPRANO OLIVIA VERMEULEN, WHO GAVE THE ACOUSTIC EXPERIENCE AND PROVED, THAT AN ALTO VOICE CAN BE CLEAR AS A BELL AND SO WONDERFUL, THAT IT JUSTIFIES THE FARTHEST JOURNEY. ... "
- NEUE MUSIK ZEITUNG

" The way in which mezzo soprano Olivia Vermeulen masters the erstwhile castrato role of Turno with furore and eventual humility, is a dazzling moment of opera glory. "
- Tagesspiegel, 2016

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CONTACT

 

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Florian Krumm
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Switzerland
Tel: +41 (0)43 244 86 46
Fax: +41 (0)43 244 86 49
www.badix.ch
krumm(at)badix.ch


KulturKontor Artist Management
Regine Dierse
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D-22087 Hamburg
Germany
Telefon +49 (0)40 357 193 80
Telefax +49 (0)40 357 19 32
www.kulturkontor.de
regine.dierse@kulturkontor.de

 

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