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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


Praised for the “exceptional wealth of colors” of her voice (Opernwelt) and her singing of “exquisite, inexhaustibale sweetness” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), Olivia Vermeulen has established herself as one of the leading vocal artists in today’s classical music world. Her opera and concert performances in a wide range of repertoire from early music to 21st century works have stunned audiences around the world. 

Celebrating her début at the Opéra National de Paris in 2019 in a Romeo Castellucci landmark production of Scarlatti’s Il primo omicidio conducted by René Jacobs, Ms. Vermeulen will also during this season join Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort for a European tour of J.S. Bach’s St Matthews’s Passion and an international tour as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and René Jacobs. Upcoming engagements also include her returns to the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, where in 2016 she had made her tumultuously celebrated début in the lead role of Turno in Steffani’s Amor Vien dal Destino under René Jacobs. 2018 saw her début with the Berliner Philharmoniker in a performance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor conducted by Daniel Harding. Her interpretation of the role of Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, performed on a 2018 worldwide tour with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra lead by René Jacobs, received rave reviews.

Olivia Vermeulen has frequently worked with eminent conductors such as René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Pablo Heras-Casado, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Michael Schønwandt, Lothar Zagrosek, Andrea Marcon, Giovanni Antonini, Iván Fischer, Markus Stenz, Frans Brüggen, Reinhard Goebel, Alessandro de Marchi, and Tomáš Netopil. She has appeared with many of the world’s most distinguished orchestras, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, and Camerata Salzburg, and has been invited to appear at leading festivals including the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, Ruhrtriennale, the Festival International d’Opéra Baroque & Romantique de Beaune, Munich Opera Festival, Musikfest Berlin, Kissinger Sommer, Rheingau Music Festival, and Mozartwoche Salzburg. 

A champion of an unusually wide range of repertoire spanning five centuries, Olivia starred at the 2018 Bregenz Festival in the world premiere of Thomas Larcher’s opera Das Jagdgewehr. She has premiered songs by Wolfgang Rihm and celebrated her début at the Ruhrtriennale festival in 2017 with the world premiere of Kein Licht by Philippe Manoury. On the opera stage, she recently appeared in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera, sang the title role in Händel’s Teseo in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, and appeared as the eponymous queen in Vivaldi’s Arsilda at the Grand Theatre Luxembourg, Opéra de Lille and the Opéra Royal Versailles. Furthermore, she recently sang Fyodor in Boris Godunov in Amsterdam and Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito in Moscow, as well as Cherubino in an Aix-en-Provence Festival production of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opéra de Dijon. 

A native of the Netherlands, Olivia Vermeulen studied in Detmold, Germany, and in Berlin with Julie Kaufmann, and worked in masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Andreas Scholl, Thomas Quasthoff, and Irwin Gage. Among many other distinctions and awards, she won the Bavarian Radio International Lied Competition “La Voce” in 2008. As a widely recorded and broadcast artist, her recent recording of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor won awards and international critical praise (Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan, BIS Records 2016). Her latest CD release of G.F. Händel’s version of Didone abbandonata (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/SONY 2018) also received great critical acclaim worldwide.

" 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

 

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

W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Budapest Festival Orchestra / Iván Fischer
Amsterdam / London / Berlin

CD recording of Didone abbandonata (Handel/Vinci) for Sony/BMG with Lauttencompagney Berlin

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

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 Rhein Vokal Festival
Lauttencompagney Berlin/Wolfgang Katschner
SWR Radio broadcast

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

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

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

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

" 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

 

General Management:

Machreich Artists Management
Alexander Brunner
Beatrixgasse 26/5/42
A-1030 Vienna
Austria
Tel: +43 (0)5 068 00 11
www.machreich-artists.com
brunner@machreich-artists.com

 

KulturKontor Artist Management
Regine Dierse
Papenhuder Str. 34
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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