"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 in Austria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, USA, and the UK. She has appeared in venues that include Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, and worked with such conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Sir David Willcocks, Martyn Brabbins, Edward Gardner, Vernon Handley, Wayne Marshall, Peter Rundel, and Clark Rundell.
She has performed at major music festivals, such as 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, which have included: Belisa (The Nightingale’s to Blame) by Simon Holt (Austrian premiere); The Heart’s Assurance by Tippett (Polish premiere, Wratislavia Cantans Festival); Encantos, written for Marie by Anthony Gilbert (world premiere, performed with Ensemble 10/10); Florence Nightingale (Mary Seacole) by Richard Chew; Mathilda (Cape Gloss) by Mike Westbrook, which was composed as a one-woman opera written especially for Marie; and Love journeys by Jacques Cohen, performed at the Purcell Room with the Isis Ensemble.
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. She has had the honour of performing many scores in the presence of their composers, including Sir Michael Tippett, Judith Weir, Henri Dutilleux, George Benjamin, Joaquin Rodrigo, Julian Anderson, Anthony Gilbert, Ken Hesketh, Simon Holt, Mike Westbrook, and Hugh Wood. Recent operatic premieres have included: Aashi in Yes by Errollyn Wallen (Linbury Studio, ROH2) and Miss Havisham in the one-woman opera, The Lady of Satis House, written for Marie by Jacques Cohen (Tête à Tête opera festival, performed with the Piatti Quartet).
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.