Maria Fiselier

Soloist - Mezzosoprano
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography

In the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2016.

ORIGINALLY FROM
Netherlands 

STUDIES
Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag

PRIZES
International Singing Competition of ’s-Hertogenbosch

MASTERCLASSES WITH
Brindley Sherrat, Christa Ludwig, Joyce DiDonato

CD
To go into the unknown (7 Mountain Records)
 
IMPORTANT DIRECTORS
Stefan Herheim, Andrea Breth, Guy Joosten, Damiano Michieletto

IMPORTANT CONDUCTORS
Kent Nagano, Mariss Janssons, Lothar Koenigs, Evelino Pidó, Anthony Hermus

PERMANENT POSITIONS
National Opera Studio London

IMPORTANT PARTS ELSEWHERE
Oreste (La Belle Hélène) am Grand Théâtre de Genève, Dorabella (Così fan tutte) im Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Zweite Magd (Daphne) und Alto (Jakob Lenz) am La Monnaie Brüssel, Delia (Il viaggio a Reims) an De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, La Contessa di Ceprano (Rigoletto) und Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) am Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Susie (A quiet place) am Konzerthaus Berlin und bei den Dresdner Musikfestspielen, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Serena (I gioielli della Madonna)

AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Emmy (Der Vampyr), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Otho (Die Krönung der Poppea), Zweite Waldelfe (Rusalka), Sylvia/Proserpina (Orpheus), Prinzessin Clarice (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), Die Gräfin von Ceprano/Maddalena (Rigoletto), Mercedes (Carmen), Orest (Die schöne Helena), Olga (Jewgeni Onegin)

THIS SEASON
Brigitta, Pauls Haushälterin (Die tote Stadt), Paquette (Candide), Prinzessin Clarice (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), Zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Chava (Anatevka), Die weiße Katze/Ein Schäfer (Petruschka/L’Enfant et les Sortilèges)
With so much “early exposure” from her family, it’s no wonder that Maria Fiselier became a singer: her father, mother, uncle and aunt all indulge their passion for singing in their jobs! It was their grandfather who sowed the seeds for all of this. He originally ran an electronics store, but was a passionate, if amateur, music-lover. One day, he secretly travelled to Amsterdam to audition for the chorus of the Nederlandse Opera – and from one day to the next, the whole family had to up and leave their little village of Losser for the big city life of Amsterdam, because, to everyone’s surprise, Grandpa Fiselier had a new job – as a singer in the opera chorus! 
 
From then on, the passion for singing seems to have become ingrained in the Fiselier DNA. Even as a baby, little Maria wanted to become a singer. Her father, a successful bass-baritone soloist, gave her classes until she started her singing degree at the music academy in The Hague. It would hardly surprise anyone that Maria’s sisters also studied singing, even if they ended up taking other paths in the end: her older sister works in the hotel business as a banqueting sales manager, the younger one indulges her love for light music and performs in cabaret programmes and chanson evenings. Asked about her dream role for the future, Maria Fiselier rattles off the major roles for her voice type – Carmen, Octavian, Charlotte (Werther) – only to add: »I want to try out everything. Every role, regardless of how big or small it is, is a challenge.« For example, the breeches role of Oreste in Jacques Offenbach’s Le Belle Hélène, which she sang in Geneva: »I looked like Conchita Wurst, which at first I actually found a bit embarrassing, I must say. But in the end it was a whole lot of fun. As it happens, I did really resemble Conchita!«
 
The mezzo-soprano is an avid lover of French 19th-century opera. But at home she listens to other music: Michael Jackson, for example, or Jeff Buckley. »I was always fascinated by Michael Jackson’s stage presence. For me, his video clips are little works of art.« Are there similarities between the “Jackson Five” and the “Fiselier Five”? Not really. Maria has never performed publicly with her sisters, only at weddings and parties. Though she has with her father, her mother, and more recently, also with her uncle, who has followed in his father’s footsteps and sings in the chorus of the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. Any desire to pass on the singing gene at some point? »Yes, I want a big family with children who sing! But not yet. For now, I’m focusing on Berlin, and all the new, fascinating roles it has in store for me …«

Her performances ...

Sun30.09.19:00The Dead City
Sat06.10.19:30The Dead City
Sun14.10.19:00The Dead City
Wen31.10.19:30The Dead City
Sun18.11.19:30The Dead City
Sat24.11.19:30Candide
Wen28.11.19:30The Dead City
Sat01.12.19:30Candide
Wen12.12.19:30Candide
Fri14.12.19:30The Dead City
Fri21.12.19:30Candide
Tue25.12.19:30The Dead City
Mon31.12.14:00Candide
Mon31.12.19:00Candide
Thu10.01.19:30Candide
Fri25.01.19:30Candide
Sun03.02.16:00Candide
Wen27.03.19:30Candide
Wen03.04.19:30Candide
Fri28.06.19:30The Dead City
Sun30.06.19:00Candide