Maria Fiselier

Soloist - Mezzosoprano
Ich will alles ausprobieren. Du weißt eigentlich erst,
ob eine Rolle für dich ist, wenn du sie gesungen hast.

In the Ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin since 2016.


Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag

International Singing Competition of ’s-Hertogenbosch

Brindley Sherrat, Christa Ludwig, Joyce DiDonato

To go into the unknown (7 Mountain Records)

Stefan Herheim, Andrea Breth, Guy Joosten, Damiano Michieletto

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

National Opera Studio London

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)

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),
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 …«

Nächste Termine

Sun2Jan16:00The Magic Flute
Fri14Jan19:30The Magic Flute
Thu27Jan19:30Jewgeni Onegin
Sun30Jan18:00Jewgeni Onegin
Sat19Feb19:30Jewgeni Onegin
Sun27Feb18:00Jewgeni Onegin
Tue8Mar19:30Jewgeni Onegin
Sun27Mar19:00The Magic Flute
Sat2Apr19:30La Belle Hélène
Mon4Apr19:00La Belle Hélène
Fri8Apr19:30La Belle Hélène
Sun8May18:00La Belle Hélène
Sat4Jun19:30La Belle Hélène