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Olivia Vermeulen


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Olivia Vermeulen – Mezzosopran

Dutch mezzosoprano Olivia Vermeulen has established herself in recent years as a versatile soloist of international standing. Her opera and concert performances in a wide range of repertoire from early music to 21st century works have fired audiences around the world.

Having celebrated her début at the Opéra National de Paris in 2019 performing the lead role of Abel in a Romeo Castellucci landmark production of Scarlatti's Il primo omicidio conducted by René Jacobs, Ms. Vermeulen joined the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, again under René Jacobs, for an international tour as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni. In the same season, she returned to the Berlin Staatsoper for Abel in Il primo omicidio, 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 under René Jacobs, received rave reviews.

Engagments of the 2019-20 season include her début with the NHK Symphony Orchestra, performing Beethoven's Missa solemnis under Masaaki Suzuki in Tokyo. the role of Sesto in a concert performance of Handel's Giulio Cesare in Moscow conducted by Christopher Moulds, and a revival of Thomas Larcher's Das Jagdgewehr at the Nationale Opera Amsterdam. Her exciting new solo CD, Dirty Minds, with pianist Jan Philip Schulze, was released by Challenge Records, including a release concert at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam in 2020.

Upcoming projects of the 2020-21 season comprise Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto under Christopher Moulds and Mozart's Così fan tutte under René Jacobs in Moscow, extracts from Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer, as well as Wolfgang Rihm's "Andere Schatten" with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and RIAS Kammerchor. Along with the Belgian B'Rock Orchestra, Olivia will tour with a new project entitled "Life and Death" featuring works by Purcell, Blow, Bach and others, before performing Handel's Messiah with the Noord Nederlands Orkest, Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging under René Jacobs, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Hansjörg Albrecht at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. In addition, Olivia will give her highly-awaited debut as Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo at the Zurich Opera House.

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, Mozartwoche Salzburg and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.

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.

V. Bellini

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

Romeo (stud.)

G. Bizet



G. Gazzaniga

Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni (it.)

W. Gluck

Orfeo ed Euridice

Amor (it., Vienna version)


Phénice, Coryfée, un Plaisir, Bergère


Orfeo (stud.)

G. F. Handel


Oberto (it.), Ruggiero (it.)

Giulio Cesare

Sesto (it.)


Teseo, Medea (de.)


Ariodante (it.)


Almirena (it.)

E. Humperdinck

Hansel and Gretel


Ch. Jost

Death knocks

Death (en./de.)

M. Kagel



R. Keiser





J. M. Kraus

Aeneas in Carthago

Barcé, Iris

Th. Larcher

Das Jagdgewehr (WP)


Ph. Manoury

Kein Licht (WP)


C. Monteverdi

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

Penelope (it.)

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Nerone (stud.)

W. A. Mozart

La finta giardiniera

Ramiro (it., de.)

Le nozze di Figaro

Cherubino (it., de.)

The Magic Flute

2nd Boy, 2nd Lady

Don Giovanni

Donna Elvira (it.), Zerlina

La clemenza di Tito

Annio (it.)

Così fan tutte

Dorabella (it.)



E. Naske

Die rote Zora


J. Offenbach

La Périchole


Les contes d’Hoffmann

Nicklausse (stud.)

G. B. Pergolesi

La serva padrona


F. Poulenc

La voix humaine


S. Prokofiev

The Love for Three Oranges

Linetta (de.), Smeraldine (fr.), Clarice (fr.)

H. Purcell

Dido and Aeneas

Dido (stud.)

M. Ravel

L’Enfant et les Sortilèges

L’Enfant (fr.)

G. Rossini

La Cenerentola

Angelina (it.)

Il barbiere di Siviglia


A. Scarlatti

Penelope la Casta

Elvida (it.)

Didone delirante

Didone (it.)

Il primo omicidio

Abel (it.)

D. Scarlatti

La Dirindina

Dirindina (it.)

A. Steffani

Amor vien dal destino

Turno (it)

J. Strauß

Die Fledermaus / The Bat


R. Strauss

Ariadne auf Naxos


P. Tchaikovsky

The Queen of Spades


A. Vivaldi


Arsilda (it.)

P.-J. Wagemans

Andreas weent (WP)


R. Wagner

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Lehrbube (Alto 1)



J. Weigl

Die Schweizer Familie


J. F. Agricola
Kantate: Kündlich groß ist das gottselige Geheimnis
H. Andriessen
Miroir de peine
J. S. Bach
Mass in B minor (2. Soprano, Alto)
Magnificat in D major (2. Soprano, Alto)
St. Matthew Passion
St John Passion
Easter Oratorio
Christmas Oratorio
Various Cantatas
C.P.E. Bach
Cantata: Meine Seele erhebet dem Herrn
L. v. Beethoven
9. Symphony
H. Berlioz
Les nuits d’été
J. Brahms
Liebeslieder Walzer op. 52
B. Britten
Folk Song Arrangements
D. Buxtehude
Membra Jesu Nostri
A. Caldara
Missa dolorosa
E. Chausson
Chanson perpétuelle
C. Debussy
Le martyre de Saint Sébastien
J. Dowland
Selected Song from the Book of Songs or Ayres
A. Draghi
Stabat mater
M. Duruflé
A. Dvořák
Moravian Duets op. 32
J. Eccles
Mad Songs
M. de Falla
Siete canciones populares españolas
G. Fauré
Th. Gouvy
C. H. Graun
Cantata: Kommt Christen, feiert dieses Fest
G. F. Handel
Dixit Dominus
The ways of Zion do mourn
Occhi miei, che faceste (Solo-Cantata)
Spanish Cantata, HWV 140: No se emenderá jamás
J. Haydn
Stabat mater
Arianna a Naxos
M. Haydn
A. Honegger
Cantique de Pâques
Judith (Servante)
A. Lotti
Solo-Cantata: Dal profondo del Cor
G. Mahler
4th Symphony
B. Marcello
Solo-Cantata: Aure piangete
Solo-Cantata: Zeffiretto soave
F. Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Magnificat (Alto)
Lobgesang (Symphony No 2), (2. Soprano)
W. A. Mozart
Mass in C minor (2. Soprano)
Coronation Mass and Various Masses
The Messiah (Handel arr. by Mozart)
G.B. Pergolesi
Stabat Mater
O. Respighi
Il tramonto
J.G. Rheinberger
J. Rodrigo
Tres canciones españolas
G. Rossini
Petite Messe Solennelle
Stabat Mater
C. Saint-Saëns
Oratorio de Noël (Mezzo-Soprano, Alto)
D. Scarlatti
Stabat Mater
Various Solo-Cantatas
F. Schubert
Magnificat C-Dur
Messe Nr. 5 in As-Dur
R. Schumann
Der Rose Pilgerfahrt
Spanisches Liederspiel op. 74
Spanish Love Songs op. 138
I. Stravinsky
G. Ph. Telemann
Brockes Passion
A. Vivaldi
Gloria in D major
Juditha Triumphans (Vagans)
J. D. Zelenka
German Magnificat

DATES: a selection

All information are subject to change

28 Dec. 2023, 01 Jan./01 Apr. 2024
9th Symphony (Beethoven)
Isarphilharmonie, Munich
Conductor: Joseph Bastian, Münchner Symphoniker
29 Dec. 2023
9th Symphony (Beethoven)
Liederhalle, Stuttgart
Conductor: Joseph Bastian, Münchner Symphoniker
13 March 2024
St. John Passion (J. S. Bach)
Harmonie Heilbronn
Conductur: Case Scaglione, Württembergisches Kammerorchester, Chor der Klangverwaltung
29 March 2024
Matthäuspassion (J. S. Bach)
Isarphilharmonie, Munich
Conductor: Yuval Weinberg, Münchener Bach-Chor und -Orchester
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