Olivia Vermeulen © Felix Broede
Olivia Vermeulen © Felix Broede
MEZZOSOPRANO | ALTO

Olivia Vermeulen

Representation: World

BIOGRAPHY

Dutch mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen has established herself in recent years as a versatile soloist of international standing. She made her tumultuously celebrated debut at the Berlin State Opera, taking the lead role of Turno in Agostino Steffani's L’Amor vien dal Destino under René Jacobs. In addition, she has toured with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer with Mozart's Die Zauberflöte to cities including Budapest, Amsterdam, London and Berlin, further appearing in Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust at Barbican Hall under Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra. She is equally in demand as a performer of contemporary music: in this capacity, she made her debut at the Ruhrtriennale in 2017 with the world premiere of Kein Licht by Philippe Manoury with texts by Elfriede Jelinek. As part of the Musikfest Berlin, Olivia gave a guest performance with Musikfabrik Köln in the Berlin Philharmonie under Peter Eötvös, and is a regular guest at the renowned Kissinger Sommer where she has premiered songs by Wolfgang Rihm. Furthermore, she has been invited by the Bregenz Festival to perform the role of Saiko in the world premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Das Jagdgewehr.

Engagements of the past seasons comprise her role debut as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni as well as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, both on tour with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under René Jacobs. She appeared as a soloist in the frame of Salzburg’s Mozart Week along with Jörg Widmann, and sang Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor under Masaaki Suzuki at the Théâtre du Champs-Elysées as well as at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. With the same work, she also gave her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Daniel Harding. In addition, Olivia made her debut at Opéra National de Paris singing the role of Abel in Alessandro Scarlatti’s Il Primo Omicidio under René Jacobs, and appeared as Fjodor in a concert performance of Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado.

Further highlights include Ramiro in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with Andrew Parrott and the Munich Radio Orchestra, the title role in Handel’s Teseo under Federico Maria Sardelli in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, as well as the title role in Vivaldi’s Arsilda at the Grand Theatre Luxembourg, Opéra de Lille and Versailles’ Opéra Royal under Václav Luks. Olivia also sang Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito under Stefano Montanari in Moscow, Cherubino in an Aix-en-Provence Festival production at the Opéra de Dijon under Jonathan Cohen, and gave a guest appearance in the same production under Andreas Spering in Bahrain.

Further major roles of her operatic repertoire include Ariodante (Ariodante), Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Idamante (Idomeneo), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Angelina (La Cenerentola), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel) and L'Enfant (L’enfant et les sortilèges).

A passionate exponent of the Classical and Baroque repertoire, Olivia Vermeulen has performed in Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor under Masaaki Suzuki in Tokyo (the latter a Gramophone award-winning CD released by BIS Records), and has extensively toured with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under Helmuth Rilling. Bach’s St Matthew Passion will also be at the heart of several concert appearances during the season 2019/2020, where she will appear as a soloist with the Noord Nederlands Orkest under Reinhard Goebel as well as with the Residentie Orkest under Matthew Halls. In the frame of the Schleswig Holstein Musik Festival 2020, Olivia can eventually be heard with Mendelssohn’s version (1841) of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Lübeck, with Masaaki Suzuki conducting the NDR Chor and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. The collaboration with Masaaki Suzuki will furthermore lead her to Japan for a series of concerts with Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Bach Collegium Japan, whereas at the French Festival de La Chaise-Dieu she will sing the alto part in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Jérémy Rhorer and his Le Cercle de l'Harmonie. In addition, Olivia will give a Lied recital at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and appear in a revival of Thomas Larcher’s Das Jagdgewehr at Amsterdam’s Opera Forward Festival in 2020.

Beyond the opera stage, Olivia Vermeulen enjoys a busy solo career on the concert platform. She has appeared at festivals such as the Munich Opera Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the RheinVokal Festival, the Musikfest Stuttgart and the Handel Festival in Halle, working with conductors such as Philippe Herreweghe, Iván Fischer, Markus Stenz, Marek Janowski, Andrea Marcon, Franz Brüggen, Reinhard Goebel, Michael Schønwandt, Alessandro de Marchi, Konrad Junghänel, Tomáš Netopil, Enoch zu Guttenberg and Lothar Zagrosek.

Olivia Vermeulen studied singing in Detmold with Mechtild Böhme and in Berlin with Julie Kaufmann. She took part in various Lieder classes given by Wolfram Rieger and Axel Bauni, and participated in masterclasses with Andreas Scholl, Thomas Quasthoff, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Irwin Gage. She currently receives vocal coaching from Margreet Honig.

Numerous radio and CD recordings document the output of this versatile singer.

2019 | 2020

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DISCOGRAPHY

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Edition musikFabrik 15 - Sturm
Olivia Vermeulen, Peter Schöne, Peter Brötzmann, Dirk Rothbrust, Marino Pliakas,
Ensemble Musikfabrik
Conductors: Jean Deroyer, Emilio Pomarico, Christian Eggen
Label: Wergo | 2019
 

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John Eccles: The Mad Lover
Works by John Eccles, Gottfried Finger
Capella Orlandi Bremen
Conductor: Thomas Ihlenfeldt
Label: CPO | 2018

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Georg Friedrich Händel: Didone Abbandonata
Robin Johannsen, Olivia Vermeulen, Namwon Huh, Antonio Giovannini, Julia Böhme, Polina Artsis
Lautten Compagney
Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner
Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi | 2018

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Magnificats
Joélle Harvey, Olivia Vermeulen, Iestyn Davies, Thomas Walker, Thomas Bauer
Arcangelo
Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
Label: Hyperion | 2018

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VIDEOS

CALENDAR

Georg Friedrich Handel: Messiah

Joanne Lunn, soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, alto
Seil Kim, tenor
Roderick Williams, bass

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Bach Collegium Japan

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Georg Friedrich Handel: Messiah

Joanne Lunn, soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, alto
Seil Kim, tenor
Roderick Williams, bass

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Bach Collegium Japan

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Georg Friedrich Handel: Messiah

Joanne Lunn, soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, alto
Seil Kim, tenor
Roderick Williams, bass

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Bach Collegium Japan

W.A. Mozart: Requiem KV 626
Eric Whitacre: Lux aurumque
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 0 in D minor

Hansjörg Albrecht, conductor
Sophie Klußmann, soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, mezzosoprano
Andreas Post, tenor
Yorck Felix Speer, bass
Münchner Bach-Chor, chorus
Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento

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W.A. Mozart: Requiem KV 626
Eric Whitacre: Lux aurumque
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 0 in D minor

Hansjörg Albrecht, conductor
Sophie Klußmann, soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, mezzosoprano
Andreas Post, tenor
Yorck Felix Speer, bass
Münchner Bach-Chor, chorus
Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento

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