Olivia Vermeulen © Felix Broede
Olivia Vermeulen © Felix Broede
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Olivia Vermeulen

Representation: World

BIOGRAPHY

Dutch mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen has established herself in recent years as a versatile soloist on the international stage. She made her debut at the Berlin State Opera as Turno in Steffani's L'Amor vien dal destino under the musical direction of René Jacobs, toured Europe with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and appeared as a soloist in Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust at London's Barbican Hall under Daniel Harding and the London Symphony Orchestra. Equally in demand as an interpreter of contemporary music, Olivia has appeared at the Ruhrtriennale and the Holland Festival in Philippe Manoury's Kein Licht and made guest appearances at the Musikfest Berlin under Peter Eötvös. Olivia created the role of Saiko in the world premiere of Thomas Larcher's first opera The Hunting Gun at the Bregenz Festival, premiered several songs by Wolfgang Rihm at the Kissinger Sommer classical music festival, and appeared at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam as Idris in John Adams' opera The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by the composer himself.

As an internationally sought-after concert singer, Olivia Vermeulen devotes herself with great passion to the classical and baroque repertoire. She has performed with Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan in Handel's Messiah, Bach's St Matthew Passion and Mozart's Mass in C minor (the latter being released with the label BIS Records). Equally in demand as a soloist in Bach's Passions, she has worked with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Residentie Orkest The Hague for Bach's St Matthew Passion, while at the International Baroque Days at Melk Abbey in Austria she appeared with Concentus Musicus under Stefan Gottfried as the Sorceress in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, further to a solo matinee featuring works by Geminiani, Handel and Pepusch.

Other important stages in her career to date include her role debut as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni and Dorabella in Così fan tutte, both with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra conducted by René Jacobs. Under the same director, she also made her house debut at the Opéra national de Paris as Abel in Alessandro Scarlatti's opera Il primo omicidio, a coproduction with the Berlin State Opera. In addition, Olivia made her house debut at Opernhaus Zürich as Cherubino in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and returned to the Berlin State Opera for a new production of Vivaldi's rarely performed Il Giustino. In the current season, Olivia will furthermore appear in the world premiere of Philippe Manoury’s Die letzten Tage der Menschheit (The Las Days of Mankind) at Oper Köln.

Together with Jörg Widmann and the Camerata Salzburg, she performed at the Salzburg Mozart Week, followed by Mozart's Mass in C minor under Masaaki Suzuki at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. With the same work, Olivia celebrated her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Daniel Harding. On the solo concert stage, Olivia Vermeulen appeared with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 under Masato Suzuki, in Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Residentie Orkest in The Hague under Matthew Halls, and with the Belgian B'Rock Orchestra under Andreas Küppers in The Hague, Ghent and at the Thüringer Bachwochen. In a collaboration with Jordi Savall and his ensemble Le Concert des Nations, Olivia further performed as a soloist in Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, as well as appearing in Mozart’s Mass in C minor in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe.

Projects in the current season include her debut at the Salzburg Festival in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 under Jordi Savall, Mozart's Mass in C minor with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer and with the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid under Alondra de la Parra, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège under its chief conductor Gergely Madaras, and Mozart's Requiem with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra under Masato Suzuki in Tokyo. She will also perform Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the St Michael's Choir and Orchestra under Jörg Endebrock and will take on the alto part in Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging under Hans-Christoph Rademann. In her role debut as Idamante in Mozart's Idomeneo with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under René Jacobs, she will be heard in concert performances of at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the deSingel in Antwerp, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Konzerthaus Freiburg.

An additional focus of Olivia Vermeulen’s artistry is song and lieder, most notably heard through her highly acclaimed solo album "Dirty Minds", which was awarded the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics and the Edison Klassiek Prize. Together with her lieder partner Jan Philip Schulze, she took the album on tour to the Oxford International Song Festival, the International Lied Festival Zeist, the Gesellschaftshaus Magdeburg and the International Art Centre deSingel in Antwerp. At the Brucknerhaus Linz, the pair gave a recital dedicated to the Second Viennese School, also featuring works by Zemlinsky, Webern, Schönberg and Berg.

Olivia Vermeulen has worked with many renowned conductors in the course of her career, including Frans Brüggen, Alessandro De Marchi, Iván Fischer, Reinhard Goebel, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Marek Janowski, Konrad Junghänel, Andrea Marcon, Tomáš Netopil, Michael Schønwandt, Markus Stenz, Masaaki and Masato Suzuki and Lothar Zagrosek, and has appeared at the Bregenz Festival, the Holland Festival, the Munich Opera Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Rheinvokal Festival, the Stuttgart Music Festival and the Handel Festival in Halle.

Numerous radio and CD recordings are a testament to Olivia Vermeulen’s artistic versatility. Following her first solo disc “Dirty Minds” with Dutch label Challenge Records, she performed the programme in an acclaimed debut recital in February 2020 at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, releasing thereafter her second solo album "Hello Darkness" in February 2022, also with Challenge Records and alongside pianist Jan Philip Schulze.

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DISCOGRAPHY

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Hello Darkness
Songs by Claudio Monteverdi, Billie Eilish, Franz Schubert, Nick Cave, George Crumb et al.
Olivia Vermeulen, Mezzosopran
Jan Philip Schulze, Klavier
Label: Challenge Records International | 2022

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Missa Solemnis op.123
Lina Johnson, Olivia Vermeulen, Martin Platz, Manuel Walser
La Capella Nacional de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations
Conductor: Jordi Savall
Label: AliaVox, DDD, 2022
 

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Dirty Minds
Songs by Purcell, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Schönberg, Berg, Eisler et al.
Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano
Jan Philip Schulze, piano
Label: Challenge Records International | 2020

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Mozart: La Finta Giardiniera KV 196
Sandrine Piau, Julian Pregardien, Olivia Vermeulen, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Susanne Bernhard, Lydia Teuscher, Michael Kupfer-Radecky
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Conductor: Andrew Parrott
Label: Chandos Records | 2023

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VIDEOS

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, KV 427

Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, Alto
Kai Kluge, Tenor
Kresimir Strazanac, Bass

Audi Jugendchorakademie
AKAMUS - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Martin Steidler, Conductor

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Mass in C minor, KV 427

Carolyn Sampson, Soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, Alto
Kai Kluge, Tenor
Kresimir Strazanac, Bass

Audi Jugendchorakademie
AKAMUS - Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Martin Steidler, Conductor

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Lina Johnson, soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, alto
Martin Platz, tenor
Manuel Walser, bass

Jordi Savall, conductor
Le Concert des Nations
La Capella Nacional de Catalunya
Lluís Vilamajó, chorus master

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 »Prague«
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem in D minor, K. 626

Anna Lena Elbert, soprano
Olivia Vermeulen, alto
Martin Mitterutzner, tenor
Hanno Müller-Brachmann, bass

Iván Fischer, conductor
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Orfeón Donostiarra (chorus master: José Antonio Sáinz Alfaro)

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Olivia Vermeulen, mezzo-soprano
Jan Philip Schulze, piano
N.N., speaker

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Six English canzonettas
Arias for Luigia Polzelli
Cantata 'Arianna a Naxos' Hob. XXVIb:2
Letters to and from Luigia Polzelli, Maria Anna von Genzinger and Rebecca Schroeter

The Italian mezzo-soprano Luigia Polzelli must have been a real beauty with her dark complexion, black eyes and chestnut hair. Joseph Haydn also noticed this when he first met her at the Esterházy court in 1779. He promptly fell in love with the singer, 28 years his junior, called her 'Carissima Polzelli mia' and provided her with numerous arias in his operas. The Belgian world-class mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen and her long-time piano partner Jan Philip Schulze are now following in the footsteps of the (married) womaniser Haydn. The musical-literary programme features not only Luigia Polzelli, but also Haydn's good friend Maria Anna von Genzinger and his later London sweetheart Rebecca Schroeter.

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OLIVIA VERMEULEN makes her US debut in Bach's Mass in B Minor
05Apr2024
OLIVIA VERMEULEN makes her US debut in Bach's Mass in B Minor

With the ensemble and choir of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Olivia Vermeulen makes her US debut as a soloist in Bach's Mass in B minor under the direction of Masaato Suzuki. 

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OLIVIA VERMEULEN | "Compassion" with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer
20Mar2024
OLIVIA VERMEULEN | "Compassion" with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer

As in keeping with this time of year, Olivia Vermeulen takes to the stage once more to sing the alto solos in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, a role most notable among audiences for its transcendental aria “Erbarme Dich, mein Gott”, in a series of slightly different concerts with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

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OLIVIA VERMEULEN as Messaggera and Ninfa in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with the FBO
14Feb2024
OLIVIA VERMEULEN as Messaggera and Ninfa in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with the FBO

As part of a European tour with performances in Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and Freiburg, Olivia Vermeulen can be heard as Messaggera and Ninfa in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra conducted by René Jacobs.

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