The Dutch mezzo-soprano Olivia Vermeulen has established herself in recent years as a versatile soloist for opera and concerts on international level. Her start of career in the field of opera was between 2008 – 2010 in the studio of the Komische Oper Berlin, where she sang Mozart roles, such as Cherubino (directed by Barry Kosky) and Zerlina. She also sang Daphnis PIQUE DAME, Phénice in Gluck`s ARMIDA (directed by Calixto Bieto) and Mastrilla in Offenbach’s LA PÉRICHOLE.
Plans for the coming seasons include her role- and house-debut at Staatsoper Berlin in the opera AMOR VIEN DAL DESTINO by Agostino Steffani as Turno. The new production in April 2016 will be staged by Ingo Kerkhof and conducted by René Jacobs. Olivia will also be back with an international tour with Mozart’s Magic Flute under Iván Fischer, which will be held at the Budapest Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, in London and at Lincoln Center in New York. Olivia will also have her debut as Annio in Mozart’s LA CLEMENZA DI TITO by Christopher Moulds in Moscow. In Japan she will again give concerts under Masaaki Suzuki, this time with Mozart’s C-minor Mass, including a CD recording. In the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, she will sing the Mezzo Solo in Bach`s WEIHNACHTSORATRORIUM under Helmuth Rilling.
In the last seasons Olivia Vermeulen sang among others Cherubino in a production of the Festival Aix-en-Provence at the Opéra de Dijon and Saint-Étienne under Jonathan Cohen. In autumn 2014 she was in the same production under Andreas Spering in Bahrain. At the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in The Hague she sang with great success as Almirena in Handel`s opera RINALDO with the Lautten Compagney Berlin. With this ensemble she recorded also a solo CD with arias of the Italian Baroque, which will be released by Sony / BMG.
Next to opera Olivia Vermeulen operates particularly as a concert soloist and was heard under Frans Brüggen in Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Iván Fischer at Konzerthaus Berlin. Furthermore she sang J. S. Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with Hansjörg Albrecht and in 2014 ST MATTHEW PASSION at the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich under the baton of Enoch zu Guttenberg. She is a regular guest at the renowned Kissinger Summer, where it premiered, among others, songs of W. Rihm, at Herrenchiemsee Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, the Festival RheinVokal, the Music Festival Stuttgart, the Handel Festival in Halle, the Munich Opera Festival with Wesendonck Lieder as well as in concerts of the Bayerischer Rundfunk. With “Musikfabrik Köln” under Peter Eötvös she appeared at the Berlin Philharmonic at Musikfest Berlin.
Olivia Vermeulen sings on international concert stages under Masaaki Suzuki, Philippe Herreweghe, Andrea Marcon, Andrew Parrott, Reinhard Goebel, Michael Schønwandt and Andreas Spering. Important impulses in concert and opera she received also by collaborating with Alessandro de Marchi, Michael Sanderling, Konrad Junghänel, Emilio Pomarico and Christoph Spering.