Maria Weiss, Mezzosoprano | Founder & Artistic Director
“Her voice is tremendous, and the continued suspense of her stage presence is breathtaking“, “a marvelous mezzo-soprano with organ-like depths” or“a vocal and acting synthesis of arts” are excerpts of reviews about the Austrian mezzo-soprano Maria Weiss. With a repertory focusing on early and contemporary music, she is dedicated in particular to premiering (forgotten) early music and contemporary compositions.
After receiving a diploma in cultural history studies at the University of Sorbonne (Paris), she studied voice at the national conservatory “Luigi Cherubini” in Florence and concluded her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz under the guidance of Kammersängerin Joanna Borowska. Master Classes with Angelika Kirchschlager, Teresa Berganza und Jorge Sirena followed. Since then, Maria Weiss has worked and studied with the mezzo-soprano Glenys Linos.
With an emphasis on Baroque repertoire, she has sung, amongst others, the roles of Bradamante or Gismonda
Her opera spectrum includes not only the most important Mozart pieces, and extends from the rarely performed Renaissance and Baroque repertoire until Jacques Offenbach’s operettas.
She has worked with stage directors such as Frank Castorf, Philippe Arlaud, John Lloyd Davies or the Baroque-Gesture-Specialist Sigrid T’Hooft. Musical cooperation with directors and musicians such as Stefan Asbury, Domingo Hindoyan, David Levi, Rubén Dubrovsky, Luca Pianca, Gérard Korsten, Rogério Gonçalves, Jörg Zwicker, Thomas Platzgummer, Wolfgang Mitterer, James Pearson or Franco Pavan and musical partners such as Bach Consort Wien, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Claudiana, Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra, Il Concerto Tivoli, Camerata Argentea, A Corte Musical, Capella Leopoldina, Grazer Symphonikern or Vorarlberger Symphonieorchester.
Further engagements saw Maria Weiss perform, amongst others, at Wiener Festwochen, Konzerthaus Wien, Opernhaus Graz, “trigonale. festival für alte musik”, Bregenzer Festspielhaus, Feldkirch Festival, Festspielhaus Dornbirn, Kammeroper Graz, Klagenfurter Konzerthaus, Donaufestwochen im Strudengau, BOV Opera Festival to the Teatru Manoel in Valetta (Malta) or Ateneu Barcelonés in Spain.
Maria Weiss | Work Example
Fotografien Maria Weiss im Slider © Moritz Schell