Marion Roberts (sopraan)
Following her success as Dramatic Coloratura Soprano in South Africa, Marion Roberts pursued her career and moved to The Hague in Netherlands to become a principal soloist in opera.
Successfully performing at one of her concert appearances in the Netherlands, Marion has, “risen to the vocal challenge with exquisite singing” in Arthur Honegger’s “Le Roi David” and Andriessen’s “Miroir de Peine” in the beautiful Berg Cathedral. In 2012, conducted by Paul Valk with the Promenade Orchestra, performing at the Royal Concert Hall Amsterdam, her thrilling performance and vocal display (link met YouTube channel) in Verdi’s “Requiem” lead to her accepting Soloist performances in works of Rossini, Mendelsohn, Mozart and Orff.
Her performances of the Queen of the Night (Mozart) in collaboration with Theater la Monnaie Belgium and Fiordiligi (Mozart) , her first Mozart role sung in Germany, really led to critical acclaim and the necessary recognition to aim for the Belcanto roles of Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and eventually Verdi Operas. With her flowing and effortless coloratura being proclaimed by conductors Richard Cock, Reinhard Schwartz (late), Paul Valk, Wolfgang Katschner, George Michie, Piers Maxim, Kamal Khan, Olivier Quendet and more , it is no wonder that the next step in her career was getting recognition for her captivating performances and florid singing. Working with world renowned Conductor, René Jacobs, at Aix-en-Provence in 2009 was no doubt a highlight and a great inspiration.
In 2007, Marion was awarded with the Apollo Music Trust Overseas Grant, which enabled her to further gain valuable training in Europe. Dedicating her rock solid vocal technique and agile coloratura voice, she attributes a big part of her success to conservatoires such as Stellenbosch Conservatorium and Cape Town Opera Studio where she studied with Petrus van Heerden and Virginia Oosthuizen and performed roles such as “Lauretta” (Gianni Schicchi) and “Alcina” (Handel) and many Oratoria.
To continue her success, and as part of her efforts to engage in theatre and education, Marion devoted herself to a myriad of Master classes which included Kammersängerin Renate Holm (Vienna), Kammersängerin, Mimi Coertse (South Africa), Marita Knobel (München), Graham Johnson (University Stellenbosch), Rick Harrell (San Francisco University), Raymond Modesti (Bel Canto Academy – Amsterdam).
Her signature roles include Constanze (Mozart), Elettra (Mozart, Lucrezia Borgia (Donizetti), Anna Bolena (Donizetti) and Elvira in Donizetti’s I Puritani. Her great love lies in the Bel Canto roles in which she invests painstaking and careful training on a daily basis. Marion has been blessed to share a stage with many prominent colleagues such as Marlis Petersen, Martin Smeding, Marcel Reijans, Sidwell Hartman, Virginia Davids, Andrea Catzel, Sibongile Khumalo and many more.
Performances for 2015 will be in Amsterdam, New York, Germany, Norway and others to be announced at a later stage.