Maria Fiselier & Peter Nilsson
About Maria Fiselier
Dutch mezzo-soprano Maria Fiselier (1988) already has a rich stage and concert experience. After graduating with distinction in 2013 from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she studied with Sasja Hunnego, she was a member of the National Opera Studio in London for the 2012/2013 season. She recently made her debut at La Monnaie opera in Brussels, as Zweite Magd in Strauss’s Daphne.
Maria has sung in many operas in just as many countries. Highlights include Susie in Bernstein’s A quiet place, in the Konzerthaus Berlin with Ken Nagano and the Ensemble Modern, and singing the title role in a concert performance of Bizet’s Carmen at the Miyazaki International Music Festival in Japan.
Next to performing opera and oratorium repertoire, Maria also has a strong lied-presence, for which she has won several prizes, such as the audience price at the Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours and the Young Talent Award at the International Vocalist Competition 2012.
About Peter Nilsson
Ever since studying under John Wustman at the University of Illinois, Peter Nilsson has been in great demand as an accompanist. Although he occasionally collaborates with instrumentalists (notably with violist Esther van Stralen), his main focus lies on singers. In the years following his study he was a frequent guest in the Dame Myra Hess recital series, and since moving to the Netherlands in 1992 has appeared in some of Europe’s leading venues: St. John’s Smith Square, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Lucerne Festival, and Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, with, among others, Charlotte Margiono and Maria Riccarda Wesseling.
Peter also has strong ties with the world of opera. Beside his duties as Head of Musical Studies at the Dutch National Opera Academy, he is a regular guest at Dutch National Opera, working closely with such conductors as Marc Albrecht, Paolo Carignai, Giuliano Carella, and Carlo Rizzi, to name but a few.