Dutch alto Marian Dijkhuizen is a versatile singer who´s repertoire contains works from early baroque till modern music. She sang roles in baroque operas by Haendel and Purcell, but also appeared in newly written operas, for instance in ´Forelle Stanley´ by swiss composer Daniel Fueter. At the Dutch National Opera she was heard in the worldpremiere of ´Only the sound remains´, written by Kaija Saariaho and directed by Peter Sellars.
She performed the role of ´Youngest daughter´ in Trauernacht; a scenical version of Bachcantatas, directed by Katie Mitchell, with the Ensemble Pygmalion under the baton of Raphael Pichon.
Marian Dijkhuizen sings the alto and mezzosoprano soli in oratorios from Bach to Verdi. Active as a concertsoloist she has worked with conductors such as Peter Dijkstra, Risto Joost, Daniel Reuss and Clau Scherrer and orchestras like Kammerorchester Basel, Orchestra of the eighteenth Century, Concerto Copenhagen and B´rock.
Her love for music leads her to contacts with diverse chamber music partners with whom she can make and perform own programs and enjoy the immense resource of everything written.
She also loves working in ensembles and participated in projects with the Dutch Chamber Choir, RIAS Kammerchor and with the Ensemble Vocal Origen.
Marian Dijkhuizen won prizes at the Prinses Christina Concours for young musicians in the Netherlands, the Kiwanis Wettbewerb in Zürich and at the international contest CantateBach in Greifswald, Germany. Recently she got 2nd prize at the international Telemann contest in Magdeburg.
She started her singing studies in The Hague and continued to study in Zürich with Werner Güra. There she obtained her master´s degree of opera with highest distinction. She took part in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Margreet Honig, Meinard Kraak, Abbie Furmansky, Tom Allen, John Norris, Ann Rodiger and Guido Witte and keeps working with inspiring coaches and bodyworkers to learn how to free the voice, body and mind, in order to let the music speak for itself. Currently she is being coached by Heidi Wölnerhanssen.
Highlights for the 19-20 season include the Festival Summer in Switzerland at Festival Origen; concerts in Turkey, Ankara with Reinhard Goebel; St.Matthewpassion in the Musikverein Wien as well as in Tirol and other parts of Austria and collaboration with Det Norske Solistkor.