Marie Elizabeth Seager
The French mezzo-soprano Marie Elizabeth Seager studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and completed the English National Opera’s Opera Works programme. She was a finalist of the London Wagner Society singing competition in 2015 and won the Cheryl Studer masterclass competition at the Berlin University of the Arts in 2014.
Last Autumn, she was selected to participate in a promotional masterclass with mezzo-soprano Nadine Denize on the Wagnerian repertoire, at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and was noticed by the press (Opéra Magazine) for her excerpts of Kundry (Parsifal).
Marie Elizabeth Seager’s roles have included: Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera); Charlotte (Werther); and Idamante (Idomeneo) for Midsummer Opera, where she also sang Waltraute (Die Walküre). The latter role she repeated with The Mastersingers under David Syrus. She has appeared as The Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) with Opera in Space and Mrs Grose and Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw) in Budapest for The Anglo-Hungarian Opera Company. She was invited by David Roblou (Midsummer Opera) to sing the roles of Laura (La Gioconda) in April 2017; Laura (Luisa Miller) in April 2018; and Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) in London in 2019. This season she will also cover two of the Weird Sister roles at the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s new opera Macbeth Underworld at La monnaie in Brussels.
As a teenager Marie Elizabeth Seager was performing and recording with several Baroque ensembles in France and gradually came to specialise in the French Baroque repertoire. She worked extensively with The Concert Spirituel (Hervé Niquet), singing notably the Princess of Calydon in the revival of Destouches’ Callirhoé at the Beaune International Festival of Baroque Music, at Versailles Opera House and Metz Arsenal.
Miss Seager has a busy concert diary with an extensive repertoire including the St Matthew Passion (St-John’s Smith Sq, London), Messiah, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem, Mary Magdalene in Elgar’s oratorio „The Kingdom“, the Duruflé Requiem and Christopher Wood’s Requiem (Bath Abbey).
Recent engagements include a series of recitals of French romantic arias and songs in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. At the end of 2017 she was heard at the Studio Raspail in Paris with the French baritone Jean-Jacques David, in songs and duets by Lesur, Werner and Wissmer. She gave a singing masterclass at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, and has given recitals in St-Paul’s Knightsbridge, London, and in Grans, France, in a programme of Mahler, De Falla, Duparc and Ireland songs with international award-winning pianist Toms Ostrovskis. In the Spring and Summer of 2018 she sang a series of recitals in Paris, including a programme for voice and Cavaillé-Coll organ at the church of Saint-Augustin. With pianist Toms Ostrovskis she performed Messiaen’s Harawi song cycle at the National Library of Latvia in the Autumn.