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The gifted singer-actress Maria Weiss was excellent as the power-hungry Gismonda; her performance increased in intensity over the course of the evening and her deeply moving claim seared itself unforgettably into the hearts of the audience.Kritisches Journal für Alte Musik
mezzo-soprano Maria Weiss scintillates in her fare-well aria with sewing machine exact coloraturas and great stage presencePlattinger Zeitung | Deutschland
Maria Weiss as the lovelorn Jupiter soars with heart-wrenching and dreamily beautiful vocals.Die Presse
Maria Weiss impresses again with a boastful, masculine air, a vocal and dramatic work of art in herself.Kritisches Journal für Alte Musik
Every gesture and expression is spot on, her voice is tremendous, and the continued suspense of her stage presence is breathtaking.
Delightful vocals: Maria Weiss as Jupiter leads the way with a punchy mezzosopranoOÖ Nachrichten
the Austrian Maria Weiss as Jupiter, a marvelous mezzosoprano with organ-like depthsDas Volksblatt
the noble mezzo-soprano Maria WeissDie Presse
Then the moment arrives for the acting talents (...), but especially for the sensual qualities in voice and acting of Maria Weiss (Gismonda).Wiener Zeitung
.. nestle together in a Tango step, an erotic tension sizzles that can only be topped by the acting performance and voice of Maria Weiss as the sensual Gismonda.Kleine Zeitung
“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.
STUDIES 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.
REPERTOIRE With an emphasis on Baroque repertoire, she has sung, amongst others, the roles of Bradamante or Gismonda (Händel), Megalce (Vivaldi), Lisinga (Gluck), contemporary music as the opera by W. Rihms ”Jakob Lenz” (Voice) or Baiana in the European premiere of the Brasilian opera “Pedro Malazarte” of Mozart C. Guarnieri. Examples of premieres of rediscovered works in the Baroque repertoire are Palante in the Austrian premiere of “La Guerra de los Gigantes”, Júpiter in “El imposible mayor en amor le vence Amor” (S. Durón) or Aurora in the European premiere of “L’Oracolo del Fato” (F. Gasparini).
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.
DIRECTORS She has worked with stage directors such as Frank Castorf, Philippe Arlaud, John Lloyd Davies, Seollyeon Konwitschny or the Baroque-Gesture- Specialist Sigrid T’Hooft.
MUSICAL PARTNERS Musical cooperation with directors and musicians such as Stefan Asbury, Domingo Hindoyan, David Levi, Rubén Dubrovsky, Michi Gaigg, 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, L’Orfeo Barockorchester, Ensemble Claudiana, Harmony of Nations Baroque Orchestra, Il Concerto Tivoli, Camerata Argentea, A Corte Musical, Capella Leopoldina, Grazer Symphonikern or Vorarlberger Symphonie-orchester.
PERFORMING Further engagements saw Maria Weiss perform, amongst others, at Wiener Festwochen, Konzerthaus Wien, Opernhaus Graz, Theater an der Rott, “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.
LIED With regard to her lied repertoire, Maria Weiss, under the guidance of Teresa Berganza and Isabel Aragón, has specialized on Spanish and Latin American repertoire (especially songs of De Falla, Granados, Guridi, Montsalvatge, Rodrigo, Leon und Villa-Lobos).
ACTING Her stage presence has been described, amongst others, as that of a “gifted singer-actress” (in a review by the ‘Kritisches Journal für Alte Musik’).
Maria Weiss studied acting at the Lee Strasberg Film & Theatre Institute in New York (US). She can frequently bee seen in short films and feature films. Her most recent feature film “Spanien” by Anja Salomonitz was premiered at the Berlinale 2012.
RECORDINGS Her recent award-winning CD, the first recording of the Baroque opera “La Guerra de los Gigantes” by S. Durón (Label Panclassics) with ensemble “A Corte Musical”, has received excellent reviews.
Maria Weiss has founded her own ensemble and musical project and released in spring 2015 her solo-debut-album „favola in musica. early new music„. The 216 pages CD Hardcover Digibook has won amongst others the Ö1 Pasticcio Prize and was received with enthusiastic reviews. Her album includes 3 world premiere recordings of early music and 2 world premiere recordings of contemporary music composed by Wolfgang Mitterer.
But, above all, the mezzosoprano voice of Maria Weiss floats brightly and nimbly. It almost seems as if the pieces were composed for her.musik an sich | Ingo Andruschkewitsch
favola in musica asks you to make time for dreams.Die Bruecke. Cultural Magazine | Margit Hubmann
With her bibliophile debut CD, the Klagenfurt-born mezzo-soprano Maria Weiss spans a large repertory from Renaissance to present times (included are two commissioned works by Wolfgang Mitterer) with an immaculate and clear timbre voice and proves a gripping narrator of familiar pieces, as well as first recordings.Kleine Zeitung | Ernst Naredi Rainer
The lavish praise heaped upon Maria Weiss’ debut album is more than justified.Sonograma. Musical Magazine | Carmen Miró
Quality of recording, as well as subtlety of interpretation make Maria Weiss’ album one of the most beautiful new releases of early music this year. Our congratulations!Ö1 Pasticcio Prize | Helmut Jasbar
“favola in musica. early new music” is the convincing debut album of Maria Weiss. Great musicians, a good selection of works, brilliant recordings and a booklet like no other. Highly recommendable!musik an sich | Ingo Andruschkewitsch
It has been a while since I found myself holding a CD with such a wonderfully crafted hardcover booklet, which runs to a full 216 pages (!) and is bursting with informative texts and fascinating images that bring a unique visual element to the music. (...)musik an sich | Ingo Andruschkewitsch
Maria Weiss journeys effortlessly through the centuries with a flawlessly precise and expressive mezzosoprano voice.Die Bruecke. Cultural Magazine | Margit Hubmann
Bach Concert | BACH XX
``Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen``
Kantaten zum Sonntag Exaudi, zu Christi Himmelfahrt und zum 2. Pfingsttag BWV 43, 68, 44, 37
30th of april 2016 Graz, Austria | Mausoleum
CAPELLA FERDINANDEA VOCALIS - Neue Grazer Hofkapelle
JOSEF M. DOELLER
Marie-Antoinette Stabentheiner, soprano
Maria Weiss, alto
Gernot Heinrich, tenor
Markus Volpert, basso
(Photograph: (c) Stefan Schweiger)
Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739) | Der geliebte Adonis
Maria Weber · Marelize Gerber · Anna Willerding · Maria Weiss
Ulrich Cordes · Markus Miesenberger · Michael Wagner
in cooperation with L'Orfeo Barockorchester
Erich Traxler musical directon
Manuela Kloibmüller director ∙ Isabella Reder stage & costumes
Arkadenhof Schloss Greinburg, in case of bad weather: Rittersaal, 4360 Grein/Donau
6., 7., 12., 13. & 14. of august 2016, 18h
(Photograph: Reinhard Winkler)
Telemann | Don Quichotte
Concert tournee in Mexico with
Michi Gaigg, musical director
(Photograph: Stefan Schweiger)