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Born in Zurich, the Dutch soprano Désirée Till grew up in Switzerland where she also studied singing and graduated (B.MUS) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern, Switzerland.

 Further studies led her at the Zurich Opera and to her operatic debut as Olga in Léhar’s Merry Widow conducted by Franz Welser - Möst in a staging by Helmut Lohner (Vienna).

Her engagements led her to different theatres in Switzerland where she performed many roles such as Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Arsena and Saffi (The Gypsy Baron), Annina (A night in Venice), Rosalinda and Adele (Fledermaus), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld).

Big influences for her work on stage have been: Martin Markun (Schweizerisches Opernstudio, Switzerland), Georges Delnon (Staatsoper Mainz,Germany) and Sarah Ventura (Opera de Chambre from Geneva, Switzerland).

 

She interpreted contemporary songs especially written for the trio AMALTEA at the Swiss Radio station DRS2. She also sang many concerts with musicians from the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (OCL) at the museum of the International Red Cross in Geneva (Musique et Vie) and different concerts to benefit UNICEF and the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society with Marie-Cécile Bertheau (Opéra Lausanne/Switzerland).

 

In 2008 she sung Adele (Fledermaus) in a production from the atelier d’opéra at the Université de Montréal with Jean-François Rivest. Also in 2008, Désirée Till performed for the first time at the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival’s Ariadne auf Naxos the role of Zerbinetta with Agnes Grossmann who also invited her to sing at galas and at the Classic Radio 96.3FMToronto.

She completed her masters in Music Interpretation at the Université de Montréal in Canada in 2009. In 2010 Désirée Till created with Coenraad Bloemendal (cello) and Erica Goodman (harp) the exciting new Trio Désirée. Three Canadian composers (Don Thompson, Alexander Rapoport and Abigail Richardson-Schulte) have already written works for Trio Désirée and more are being commissioned. In the summer 2010 the trio performed at several festivals in Ontario and Quebec including the prestigious Canadian Festival of the Sound. Désirée Till recorded her first CD, edited by Lorne Tulk with Erica Goodman (harp) and Coenraad Bloemendal with melodies composed by Duparc, Fauré, Damase and some early melodies by Debussy.

Last year Désirée Till sung with her trio Désirée at the Serenata Music Concerts in London (ON) where some new pieces written exclusively by Don Thompson for the Trio Désirée have been performed in public for the first time.

Another exciting concert was the semi-staged operetta with famous melodies from the different operettas, transcribed especially for Trio Désirée at the Muskoka Opera Festival.

 

This year Désirée Till is thrilled to sing at the Muskoka Opera Festival “Le portrait de Manon”, the role of Aurore.

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