Rieu Vocalist Mirusia CapturesThe Netherlands
Chapeau Magazine: by Maarten van Laarhoven - Friday, March 31, 2017 Many know her from her performances with André Rieu, who discovered her at a young age and with whom she traveled around the world. The Australian-Dutch soprano Mirusia Louwerse, who was born exactly 32 springs ago in Brisbane, Australia hails from Dutch parents, and is currently engaged in a successful theater tour throughout the Netherlands, with its title "From the Heart." During her performances, one hears the same music as from her earlier this month released CD, which carries the same title.
Mirusia, who at the tender age of 19 is the youngest winner ever to claim the famous Dame Joan Sutherland Competition Award for opera singers in her homeland, and has now been singing the stars from the sky on major international stages for more than ten years with Rieu and his famous Johann Strauss Orchestra.
On his official website, André Rieu speaks about how he came in contact with the blonde soprano after she received that award . "Her aunt, who still lives in the Netherlands, emailed me about the exceptional talent of her niece in Australia. Of course I was curious. I listened to Mirusia's voice on her website, and immediately phoned her and two days later she was in my studio singing."
The world famous violinist describes how tears filled his eyes when, in his own words, he had the always cheerful young singer sing an established aria by Mozart. "With her beautiful voice and her blonde curls it was as if I heard an angel sing."
The Australian born has built a successful solo career with albums which are quite successful with a wide audience. She has a varied repertoire, and alongside her own songs she also includes known materials from pop music, musicals, films and popular classical music
Even her own new studio album contains a mix of styles. "Geef mij je Angst" (Give Me Your Fear) by Hazes and "La Vergine Degli Angeli" by Verdi peaceful coexist on the new CD, which has become a very personal album to her. Some songs have directly to do with the love for her husband Youri. The famous "Memory" is a tribute to her grandmother and "Als je niet van mij Houdt" (If you do not Love Me, by Boudewijn de Groot) is dedicated to Ruud Merx (trombone player with André Rieu) who died last year of a cardiac arrest during a tour through England
Chapeau Magazine has received five CDs from Mirusia's management to give away.
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Thank You to Ineke for the article and John for Translating it!