Now a singer of international acclaim MIRUSIA originally gained worldwide fame as soprano soloist with Andre Rieu. Born in Australia to Dutch parents, she studied opera at the Queensland Conservatorium and at the age of 21, was announced as the youngest winner ever of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award. “What then followed in my career can only be described as a fairy tale come true” says MIRUSIA. Her Dutch Aunt wrote an email to André Rieu to introduce him to her and after watching and listening to some clips on her website, Rieu called her right away at home in Australia. Just two days after this first phone call she auditioned for Rieu in Maastricht in The Netherlands. It was a success and she returned to Australia with a Contract in hand.
The blonde soprano then moved to Maastricht, The Netherlands, where she was welcomed with open arms and since 2007 she has been touring all over the world as both the soloist of Andre Rieu and as a solo performer where she has enchanted millions of people with her voice. In October 2010 MIRUSIA’s Album “Always & Forever” was released in Australia. With her singing in six different languages, the album features favourites such as Schubert’s “Ave Maria”, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory” (Cats) “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” (The Phantom of the Opera) and “Botany Bay” in a tribute to her homeland. The Album went straight to No. 1 on the ARIA classical charts and No. 17 on the ARIA pop charts. Being the only classical artist ever to receive such an Award, it is no wonder the Australian media named her “The Unconventional Pop Star”. MIRUSIA has released 5 solo albums and her version of “Ave Maria” has over 18 million views on YouTube.
Ready to start a new chapter in her life, MIRUSIA returned home in 2012 and recorded an album appropriately titled “Home”. With her Musical Director, Graeme Press and Chamber Orchestra, she embarked on a sold out tour of Australia where she dazzled her audiences in many venues, including the famous Sydney Opera House. Having decided to spread her wings further MIRUSIA now successfully tours extensively around the world and has achieved recognition as a true international performer. This Award winning soprano sings in many styles of music including opera, musical theatre, pop and jazz. In 2016, following her solo Europe and South America Tour, MIRUSIA will be bringing her beautiful voice and charming personality back to her Australian fans when she will tour Nationally presenting her new Concert Program “This Time Tomorrow”.
Andre Rieu about Mirusia: “I’m proud to have been there from the start and to see her career take off. After having worked with this incredibly talented young lady for five years I can only wish her all the best in her solo career.“
Returns home to tour Australia
April to August 2016
Tickets on Sale Wednesday October 7, 2015
Brisbane born soprano Mirusia will return home with her new solo program This Time Tomorrow, which will tour nationally from April to August 2016, preceded by a concert on November 28, 2015 and two on January 9 & 16 next year.
For the past nine years the thirty year old Australian, hailed the angel of Australia, has toured extensively around the globe as Star soprano for André Rieu. She has achieved recognition as a true international performer, singing many styles of music including opera, musical theatre, pop and jazz. Mirusia has come a long way since studying opera at the Queensland Conservatorium, who, at the age of 21, became the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award.
Having established her career worldwide as an accomplished international performer, Mirusia also tours solo, working the culturally rich European Theatres with her Chamber Orchestra and Australian MD Graeme Press (MD for The Seekers 50th year celebrations, Judith Durham & Carols in the Domain). In 2012 Mirusia performed to sold out audiences around Australia on her “Home Tour”, including a highlight performance at Sydney Opera House.
2016 sees Mirusia returning to home shores to present a two hour classical-crossover program with the backing of her Chamber Orchestra which includes a Strings Section, Harp, Percussion, Double Bass, Grand Piano and Choral Singers. Her repertoire features songs from her Award Winning Albums, including Ave Maria, Romanza, Memory, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, All I Ask Of You, and her own compositions.
“Often hailed as ‘the voice of an angel’ Mirusia sings with a translucent, crystal voice that leaves audiences with ‘goose bumps on goose bumps!’" says Press." "It has been my pleasure to work with Mirusia on her solo tours and she delivers an exquisite performance of the best of the classical, music theatre, cross-over repertoire. Whether Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus or Joe Cocker’s ‘You Are So
Beautiful’, the discerning listeners are quickly aware that they are in the presence of one of today’s most inspirational, versatile and soulful voices and personalities." Throughout 2016 Mirusia will continue on with her Solo Tours in the Northern Hemisphere and her work as the Star Soloist of André Rieu around the world. Her new album This Time Tomorrow will be released in 2016, containing classical and musical songs."The focus of the album and the tour is offering a brighter tomorrow" says Mirusia." Music can transport people and help them in times of struggle, sadness and stress. So many of my fans who have contacted me, feel like they are whisked away momentarily from the world, when they listen to my music. This is why I love what I do. I want to help people, and to do this through music is magical."
• Full name: Mirusia Louwerse
• Australian-Dutch nationality speaks English and Dutch fluently
• Released five solo albums
• Studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music
• Her version of Ave Maria has over 27 million views on YouTube
• Only classical artist with an ARIA No. 1 Chart Award
• International Ambassador of the 'Australian Children's Music Foundation'
• Youngest winner of the Joan Sutherland Opera Award
• Title latest album: My Favorite Things
• Named The Unconventional Pop Star by Australian media