• Tosca
  • Gräfin Mariza
  • Genoveva
  • Bajazzo
  • Tatjana
  • Don Giovanni
  • Don Giovanni

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Born in Basel, Switzerland, Maria Gessler studied singing with Verena Schweizer at the Music Academy in Basel. Simultaneously she studied baroque performance practice with Rene Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

She went on to be a member of the opera studio Basel and attended masterclasses with Edith Mathis, Anna Reynolds, Brigitte Fassbaender, and Margreet Honig. She was twice awarded the Migros-Scholarship in the course of her studies.

Following her studies, Maria Gessler has been engaged as a principal artist in several German opera houses (Freiberg, Plauen-Zwickau, Darmstadt), singing a wide variety of lyrical and dramatic soprano roles including the Countess in Mozart's "Le nozze di Figaro", Hanna Glawari in Lehar’s "Lustige Witwe", Nedda in Leoncavallo’s "Pagliacci", the Marschallin in Strauss's “Rosenkavalier", and the title role in Puccini’s "Tosca", to name but a few.

She has performed as a guest artist in several European opera houses, appearing as Tatjana in Tchaikovsky’s "Eugene Onegin" in Wuppertal (Germany), Cio-Cio-San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in Stettin (Poland), Eva in Wagner's "Meistersinger" under Gustav Kuhn at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl (Austria), and the mother in Humperdinck's "Hänsel und Gretel" in Basel (Switzerland).

Maria Gessler’s operatic work is complimented by a large oratorio repertoire and she has an established reputation as an interpreter of Lied. Her recital programmes, exploring musical and literary figures and themes such as Alma Mahler, Friedrich Nietzsche and Goethe's "Wilhelm Meister", have received international acclaim.

 

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