The Dutch contralto, Marie Anne Jacobs, is a graduate of the Schumann Academy, where she studied with the famous Dutch soprano Ank Reinders. In order to continue to develop she is now coached by the soprano and singing teacher Marjan Kuipe.
Marie Anne Jacobs has a special voice. With its warm , dark timbre it differs from a mezzo-soprano. This specific type of voice is rare and surprised people again and again. She attended master-classes with the famous English counter-tenor Paul Esswood in France and Florence. He was impressed by her voice, and invited her to concerts in England and Poland. In Bydgoszcz in Poland they performed a programme of arias and duets from George Frideric Handel's oratorios conducted by Capella Bydgostiensis.
The voice of Marie Anne Jacobs fits early music very well and therefore she can often be heard in this repertoire. She has regularly participated in concerts in Aalst, Belgium, in the Bach Cantata series of Patrick Van Goethem including with the tenor Ludwig Van Gijsegem and a Jubilee Concert in Sint-Niklaas, led by Lieven Deroo. In the Netherlands she has already performed many Bach cantatas under Jaap Hillen, Harry Brasser, Hans van der Toorn and at the Geertekerk in Utrecht conducted by Johan Rooze.
Marie Anne Jacobs is a soloist for the known major choral / oratorio works. In addition, she often performs solo works for viola and orchestra / ensemble. However, she is also performs works from different style periods, such as Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Alt-Rhapsodie of Johannes Brahms and Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten. She even sings opera arias by Rossini and Donizetti.
The Lied has also a special place in Marie Anne Jacobs. With her accompanist Frans van Tuyl and violinist Hans Rijkmans she regularly gives recitals with works by various composers. With Frans van Tuyl and violist Peter Das, she has been in the live Radio 4 program Spiegelzaal of the AVRO. They performed the two songs for alto, viola and piano, Op. 91. Marie Anne, together with Frans van Tuyl give various master-classes in the song, including with Jard van Nes, Udo Reinemann and Margreet Honig.
In addition to solo work sings Marie Anne Jacobs sings with the Ensemble Cappell'affetta directed by Michelle Mallinger . She also performs regularly in Project Ensembles where she performed such a programme of Johann Hermann Schein.