The Dutch mezzo-soprano, Margriet van Reisen, studied at Canisius College Nijmegen (Class of 1990). She was trained at the Utrecht Conservatory and completed her studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama (Class of 2000). She was awarded the press prize in the International Vocal Competition ‘s-Hertogenbosch, first prize in Guildhall’d Schubert competition and she was a laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2000.
Margriet van Reisen has performed in many European countries, Asia, South-Africa and Northern-America, with orchestras and ensembles like the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Berliner Philharmoniker, Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Percussion Den Haag, and many more, working together with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Richard Hickox, Neeme Järvi, Marc Soustrot, Reinbert de Leeuw and many others.
Margriet van Reisen appeared in the Festivals of Salzburg, Santander, San Sebastian, Wien Modern and the Holland Festival, the Grachtenfestival and many other spectacular occasions. In recitals Margriet is accompanied by pianist Rudolf Jansen.
Margriet van Reisen’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque (e.g. J.S. Bach's Passions) to the newest music (e.g. Beyond Words, music theatre of Korean composer Seung-Ah Oh, with the The Hage Percussion). She performed roles in the opera houses of Toulouse, Brussels (La Monnaie), Valencia, Antwerp and of course Amsterdam, where she premiered After Life, the groundbreaking opera by Michel van der Aa, that has since traveled the world with the same cast. Some of her performances and repertoire can be seen on her website. The recordings of Margriet van Reisen with repertoire by Ligeti (Requiem), Gustav Mahler (Das Lied der Erde), Roentgen (songs by this Dutch composer) and others are highly regarded amongst listeners and critics.
Future engagements include After Life in Melbourne, Pierre Boulez' Le Marteau sans Maitre with Ensemble Intercontemporain and a tour with W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the Brussels Philharmonic.