Desiree Till

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Born in Zurich, the Dutch soprano Désirée Till grew up in Switzerland where she also studied singing and graduated (B.MUS) at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Bern, Switzerland. Further studies led her at the Zurich Opera and to her operatic debut as Olga in Léhar’s Merry Widow conducted by Franz Welser-Möst in a staging by Helmut Lohner (Vienna).

Her engagements led her to different theatres in Switzerland where she performed many roles such as Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Arsena and Saffi (The Gypsy Baron), Annina (A night in Venice), Rosalinda and Adele (Fledermaus), Fiordiligi (Cosi Fan Tutte), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld) and Manon (Manon by Massenet).

Big influences for her work on stage have been: Martin Markun (Schweizerisches Opernstudio, Switzerland), Georges Delnon (Staatsoper Mainz,Germany) and Sarah Ventura (Opera de Chambre from Geneva, Switzerland). She interpreted contemporary songs especially written for the trio AMALTEA at the Swiss Radio station DRS2. She also sang many concerts with musicians from the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (OCL) at the museum of the International Red Cross in Geneva (Musique et Vie) and different concerts to benefit UNICEF and the Swiss Multiple Sclerosis Society with Marie-Cécile Bertheau (Opéra Lausanne/Switzerland). In 2008 she sung Adele (Fledermaus) in a production from the atelier d’opéra at the Université de Montréal with Jean-François Rivest. Also in 2008, Désirée Till performed for the first time at the Toronto Summer Music Academy and Festival’s Ariadne auf Naxos the role of Zerbinetta with Agnes Grossmann who also invited her to sing at galas and at the Classic Radio 96.3FMToronto. She completed her masters in Music Interpretation at the Université de Montréal in Canada in 2009. In 2010 Désirée Till created with Coenraad Bloemendal (cello) and Erica Goodman (harp) the exciting new Trio Désirée.

Désirée Till recorded her first CD, mastered and mixed by Lorne Tulk, with Erica Goodman at the harp and Coenraad Bloemendal at the cello; the CD spotlights melodies by Duparc, Fauré, Damase and some melodies by the early Debussy and will be released on ERDECOrecordings label in 2013.

This year, Désirée Till will sing the role of Manon by Massenet at the Muskoka Opera Festival (ON).

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  • Trio Desiree - Trio Desiree is an exciting new Canadian musical ensemble formed in the spring of 2010. The combination of soprano harp and cello makes this ensemble unique of its kind. The members of Trio Desiree: Soprano Desiree Till, Harpist Erica Goodman and cellist