Dutch soprano Marijje van Stralen studied at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Margreet Honig. She was awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship which enabled her to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and in New York with Bill Riley. In 1999 she was selected for the Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Studies in Aldeburgh. She has been a member of the International Opera Studio Holland, won the Audience Prize and was a finalist at the Christina Deutekom Competition 2002.
She made her debut at the Dutch National Opera as part of the vocal ensemble in Writing to Vermeer by Louis Andriessen, appearing at the Lincoln Center in New York when the production was staged together with the modern music ensemble ELECTRA. In a third production of the opera conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw, Van Stralen sang the main role Saskia.
Van Stralen has sung in Purcell’s King Arthur, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Blondchen), Der Schauspieldirektor (Mademoiselle Silberklang), Bastien und Bastienne (Bastienne) and in the Ernst Theo Richter production of Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), Bizet’s Carmen (Frasquita), Gounod’s La Colombe (Silvie), Puccini’s Tosca (Shepherd), Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Princess), Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus (Adèle), Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia (Lucia), Britten’s Peter Grimes (Niece), Verdi’s La Traviata (Annina), Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Noord Nederlands Orchestra, Ph. Boesmans’ opera Reigen with the Opera Studio Nederland and Martijn Padding and Friso Haverkamp’s Tattooed tongues (world première).
Van Stralen has worked with conductors like Richard Bradshaw, Roy Goodman, Yakov Kreizberg, Reinbert de Leeuw, Yoel Levi, Kenneth Montgomery, Ed Spanjaard and Jan-Willem de Vriend, and has appeared with the Ensemble Musikfabrik, Flemish Radio Orchestra, Ensemble Sospeso New York, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Gelders Orchestra, Noord Nederlands Orchestra, Combattimento, Nederlands Blazers Ensemble, Netherlands Woodwind & Brass Ensemble, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Dutch Chamber Orchestra at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Van Stralen has performed at the following festivals: Barbican and South Bank Centre (London), Louis Andriessen Festival Sonic Evolutions (New York), Pontino Festival (Italy), Berliner Festwochen, Festival of Alden-Biesen, Art Lyrique et Musique Ancienne, Festival Agora (Paris), the Carmel Bach Festival (San Francisco), Waterford Music Week (Ireland), Gaudeamus in St. Petersburg and Bach Festival Amsterdam.
The past seasons Marijje sung in the operas Phaëton by Lully, the successful production Le Roi Pausole (Honneger), in the opera Mandolino (Ron Ford), produced by the NPS in cooperation with an ensemble of the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. She also sung in the successful production Reigen in Paris. She also gave various concerts with Edwin Rutten, in cooperation with the Brabant Orchestra, the foundation for 20th century lied and the Cello Octet Amsterdam. Marijje also performed Berio’s Sinfonia with the Noord Nederlands Orchestra and she worked with the BBC Ullster Orchestra. During an extensive Dutch tour she performed Mr Finney, the Opera by Joey Roukens, a production that she initiated herself. In 2015 she successfully sung Schubert songs with the Orchestre de Picardie under Arie van Beek and made a tour with the Noord Nederlands Orchestra with an educational show.
On CD Marijje van Stralen can be heard as Sifare in the Mozart opera Mitridate conducted by Jed Wentz and as part of ELECTRA on the BBC label.