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“Maren Schwier, trained in Frankfurt and quickly recognized as a new voice between the classical operatic repertoire and the most demanding new music in the region after completing her studies, is truly a soprano who is blessed with a common throat, who even with the bizarre zigzag melos of Michael Sell is not faced with insurmountable problems. "
- Wolfgang Sandner, 09/21/2017, FAZ
The soprano Maren Schwier completed her master’s degree in opera singing with Prof. Ursula Targler-Sell at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in 2017 and already during her studies established herself as a sought-after interpreter in a wide-ranging repertoire from classical to contemporary.
Since the 2016/17 season she has been a soloist at the Staatstheater Mainz - first in the young ensemble and since the 2018/19 season as a permanent member of the ensemble.
Maren Schwier made her music theater debut in 2013 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in the premiere of Büchner's Frauen by the composer Paul L. Schäffer. Her special talent and her passion for contemporary compositions were already evident back then; this was followed by numerous engagements at renowned festivals and organizers, such as the Musikfesttage Wien (2015), the SWR Schlossfestspiele Schwetzingen (2018), the Darmstadt Summer Courses (2018), the Alte Oper Frankfurt (2018/19), the German Embassy in Paris (2018) or the Rheingau Music Festival (2016 and 2018).
Maren Schwier has also appeared in numerous productions of contemporary works and piece developments at the Staatstheater Mainz, such as the long-standing music theater series (2016-2019) Hörtheater by Anselm Dalferth or the co-production Argo with the SWR Festival Schwetzingen (2018).
For her portrayal of Aphrodite in Argo, she was nominated by the journal Opernwelt for the award Young Artist of the Year.
Maren Schwier is regularly involved in premieres of contemporary works, develops and performs her own solo performances. She is constantly working with composers of our time and various instrumental ensembles (including the Mutare Ensemble, the ensemble hand werk, the IEMA and the Ukho Ensemble Kiev).
Also in own ensembles (like the blank space ensemble with the percussionist Max Gaertner or the ensemble in transition an ensemble for new music, sign poetry and dance) she drives the development and conception of new pieces and performances. She was also selected by the German Music Fund as a scholarship holder for the development of new concert formats and programs.
In addition to their commitment to new music, Maren Schwier's versatile voice and her acting strength are also regularly featured in the classical opera repertoire.
Amongst others she sang during past seasons at the Staatstheater Mainz Adele in The bat, Anna in Nabucco and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel.
Previous guest engagements included productions such as Cosi fan tutte (Fiordiligi, 2015 Young Opera Rhein-Main eV), The abduction from the Seraglio as a children's opera (Konstanze, 2014 Bad Vilbel Castle Festival), The Turn Of The Screw (Miss Jessel, 2016 Studiotheater Belvedere Weimar).
In the current season, Maren Schwier can still be seen as Gretel and numerous revivals from the last season at the Staatstheater Mainz. She also sings in the new productions of Peter Pan (R. Ayres - Wendy), The conquest of Mexico (W. Rihm - high soprano), Miss Donnithorne's Maggot (P.M. Davies - Miss Donnithorne) and Im Dickicht (UA, I. Mundry - judge) a world premiere and co-production with the SWR Festspiele Schwetzingen.
All dates can be found on this page / c a l e n d a r.