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German mezzo-soprano Maria Hegele graduated in 2021 from the Royal College of Music’s International Opera Studio, where she studied under the tutelage of Dinah Harris and Veronica Vesey-Campbell. Prior to this, she studied with Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, graduating with a Bachelors and a Masters degree. She is a Samling Young Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, Heidelberger Frühling Scholar and Imogen Cooper Music Trust Scholar.
In the season 2022-23 Maria Hegele will join the newly founded opera studio at Volksoper Vienna. 
During her time at the Mozarteum and at the RCM, Maria performed roles such as Eduige in Handel’s Rodelinda, Tolomeo in Handel’s Tolomeo, Hélène in Offenbach's La Belle Hélène and Nerone in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea (excerpts), Conception in Ravel’s L’heure espagnol, Lisetta in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna, Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Niklaussee in Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann, Mercédès in Bizets Carmen and Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. She also appeared in the world premiere of Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel at the 2016 Salzburg Festival, conducted by the composer.
Her concert repertoire ranges from Vivaldi and Pergolesi to the oratorios of JS Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann, which she has performed at venues such as Gasteig and Herkulessaal in Munich and Müpa in Budpaest.
Maria Hegele is a passionate recitalist and has participated in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Sarah Connolly, Jonathan Dove, Julius Drake, James Baillieu, Joseph Middleton, Dame Ann Murray, Wolfgang Holzmair and Mark Padmore. 
In 2020, she recorded a programme of songs by pianist Paul-Willot Förster, alongside works by Samuel Barber, Kurt Weill and Aaron Copland for the SWR. Most recently, she performed Schubert’s cycle Die Schöne Müllerin at Snape Maltings and was invited to take part in the 50th anniversary Gala concert of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme. She will return to Snape Maltings for recitals in 2022-23.
Awards include 1st prize in the 2022 August-Everding Competition, 1st prize in the 2022 Hidalgo Liedpreis, 1st prize at the 2018 Claude Debussy Chamber Music Competition, the 3rd prize in the Lies Askonas Competition in 2021 and the 4th prize and award for best sacred aria in the 2022 Mozart Singing Competition. 
Maria Hegele is grateful for the support from several foundations, such as the Walter und Charlotte Hamel Stiftung Hannover and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.
Bizet Carmen Mercedes
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia
Gounod Roméo et Juliette Stephano (in preparation)
Händel Rodelinda Eduige
Händel Tolomeo Tolomeo (scenes)
Haydn Il mondo della luna Lisetta
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Hänsel (in preparation)
Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea Nerone (scenes)
Mozart La clemenza di Tito Annio (in preparation)
Mozart Cosí fan tutte Dorabella
Mozart Le nozze di Figaro Cherubino
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann Nicklausse
Offenbach La belle Hélène Hélène (scenes)
Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmelites Soeur Mathilde
Ravel L'heure espagnol Conception
StraussDie Fledermaus Orlofsky
Bach Kantaten 150, 80 Alto
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium Alto
Bach Matthäus Passion Alto
Händel Dixit Dominus Alto
HaydnTheresienmesse Alto
HaydnF-Dur MesseSoprano 2
HaydnScena di Berenice (in preparation)
Haydn Salve Regina Alto
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Paulus Alto
MozartCh'io mi scordi di te
MozartAl desio, di chi t'adora KV 577 (in preparation)
Mozart C-Dur MesseAlto
Mozart Spatzenmesse Alto
Mozart Krönungsmesse Alto
Mozart Messe in c-moll Soprano 2
Pergolesi Stabat Mater Alto
Schubert Messe in D-Dur, D452 Alto
Schubert Messe in Es-Dur D950 Alto
Schumann Messe in c-Moll op.147 soprano
Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri Alto, Mezzo-soprano, Engel
Vivaldi Gloria Alto
Vivaldi Dixit Dominus RV 595 Alto
Berlioz Les nuits d'été
Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer op.52a
Bridge Three songs for voice, viola and piano
Debussy Cinq poèmes de Charles Baudelaire
Dvorak Liebeslieder op.83
Ernest Chausson Serres chaudes
Grieg Sechs Gesänge op.48
Mahler Rückert Lieder (in preparation)
Messiaen Harawi (in preparation)
Ravel Sheherazade (in preparation)
Schubert Die schöne Müllerin
Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben
Schumann Liederkreis op.39
Schumann Dichterliebe

JS Bach, Du lieber Heiland…Buß und Reu (Matthäus Passion)

Handel, Io che gliel diedi… De miei scherni (Rodelinda)

Mozart, Non so più (Le nozze di Figaro)

Ravel, Oh! La pitoyable aventure (L'heure espagnol)

Dove, Night Watch

"Maria Hegele began with poised, well-modulated tones and a lovely ease to her delivery. This characterised her whole performance, even the more elaborate passages, and she made each word count too. (...) Hegele's singing was poised and mellow, with shapely phrases and a sense of slow build to the aria. Her final aria, with a pair of oboes to the fore, was strong in tone and texture.", JS Bach, Matthäus Passion - Scherzo Ensemble, October 2021
"As Monteverdi’s Poppea and Nerone, Natasha Page and Maria Hegele, respectively, established a dramatic and musical tension which was sustained with thrilling effect, in different contexts, throughout the two programmes.", Royal College of Music - Opera Scenes, November 2020
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