H.C.Andersen / I. Stravinsky
Marjan studied solo singing at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, staying on to join the three year opera Master. She graduated with the operas Sancta Susanna by Hindemith and Stravinsky’s Mavra.After her studies she took part in the Christina Deutekom competition, earning a laureate. Many concerts in the Netherlands and abroad followed on from this, including a concert tour to the Netherlands Antilles.
She was taken on by the Opera Studio of the National Touring Opera, where she sang various major roles, such as Carolina in Il Matrimonio Secreto van D. Cimarosa.
Next to these engagements Marjan also sang in the Dutch Radio Choir, Collegium Vocale Gent and many other professional ensembles, working with conductors such as Reinbert de Leeuw, Hans Vonk, Ricardo Chailly, Jaap van Zweden, Philippe Herreweghe and Frans Brüggen.
She also gave many recitals together with pianists Phyllis Ferwerda and Jaap Kooi.
After studying she was coached by Margreet Honig and Caroline Watkinson. Marjan also followed many masterclasses with Elly Ameling, Robert Holl, Birgit Nillson, Arleen Auger, Roberta Alexander and others. With the assistance of a special bursary she was also able to study at the Britten-Pears Foundation in Aldeburgh with coach Janine Reiss.