Morenike Fadayomi

Soprano

Biography

Born in London, Morenike Fadayomi was raised in London, Nigeria, and Switzerland. After completing her dance education at the Colombo Dance Factory in Zürich, she took up her classical vocal training by her Professor Mag. U. Preier-Raunacher in Vienna.

 

From July 1993 to July 1996 she was a Soloist at the Stadtheater Basel (Switzerland)

 

Since August 1997 she is a Soloist at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf (Germany)

 

She has sung numorous major roles internationally including the title roles of Aida (Verdi, Aida) Abigaille (Verdi, Nabucco), Lady Macbeth (Verdi, Macbeth), Violetta (Verdi, Traviatta),  Micaela and Carmen (Bizet, Carmen), Mimi (Puccini, La Boheme), Liu (Puccini, Turandot), Georgetta (Puccini, Trittico), Donna Elvira (Mozart, Giovanni), Marie (Smetana, Bartered Bride), Katarina Ismailova (Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth from Mzensk), Katja Kabanova (Janacek, Katja Kabanova), Emilia Marty (Janacek, Makropolus), Rusalka (Dvorak, Rusalka), Marta (Albert, Tiefland), Marietta (Korngold, Die tote Stadt), Kaiserin (Strauss, Frau ohne Schatten), Salome (Strauss, Salome), Senta (Wagner, Flying Dutchmann).

 

In July 2002 she was a soloist at the prestigious Festival Aix en Provence in the world premier of Peter Eötvös Opera Le Balcon. Having gained a reputation as a talented singing-actress, she was chosen for the world premier in Vienna, March 2003, of another contemporary composer, Franz Kogelmann, for the Opera Fear Death by Water.

 

Also a most sought after performer of the Role of Bess from Gershwins Opera Porgy and Bess in 2010 she completed a return engagement with the Washington National Opera after having premiered there as Bess in 2005, after which she was engaged by Placido Domingo to repeat her success at the Los Angeles Opera in 2007 and the Chacago Lyric Opera in 2008.

 

In 2011 she sang the title Role of Salome at the Komische Oper Berlin, at the Volksoper Vienna and at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf. In Düsseldorfs season 2013/2014 she has performed the roles of Tosca (Puccini, Tosca), Chyrosothemis (Strauss, Elektra), has made her debut as Norma (Bellini, Norma) and also performed the role of Wally (Catalani, La Wally) at the Grand Theatre de Geneve, a role she also premiered 2005 at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf.

 

The season 2014/2015 she sang the premier of a new production of Aida (Verdi, Aida) and also performed the roles of Tosca (Puccini, Tosca) and Georgetta (Puccini, Tabarro) in Düsseldorf. She also premiered the role of Renata from Prokofjiev's The Fiery Angel at the Antonin Dvorak Theatre in Ostrava and at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires. And with the Barkheimer Tour (Harlem Opera) she again performed the role of Bess in the Opera Houses in Geneva, Breda (Festival) Amsterdam and Toulouse.

 

In the season 2015/2016 she sang the roles of Aida (Verdi, Aida), Tosca (Puccini, Tosca), Georgetta (Puccini, Tabarro) and also Giulietta (Offenbach, Tales of Hoffmann), the role of Abigaille (Verdi, Nabucco) at the Antonin Dvorak Theater in Ostrava and the role of Norma (Bellini, Norma) at the Stadttheater Luzern.

 

In the season 2016/2017 she will sing her first Turandot (Puccini, Turandot) at the Stadttheater Chemnitz and also at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where sie will also be sing Aida (Verdi, Aida), Tosca (Puccini, Tosca), Senta (Wagner Flying Dutchman) the Witch (Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel) and also the Petite Messe Solennelle from Rossini in cooperation with the Ballet of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. She will also perform as Kundry (Wagner, Parsifal) with the Stdttheater Chemnitz.

 

Her varied career has taken her to various important stages as the Bregenz Festival, Carnegie Hall, Semperoper Dresden, Opera Bologna, Opera Parma, Teatro dell Opera Roma, Muziektheater Amsterdam, Opera du Rhin, Festwochen Vienna, Volksopera Vienna, Washington National Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Los Angelos Opera, Komische Opera Berlin, etc. 

 

Morenike Fadayomi has also portrayed various Diva Parts in: Zigeunerbaron, Merry Widow, Giuditta, Csárdásfürstin and Fledermaus, and has made recordings of  Lehar's Eva, Strauss' Pearls of Cleopatra and Kogelmann's Fear Death by Water.

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