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 Stadttheater Basel (Switzerland).

 

Since August 1997 she is a soloist at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Dusseldorf (Germany).

 

She has sung numerous major roles internationally including the title role of Aida (Verdi), Abigaille (Verdi, Nabucco), Lady Macbeth (Verdi, Macbeth), Violetta (Verdi, La Traviata),  Micaëla and Carmen (Bizet, Carmen), Mimi (Puccini, La Bohème), Liu (Puccini, Turandot), Georgetta (Puccini, Il Trittico), Donna Elvira (Mozart, Don Giovanni), Marie (Smetana, The Bartered Bride), Katerina Ismailowa (Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Katja Kabanova (Janacek, Katja Kabanova), Emilia Marty (Janacek, Makropulos), Rusalka (Dvořák, Rusalka), Marta (D'Albert, Tiefland), Marietta (Korngold, Die tote Stadt), Kaiserin (Strauss, Die Frau ohne Schatten), Salome (Strauss, Salome), Senta (Wagner, The Flying Dutchman).

 

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 been performing the roles of Tosca (Puccini, Tosca), Chrysothemis (Strauss, Elektra), and 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 Dusseldorf.

 

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, Il Tabarro) in Dusseldorf. She also premiered the role of Renata from Prokofiev's opera 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 again  performed  the roles of Aida (Verdi, Aida), Tosca (Puccini, Tosca), Georgetta (Puccini, Il 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 2016/2017, she sang her first Turandot (Puccini) at the Stadttheater Chemnitz and also at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she also sang Aida, (Verdi), Tosca (Puccini), Senta (Wagner, The 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 also performed the role of  Kundry (Wagner, Parsifal) with the Stdttheater Chemnitz.

 

In 2017/2018, she again performed the role of Turandot (Puccini, Turandot) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein along with the roles: Georgetta (Puccini, Il trittico), Giulietta (Offenbach, Tales of Hoffmann), The Witch (Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel), Tosca (Puccini), Senta (Wagner, Flying Dutchman), and she also made her debut as Amelia (Verdi, Un ballo in maschera) in Dusseldorf and performed the role of Turandot (Puccini) again at the Opera Chemnitz.

 

In the Season 2018/2019 she performed the role of Tosca (Puccini), the role of Santuzza (Mascagni, Cavalleria rusticana) and the role of the Witch (Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel) again at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and has sung the 3rd Norn (Wagner, Götterdämmerung) in the last part of the "Ring" premiere in Dusseldorf. She also performed at the Oper Freiburg in the new production of Cesar Franck's opera Hulda (Hulda) and sung one of her favorite roles, the part of Bess (Gershwin, Porgy and Bess) at the Teatro del Regio Torino, Italy.

 

In the season 2019/2020 she returned to her "home" the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf to perform the role of Tosca (Puccini) the role of the Witch (Humperdinck, Hansel and Gretel) and 3rd Norn (Wagner, Götterdämmerung).

 

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

 

She has also portrayed various diva parts in Der Zigeunerbaron, The Merry Widow, Giuditta, Csardasfürstin, Fledermaus, and made recordings of  Lehar, Eva, O. Strauss, Pearls of Cleopatra and Kogelmann, Fear Death by Water.

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