Unflaggingly vibrant. The Guardian, December 2018
Marie Heeschen mesmerises audiences with a lush and flowing voice that is highly adaptable. Since 2016 she has been an ensemble member at the Theater Bonn, where she brings a playful and natural stage presence to roles such as Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Marzelline (Fidelio), and Maria in Leonard Bernstein‘s West Side Story. Additional parts include Papagena in Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Atalanta in Handel’s Xerxes, and the vocally agile role of Tussy in Jonathan Dove’s latest critically acclaimed opera, Marx in London.
In addition to regularly appearing in operas, the versatile singer is also active across other genres of classical music. With paper kite, her chamber music ensemble consisting of two violins and basso continuo, she is reviving the lesser-known cantata repertoire of the German and Italian baroque. After receiving the Biagio-Marini Prize in 2013, the ensemble released their first CD in 2017, felice un tempo, which featured a world premiere recording of a work by Giovanni Legrenzi as well as sonatas and cantatas by Giovanni Bononcini and Domenico Scarlatti. The newly established program Abendandacht, featuring works from the period of the Thirty Years' War (released on Coviello Classics in spring 2021), was recently presented by paper kite at the Rundale Festival in Riga.