“Bright but strong in tone, virtuoso but pressingly expressive, she also has just enough of that indefinable personal distinctiveness that can touch the heart by revealing there is a person there, not just a voice.”
Gramophone August 2013
The Swedish soprano Maria Keohane has a repertoire which spans a wide spectrum of music styles from baroque to contemporary, including opera, chamber music and oratorios.
Her busy schedule takes her all over the world, and the current season includes The Fairy Queen at The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen and during 2017 she will perform with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Ricercar Consort, European Union Baroque Orchestra, The Netherland Bach Society and Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble.
Telemann’s Ino with Concerto Copenhagen at Wiener Konzerthaus, several concerts at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Handel’s Solomon with Kölner Kammerchor at the Handel Festspiele in Halle, as well as Mozart’s Requiem at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.
Among Maria’s opera roles are Pamina, Susanna, Armida (Handel), Tebaldo (Verdi), Melanto and Giunóne (Monteverdi), Proserpina/L’altra Ninfa (Peri) with theatres as Drottningholm’s Court Theatre in Stockholm and The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen.
Together with renowned orchestras such as Concerto Copenhagen, The Netherland Bach Society, EUBO, The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Ricercar Consort Maria regularly performs at venues and festivals including Edinburgh International Festival, Bozar in Brussels, Tanglewood, Göteborg Concert Hall, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Halle Händel Festspiele, Ambronay, Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow and Wiener Konzerthaus.
She is in great demand as a concert and oratorio soloist and has performed with several well-known conductors, such as Philippe Pierlot, Michael Schönwandt, Tobias Ringborg, Eric Ericson, Martin Gester, Roy Goodman, Gustav Leonhardt, Jakob Lindberg, Andrew Manze, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Parrott, Stephen Stubbs, Jos van Veldhoven, Arnold Östman, and Lars-Ulrik Mortensen.
Maria is featured on many CD recordings, and 2014 she participates in the enormous project “All of Bach” together with The Netherland Bach Society. Her latest recording triumphs include excellent reviews for the CD “Pure Handel” with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, as well as Weckman’s Conjuratio with Ricercar Consort, which also received the award “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2013”.
At the International Van Wassenaer Concourse in 2000 Maria received an award as the most promising individual musician, and she has been honored several times by The Royal Swedish Academy of Music. 2005 she got the Reumert Price for her part as Armida in Händel’s Rinaldo and 2014 she received the Jussi Björling prize.