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Mezzo-soprano Majie Zeller has received critical praise for the "opulent tone" and "warmth of expression" she brings to her performances as a soloist in opera and oratorio, as well as in contemporary and chamber music.

Her operatic credits include the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola with the Michigan Opera Theatre touring company, the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte with Granite State Opera, and the Third Lady with Monadnock Music, as well as Rosina in The Barber of Seville, Dorabella in Cosí fan tutte, Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffman, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, and Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus. She made her Boston Lyric Opera debut in 2000 as one of Akhnaten's daughters in Philip Glass's Akhnaten, and has returned as Butterfly's Aunt in Madama Butterfly and in several roles in Tod Machover's Resurrection.Last season she was featured as Nancy T'ang in Opera Boston's highly acclaimed production of Nixon in China.

Noted for her oratorio performances in both mezzo and soprano roles, Majie has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cantata Singers, Emmanuel Music and many other choruses and orchestras in works ranging from Schütz to John Harbison. The last several seasons have included her "vibrant" performance in last fall's East Coast premiere of Harbison's Four Psalms, the Bach St. Matthew Passion, B Minor Mass, and Magnificat with the Cantata Singers under David Hoose, as well as appearances as cantata soloist with Emmanuel Music under Craig Smith, and Copland's In the Beginning with the Brookline Chorus under William Cutter. She has also been featured in the Requiems of Mozart and Durufle, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore, and the Mozart Mass in C Minor Mass in the original Latin as well as with Lorenzo Da Ponte's Italian text, Davidde penitente.

Twice a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, she has presented premieres of works by several American composers, including James Yannatos' Death Songs and Amazing Grace, Bret L. Silverman's The Tree of Life with PALS under Johanna Hill Simpson, and John McDonald's set of songs, A Tale of Jack & Jill. She has also sung Arvo Pärt's Stabat Mater with Emmanuel Music under Craig Smith, and presented Schoenberg's seminal 30-minute twelve tone song cycle, Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, at Tanglewood. She is the soprano soloist on the recording of John Harbison's Four Psalms on New World Records (released 2004).

 

Reviews

 

"The Schütz motets...were marked by musical aplomb...and, in 'Wo der Herr,' bewitching singing by [the] fine mezzo-soprano, Majie Zeller."
 The Cantata Singers - Robert S. Clark, The Hudson Review

"Mezzo-soprano Majie Zeller's fervent delivery of Schütz's 'Paratum cor meum, Deus' for solo voice showed [a] distinctive individual talent …"
 The Cantata Singers - Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe

"Like a breath of fragrant spring air, Zeller's uncommonly beautiful soprano graced 'Christe eleison' in the Kyrie section and continued with the 'Domine Deus' in the Gloria section."
• Dvorak Mass in D, Op. 86, Dedham Choral Society
 Joel Altman, The Patriot Ledger, Boston, MA

"Majie Zeller's soprano compels attention with silvery glitter."
• Dvorak Mass in D, Op. 86, Dedham Choral Society
 Susan Larson, The Boston Globe

"Best of all, though, was a Vaughan Williams masterpiece...an almost unbearably poignant setting of 'The Unquiet Grave'...as Roberta Anderson, Majie Zeller, and Gloria Raymond were singing it, Brookline's All Saints Parish seemed the stillest place in the world."
• The Cantata Singers - Richard Buell, The Boston Globe

"Mezzo-soprano soloist Majie Zeller...was a delight to hear in a major role."
• Mozart Mass in c minor, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
 Gerald Brennan, Ann Arbor News, MI

"[Zeller] animated her selections with a variety of tone colors and moods...The most impressive contribution was Zeller's in three songs by Ravel [in which] she illumi-nated the gossamer hints and moods of love glimpsed, teased and idealized...Clear dic-tion and a good sense of the quirky and languid moods also enlivened Zeller's per-formance in four songs from Aaron Copland's Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson."
• Benefit recital for Tanglewood Fellowships, Pittsfield
 Andrew L. Pincus, Berkshire Eagle, MA

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