Praised by the press for her clear, virtuoso and versatile voice, the Austrian coloratura soprano Marelize Gerber’s art as singer is supported by a thorough musical education. Born in South Africa, she received violin lessons from the age of four and was a member of the State Opera’s childrens chorus in Pretoria. She received her Bachelor in Musicology degree from the University of South Africa with distinction, and simultaneously studied at the Opera School of the Pretoria Technikon and received singing lessons from Ks Mimi Coertse. That set her firmly on the path to continue her vocal studies with Ks Ruthilde Boesch in Vienna. In addition, she completed a Masters Degree in Music.
Her endeavour to perfect her art of singing inspired her to receive additional training in the form of masterclasses from Mieke van der Sluis (Baroque Singing), Jesper Christensen (Schola Cantorum Basiliensis - Baroque Chamber Music), Peter van Heyghen (Baroque Opera), Sigrid T’Hooft (Baroque Gestures and Dance), Ks Renate Holm and Ks Bernd Weikl.
Marelize Gerber has established herself as an outstanding interpreter of early music. Highlights of her career so far, include the title role in Rameau's Zéphyre as well as Nerone in Handel's Agrippina at the Vienna Chamber Opera, appearances at the International Handel Academy in Karlsruhe (Barsine in Keiser's Nebucadnezar), in Heidelberg (Deianira in Steffani's La Lotta d'Hercole con Acheloo), at the opera houses in Poznan and Stettin (female leading role in Purcell's Fairy Queen) as well as at the donauFESTWOCHEN with the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra under the baton of Michi Gaigg (Cephisa in Telemann's Orpheus and Amital in Mozart's La Betulia Liberata) and the Euridice Baroque Orchestra (Dryante in Keiser's Der geliebte Adonis) . She is a regular guest artist at internationally renowned festivals for early music such as the Resonanzen 2015, Trigonale Festival, the Festival Barocco di Viterbo, Budapest Festival Baroque Orchestra - Bridging Europe, Festiwal Oper Barokowych Dramma per musica in Warsaw, Mozart Festival Bratislava, the 'Internationale Bach Tage' in Frankfurt, Kassel and Weimar, BACH XXI GRAZ and the St. Pölten Baroque Festival. She was also invited to perform with the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra under Michi Gaigg (Bach's Christmas Oratorio) and with Adam Fischer's Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonie in Spain. During April 2015 she made her debut at the Vienna Burgtheater singing a baroque aria in Elfriede Jelinek's Die Schutzbefohlenen.
Apart from her participation in early music productions, the soprano has a diverse repertoire of operas and operettas, including Blondchen (Entführung aus dem Serail/Mozart), Madame Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor/Mozart), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte/Mozart), Anna (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor/Nicolai), Fiakermilli (Arabella/Strauss), Gretel, Dew Fairy und Sandman (Hänsel und Gretel/Humperdinck), Genovieffa (Suor Angelica/Puccini), Der Waldvogel (Siegfried/Wagner), Ein Junger Hirt (Tannhäuser/Wagner) and Adele (Die Fledermaus/Strauß). As a special guest artist she was invited to perform opera and operetta gala concerts with the Vienna Strauss Orchestra in Mexico and with the Izmir State Symphony Orchestra in Turkey.
The artist also distinguished herself as an interpreter of contemporary music and is featuring on a regular basis in world première performances at the Sirene Opera Theatre, the Walter Arlen Festival in Rostock, the Arnold Schoenberg Centre in Vienna as well as in the film version of EXIL ARTE, where she sang the role of Deborah in Erich Zeisl's Opera Hiob.
Ms. Gerber is continuously expanding her concert repertoire to include a variety of works. Recent highlights include performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Finkenstein Castle Arena (Carmina Burana/Orff), the Grafenegg Music Festival (Silk Road/Tan Dun), the Vienna Musikverein, the 'Festival Carinthischer Sommer 2013', the viennese Albertina, the Clementinum in Prague and the Slovenian Philharmonic Hall. She is invited on a regular basis to perform sacred music by Monteverdi, Fux, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Fauré and Dvorak. Concert tours have taken her to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Syria, Greece, Spain, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
She collaborated with famous European orchestras and ensembles like the L'Orfeo, Capriccio, La Tempesta, JJ Fux and Karlsruher Baroque Orchestras, the Clemencic Consort, Haydn Philharmonie, Capella Leopoldina, Baroque Orchestra of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Il Giardino d'Amore, Academia Salieri, Musica Figuralis, In Flagranti, Prague Bach Orchestra, Ensemble Saitsiing & - Tientos, Capella Lutherana, Concertino Amarilli, Musiche Varie Renaissance Ensemble, Musica Aeterna, Vienna Residence Orchestra, Orquesta Filharmonica de Málaga, Bielefelder Philharmoniker and the Savaria Symphony Orchestra. Within the framework of her extensive activity as a soloist she has worked with renowned conductors such as Michi Gaigg, René Clemencic, Bernhard Klebel, Peter van Heyghen, Lorenz Duftschmid, Tan Dun, Daniel Cavazza, Guillermo Garcia-Calvo, Paul Weigold, Francois-Pierre Descamps, Clau Scherrer and Markus Landerer.
The discography of the artist includes recordings for GRAMOLA and RAUMKLANG (Baroque Soprano Cantatas), Oehms Classics (Praetorius) and SONY MUSIC/deutsche harmonia mundi (Orpheus - Telemann). Lately a recording of Mozart's La Betulia Liberata with the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Michi Gaigg and Ms. Gerber singing the role of Amital, was released at CHALLENGE RECORDS.