Soprano Marie Lys (-Jaermann) studied at the Royal College of Music where she graduated with First Class Honours in 2014, before joining their International Opera School under Amanda Roocroft, graduating in 2016.
She recently won First Prize in the Lies Askonas Competition 2016, Second Prize in the Joan Chissell Schumann prize for voice and piano 2016, the Michael Normington Prize in the Handel Singing Competition, and First Prize in the Göttinger Reihe Historischer Musik Competition 2015 with Abchordis Ensemble, that she co-founded in 2011. Their first recording, 'Stabat Mater', was published last year by Sony DHM.
Marie is a Samling Artist and a Soloist of the Migros Culture Percentage. She is a Solti Accademia alumni and she has been supported by the Drake Calleja Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and the Leenaards, Dénéréaz, Colette Mosetti and Friedl Wald Foundations.
On the operatic stage she performed the roles of Asteria (Tamerlano) at Buxton Festival, Dalinda (Ariodante) at the London Handel Festival, Eurilla (Orlando Paladino) with Opéra de Fribourg, Adele (Die Fledermaus) directed by John Copley, Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte) and Clara (La Vie Parisienne) at the RCM International Opera School, Galatea (Acis and Galatea) with Génération Baroque and with Opéra Louise, Nanetta (Falstaff) at Woodhouse Opera, and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) at Les Azuriales Festival. In 2011 she premiered the role of Mina in the world premiere of Thierry Besançon's Dracula ou la Symphonie Inachevée in Switzerland.
Marie sang under conductors such as Michel Corboz, Laurence Cummings, Sigiswald Kuijken, Martin Gester and Daniel Reuss, in many festivals including Ambronay Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, La Folle Journée and Verbier Festival.
Performance venues include Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace and Kings Place (London), Opéra de Lausanne, Opéra de Vichy, Opéra d’Avignon, Duomo di Pisa, Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Tokyo International Forum and Yomiuri Otemachi Hall (Tokyo).