"Perfect would be a boring thing to be"
In the 2021 season Marieke de Koker makes her debuts as Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with LAH-SOW Opera, as Dido in Dido and Aeneas with DePaul Choirs, and as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte with SittOpera. She also stars as Fiordiligi in Supernova Opera's virtual film and album "Così fan tutti" which she directed and adapted for a socially distanced production. She stars in the Mugg & Bean Opera Concert with Thabo Sithole at the Rand Club in Johannesburg and joins Johannesburg Opera for the filming of their online Sacred Music Concert. She releases Never Again, an online recital focused on War and Conflict Awareness, featuring a world premiere of her first song cycle. She also releases her debut album Heimwee featuring her arrangements of 19th century Russian female court composers.
In 2022 Marieke looks forward to working with SittOpera for her debut as Valencienne in The Merry Widow and understudying Sophie in Der Rosenkavelier and Marzelline in Fidelio.
Due to COVID-19 Marieke was unable to debut the role of Musetta in La bohème with Jerusalem Lyric Opera Studio and had to turn down the opportunity to assistant direct Le Nozze di Figaro with Saluzzo Opera Academy.
In the 2019/2020 season Marieke made her debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Eunomia in Cavalli's L'Egisto with DePaul Opera Theater. She performed as Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor with the Austrian American Mozart Academy and also starred as Madame Silberklang in DePaul Opera Club's production which she directed and produced. She joined Russian Opera Workshop to study the roles of Tatyana from Eugene Onegin and Tamara from Rubinstein's The Demon. She shared the stage with Nicole Cabell at the Grand Opening Gala of the Jarvis Opera Hall and sang as a soloist in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with Windy City Performing Arts. She performed as guest artist at the Musical Bouquet Concert with the Lorraine Havemann Studio for Vocal Excellence in Pretoria, South Africa. She also performed in several concerts and opera scenes in Salzburg, Austria and the Marche region of Italy.
In 2020 Marieke was named first place winner of the Charleston International Music Competition and placed second at the Hal Leonard Vocal Competition. She was named the George and Phyllis Muccianti Vocal Scholarship winner at Casa Italia in Chicago and was a prize winner at the Voices of South Africa International Opera Competition.
Marieke received her Bachelor's degree in Music Performance Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University in Chicago. She was a recipient of the Anne Marie Gerts Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, Marieke received a scholarship to study in the U.S. at age 16 where she pursued filmmaking at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Marieke is a multi-talented interdisciplinary artist who also stars as a composer, librettist and filmmaker in addition to her career as an opera singer. As the grandchild of stage and radio actors Ben and Corrie de Koker, her love for performance runs in her veins. She was three years old when she stepped on stage for the first time as a ballerina.