The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - PHIL BROWN

As the star so­prano for An­dre Rieu’s mega-con­certs, Aus­tralian Mirusia Louwerse trav­els the world shar­ing the gift of song. Her ver­sion of Schu­bert’s

Ave Maria has had 27 mil­lion views on YouTube

She lives in Maas­tricht in the Nether­lands – An­dre Rieu cen­tral – with her new hus­band Youri Wystyrk, whom she met when he was work­ing on the pro­duc­tion team at an An­dre Rieu con­cert and mar­ried in July.

But if life seems like fairy­tale for “the An­gel of Aus­tralia,” there is no hid­ing her ex­cite­ment at com­ing home for a tour in 2016.

Mirusia, who tours as a solo act with her cham­ber or­ches­tra and Aus­tralian mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Graeme Press, says com­ing home helps ground her.

“My mum and dad, Henja and Jack, still live in Red­lands (Bris­bane), where I grew up,” Mirusia says. “They’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing me back home. And I do con­sider it home and Youri knows it well, too. I’m so ex­cited to be com­ing back to Aus­tralia for my first full na­tional tour.”

Mirusia’s Dutch par­ents en­cour­aged her ta­lent – a ta­lent that was recog­nised early on when she be­came the youngest-ever win­ner of the pres­ti­gious Dame Joan Sutherland Award.

She had grad­u­ated from the Con­ser­va­to­rium and had a promis­ing ca­reer ahead, but no one re­alised how soon that ca­reer would take off. It was ac­cel­er­ated by her Dutch aunt, who emailed An­dre Rieu in­tro­duc­ing her.

Rieu called Mirusia at home. At first she thought it was a prank but not long after that she was in Maas­tricht to au­di­tion.

For now Mirusia, 30, says she is tak­ing life a day at a time and en­joy­ing her suc­cess. Her last al­bum, My

Favourite Things, is still sell­ing well, with a new one, This

Time To­mor­row, due out soon. My Favourite Things tour starts Satur­day at Twin Towns, Tweed Heads

Mirusia Louwerse’s clas­si­cal ca­reer took off after she au­di­tioned for An­dre Rieu.

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