SHE’S SO CLASSIC
AUSSIE SINGER MIRUSIA LOUWERSE BRINGS HER FAIRYTALE TO LIFE AT TWEED HEADS
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.