The Angel of Australia
Mirusia is an Australian-Dutch soprano and has gained worldwide fame as soloist with André Rieu, who describes her as “The Angel of Australia”.
With over 19 million hits on youtube for her performance of Schubert’s ‘Ave Maria’, it is no surprise that the world is also using the term ‘Angel of Australia’ when referring to Mirusia.
Mirusia says she is living the life she has always dreamed of - to touch people's hearts with singing. She sings in cities all over the world, she tours the world with André Rieu, has had two #1 albums in Australia and a Platinum and #1 ARIA Chart Award Winning DVD and is always surrounded by talented musicians. Mirusia is enjoying every moment.
Having always sung as a young girl and enjoying being on stage it was in 2005, when Australia would first see Mirusia sing on their home screens. Mirusia was chosen as the ‘Young Talent’ on the 2005 ‘Golden Casket Lord Mayors Christmas Carols’, which was televised on QLD’s Channel 7.
6 months later Mirusia was announced as the youngest recipient ever of the prestigious "Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award". That year she graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium and she received numerous scholarships and bursaries for her outstanding recitals at the QLD Conservatorium of Music including the ‘Elizabeth Muir Memorial Prize’, ‘Brisbane Womens Club’ and ‘Margaret Haysom Bursaries’, and the ‘Linda Edith Allen Scholarship’ two times over.
2007 saw Mirusia move to The Netherlands to join Waltz King, André Rieu. André contacted Mirusia after recieving an email from her aunt in The Netherlands. After hearing her voice on her website he straight away called her and asked if she would like to tour with him around the world. She joined him full time as his star soprano, touring around the world, filming numerous award winning DVD's and CD's and making many people happy with the joy of music.
Mirusia has performed in many countries all over the world including The Netherlands, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Turkey, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, China, Taiwan, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, The United States of America, Canada, Mexico, Japan, France and Belgium.
In 2008, Mirusia played a major role in André Rieu's ‘World Stadium Tour’, which even took her back to her home country Australia. ‘The World Stadium Tour’ broke all the world records as the largest set, cast and crew to ever tour in the history of the music industry. To celebrate the success in Australia, André Rieu and Mirusia released the CD 'Waltzing Matilda' which went Platinum within 10 days and stayed at the number one position on the Australian Pop Charts for three consecutive weeks. This CD was the first and only time Rieu had ever collaborated with another artist and was released as a tribute to the many dedicated fans in Australia.This same year Mirusia returned to Brisbane to perform at the IGA Carols in the City 2008, a special homecoming for her home crowd.
In 2010, Rieu presented Mirusia in her first International Solo release 'Always & Forever', a CD and DVD which went platinum and stayed at the #1 position in Australia for 4 weeks. A DVD quickly followed and it went straight to the #1 position on the ARIA charts earning Mirusia a #1 Aria Chart Award in 2012.
In 2012 Mirusia began touring solo on her 'Home Tour' through Australia and her "Second Home Tour" through The Netherlands in 2013. A DVD and CD were recorded of her performance in Maastricht in September 2013 which has been released as "Beautiful That Way".
One of Mirusia's career highlight's would have to be singing at the Coronation for the new Dutch King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima on April 30, 2013. Together with André Rieu and the JSO, in front of a 60,000 live crowd and millions watching live, Mirusia sang 'Time to Say Goodbye' for the former Queen, Princess Beatrix and 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina' for the new Queen Maxima, originally from Argentina.
Mirusia is also Ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation (ACMF). She strongly believes that music should be in integral part of any child's education and is very dedicated to raising awareness for this wonderful charity. She also raises funds for the Mater Little Miracles, Redlands Foundation and Mater Redlands, donating her CD sales and performing at their events to support to their wonderful cause. Her charity work has been so greatly appreciated that Mirusia is Queensland's Volunteer of the Year 2013 for raising more that $260,000 for the Mater Foundation, Redlands Foundation and the ACMF.
2014 has seen Mirusia tour to new countries and record a new album called 'My Favorite Things' which debuted at number 31 on the Dutch Charts. Following a successful solo tour through The Netherlands to 12 cities, Mirusia is currently touring the world again with Andre Rieu.