'Mirjam Mesak is surely a singing actress with a great future, and she effortlessly shone out over the biggest vocal ensembles and accompanimental textures.'
Manchester Theatre Awards
'...Mirjam Mesak stood out as Iolanta. Fragile and fairy-like, her lyrical soprano let the princess shine from within. With a slightly rapturous timbre, she played and lived the blindness credibly and thus gave her role an incredible depth...'
'Mirjam Mesak is vocally and acting-wise an enchating Freia'
'The live stream gave audiences the opportunity to experience all her finesse and subtle details without strain and this critic definitely fell in love with her characterization'
Estonian soprano Mirjam Mesak is currently a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper ensemble where her appearances this season include Kirill Serebrennikov’s new production of The Nose conducted by Vladmir Jurowski and Barrie Kosky’s new production of The Cunning Little Vixen under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
Despite the challenges of the last season, Mirjam appeared in an all-star cast of La bohème conducted by Asher Fisch, streamed internationally by the Bayerische Staatsoper, where her portrayal of Musetta was praised for its “beauty and elegance” (Opera Wire). She also appeared as Juliette in Simon Stone’s landmark production of Die tote Stadt under Kirill Petrenko, since released on DVD, which will be reprised this season in Munich. In Estonia she took part in a number of gala concerts with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Olari Elts and the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra conducted by Risto Joost, both broadcast by the ERR.
A former member of Munich’s Opernstudio, Mirjam has made a tremendous impression in numerous titles including the title-role of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta conducted by Alevtina Ioffe at the Cuvilliés Theater, soon to be released on DVD. Other highlights have included Freia (Das Rheingold), Nella (Gianni Schicchi) conducted by Daniele Rustioni, and Dew Fairy in Richard Jones’ Hänsel und Gretel under Patrick Lange. Elsewhere Mirjam made a critically acclaimed debut as Norina in Don Pasquale with the Estonian National Opera conducted by Arvo Volmer, a role she reprises with them this season in addition to Iolanta in concert.
Mirjam Mesak is a graduate of Guildhall School of Music & Drama (First Class Honours) where she studied under the tutelage of Prof. Rudolf Piernay. She has performed as a soloist in several of London’s renowned concert halls such as the Barbican Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall (including as part of the LSO’s ‘This is Rattle’ festival), and Wigmore Hall.
In 2019 she was awarded with the Bavarian Art Prize in the section Performing Arts (Bayerische Kunstdörderpreis in Der Sparte Darstellende Kunst).