'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...'
'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'
'Mirjam Mesak is vocally and acting-wise an enchating Freia'
Estonian soprano Mirjam Mesak is a current member of the Bayerische Staatsoper ensemble, where she has left an indelible impression in roles from Iolanta to Musetta. In September 2022, she portrayed the leading role in Axel Ranisch’s film “Orphea in Love” which premiered at the Bavarian State Opera – proving that the soprano possesses not only an “outstanding voice” (Crescendo) but is also a skilled actress. The film was subsequently released in cinemas throughout Germany.
The 2023/24 season marks several exciting debuts for Mirjam Mesak. She makes her house debut at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo singing Tebaldo in a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo staged by Davide Livermore. She also adds to her repertoire the role of Xenia in Boris Godunov under the auspices of the Bayerische Staatsoper and sees her first performances with the Royal Danish Opera as Michal in Barrie Kosky’s production of Saul. Additionally in Munich, she reprises the roles of Musetta in La bohème and Dama di Lady Macbeth in Macbeth and will also be seen in Shostakovich’s The Nose staged by Kirill Serebrennikov and led by Vladimir Jurowski, Verdi’s Il trovatore under Antonino Fogliani, and Wagner’s Parsifal conducted by Adam Fischer.
In Estonia, Mirjam appears regularly with the Estonian National Opera, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra. In the 2023/24 season, she appears as a soloist in Symphony No.2 (Mahler) with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under maestro Neeme Järvi, and gives two New Year’s concerts with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Kaspar Mänd. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of Rudolf Tobias, the first Estonian professional composer and organist, she is recording his Oratorio "Joonas" with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Tõnu Kaljuste.
In 2019 she was awarded with the Bavarian Art Prize in the section Performing Arts (Bayerische Kunstförderpreis in Der Sparte Darstellende Kunst).
© CSAM, July 2023