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ABOUT

„It's the instant that attracts me, the moment of expression, the pure joy of playing, the full confidence in the music, the lyrics and my Intuition.““

Growing up in a family of musicians, the Swiss soprano Selina Maria Batliner started playing the flute and piano at a young age, before she found her true calling in singing. 2011 she started her bachelor of Arts in singing, at the "Hochschule der Künste Bern" in Bern with prof. Hans Peter Blochwitz. After graduating with distinction in year 2015, she continued her singing education with prof. Malin Hartelius in a Master of Pedagogy at the HKB from which she graduated, again with distinction in summer 2019.


In 2013 Selina Maria Batliner has won a scholarship from the Friedl Wald Foundation and took part in several master classes of Hans Peter Blochwitz, Capucine Chiaudani, Malin Hartelius and Tatiana Korsunskaya.


In 2018 Selina had the chance to take part in an orchestra project with conductor Graziella Contratto, where she performed three songs of „Des Knaben Wunderhorn“ from Gustav Mahler. As a part of that project she got to record these songs in the SRF Radiostudio Zürich. The CD was published in spring 2019 by the label „claves records“.


Her repertoire includes songs and Arias from the Renaissance until today with a focus on romantic music and music written around the turn of the century (19th/20th). For some time now, french and german chansons and Broadway-Reptertoire widen her singing experience and she is interested in crossover-projects, different music styles and in growing her musical horizon.


2019 she performed at the Open Air Moosegg in the production of „Schwarzwaldmädel“ and at the Opera Festival Munot singing competition she won the role of the 2. Dame in their „magic flute“ production 2020 (postponed). Also she won a prize at the Dienemann-Liedcontest in 2020. In spite of the pandemic she could 2021 perform in several settings, such as with the Philharmonie Jena, the BKO and the OPUS orchestra Bern and founded her own Trio „ScHerz“ with colleague and tenor Michael Mogl and the pianist Monika Nagy. Their first operetta-program „Heut’ Abend lad’ ich mir die Liebe ein“ has premiered and is now ready to be booked.

Having studied singing pedagogy, she is teaching now at the music schools Region Jegenstorf and Bantiger, working with choirs as a vocal coach and also takes part in music mediation projects, for example 2019 at the Opera Zürich, where she sung and worked, together with Felicitas Erb in their introduction workshops for school classes for their opera production „Coraline“ or in 2021/22 in the „Kulturdorf für Junge“ in Terra Vecchia.

„ The diversity of the human voice always fascinated me and after my vocal studies I pursued singing in a broad field of styles and continually educate myself and my voice to do so. “

Selina Maria is passionate for Opera/Concert/Lied as well as other styles such as Chanson/Cabaret/Pop/

Broadway repertoire and even writes her own songs.

 

In terms of opera repertory, she is currently studying lyric soprano roles from different composers, such as Massenet's Manon (Manon), Puccini's Mimi (La Bohème) und Liù (Turandot), Bizet's Micaela (Carmen), Mozart's Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) / Gräfin (le nozze di figaro)/ Vitellia (la clemenza di Tito)/ zweite Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Kalmann's Gräfin Mariza (Gräfin Mariza), Strauss' Rosalinde, Léhar's Hanna Glawari (die lustige Wittwe) und Giuditta (Giuditta).

Her voice is great for Concert- and Liedrepertoire and contents works of composers from Bach to Jenkins, as well as Mahler, Schumann, Schubert, Wolf, Zemlinksy, Strauss, Schoeck, Schönberg, Brahms, Fauré, Britten, Dowland and more.

Selina's Chanson/Cabaret and Broadway repertory includes a great deal of the songs from Kurt Weill as well as songs from different musicals like Cats, My Fair Lady, Anatevka, Yentl, Hair, Cabaret, West Side Story, les Misérables, The Sound of Music, Hamilton und different german and french chansons from the 1920's until today.

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// Chanson

For many years now Selina has been fascinated by the musical world of the French chansons and the old German songs from the 20ies to the 50ies (and sometimes later). This kind of music is full of emotions and passion, humour and satire, and many of these songs were written by great composers. 
Together with a fellow student Lea Gasser (accordion) she started singing and performing this repertoire back in 2013, later on together with the fantastic accordion player Kalle Moberg and of course including several pianists.
Her repertoire holds songs and chansons from many different composers, for example Kurt Weill, Friedrich Holländer, Hans Fritz Beckmann, Michael Jary etc. - songs which where sung by famous singers such as Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich, Zarah Leander, Edith Piaf and more. 

 

It would be her pleasure to sing at your event, if it is a full evening program, a wedding ceremony or a musical intermezzo for your event of choice. Please feel free to contact her.

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// Trio ScHerz

Founded in 2021 the Trio ScHerz loves to perform operetta repertoire from the 1930ies and 40ies. Sensitive and creative interpretation that goes deeper than just to serve the pure „entertainment“ purpose is very important for them.

In love not everything is always going as planned. Swaying between phantasy and reality the two characters Freddy and Emma are searching for their own way. Embedded in operetta melodies of the 1930ies, they struggle with their feelings and the big questions to love, life and the other. Who says, that operetta cannot also be deep?

Their current, evening filling entertainment program: „Heut’ Abend lad’ ich mir die Liebe ein“ 

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It is their pleasure to sing at your event, nevermind if it is a full evening program, a wedding ceremony or a musical intermezzo for your event of choice. Please feel free to contact them, on request they might as well sing other music out of the opera and entertainment repertoire for you.

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"We want to touch the public, as well as make think and give the wonderful music of the greatest composers of their time our voice. That way we create an evening full of poetic, sometimes even tragic moments with the key theme of an ambivalent love story.“

// Duo Röseli & Rosmarin

Together with her partner Jean-François Simon (Euphonium, Composition) as a duo they play creative arrangements from the Swiss, German and French culture which is rich in tradition.

 

With well-known melodies, the Duo would gladly take you on a musical journey through the past.

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// Stella Maria

Under the pseudonym «Stella Maria» Selina Maria Batliner is writing and publishing her original music.

«All the Way» is an intercultural, interstylistic music & text production, grown from the encounter of the poet Ramazan Rahimi born in Afghanistan and the singer Selina Maria Batliner born in Switzerland. They took the time to talk about their lives, upbringing, feelings, childhood and their questions about societies and the future.

 

The songs and some poems that were created in that process were then collectively arranged and interpreted by experienced musicians with stylistic origins in the Jazz and classical music world.

 

Texts from both Selina Maria and Ramazan accompany the project and will be published in an accompanying book.

 

Selina Maria Batliner / composition, voice

Ramazan Rahimi / poems,  voice

Jean- François Simon / euphonium, serpent, cornet,  

arrangements

Hannes Bürgi / piano, arrangements

Nicolas Wolf / percussion, arrangements

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«Who am I?

Where will I go?

Who am I?

Where did I come from?

Where will I go?

Can I live the life that I chose

Or will I live the life,

that you have

chosen for me?»

 Stella Maria

PÄDAGOGIK

Selina Maria was working as a singing teacher at the music school Region Jegenstorf from spring 2019 until January 2023. Since 2021 she is a singing teacher at the music school Bantiger and is giving vocal lessons in different types of singing . In addition to that, she has some privat students and is working with different choirs as a vocal coach.

In the past Selina also got to make some experiences as a music mediator. For her master project, she organised and led a project week in the primary school Zufikon, where she worked with class of  5th degree students during a whole week. (singing, dancing, body percussion, song writing). In 2019 she was part of the Team in the introduction workshops for the family opera Coraline at the Opera Zürich, where she will be coming back for „Alice“ in 2022 as well.

 

Since 2021 she takes part of the project „Kulturdorf für Junge“ in Terra Vecchia, where is responsible for the «Terra Vecchia choir». 

In spring 2023 she co-founded the association «Verein Musikvermittlung Schweiz» where she is a member of the board.

“It's not my own dream that I wish to fullfill with my students, but to help them to live their own dreams. To discover their way, to accompany them on it and to encourage them to stay open-minded and try new things.“

Musikschule Bantiger https://www.musikschule-bantiger.ch

Kulturdorf Terra Vecchia https://terravecchia.org

Opernhaus Zurich Musiktheaterpädagogik https://www.opernhaus.ch/jung/schulen/

Musikvermittlung Schweiz https://musikvermittlungschweiz.ch

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