Mirusia Louwerse (born 29 March 1985) is an Australian soprano. She performs as Mirusia and is seen as "The Unconventional Pop Star" and "The Angel of Australia".
Louwerse was born in Brisbane, Australia to Dutch parents and attended Ormiston College. She graduated in December 2006 from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Performance in Classical Voice. In 2006, Louwerse became the youngest ever winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award and went on to record a debut EP entitled She Walks in Beauty.
Her aunt, who lives in the Netherlands, contacted André Rieu to tell him about her niece's talent. He listened to her voice on her website and phoned her straight away and two days later she was standing before him in his studio ready to sing.
She has been touring with the Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu since 2007 as his star soprano. She is of Dutch descent and can speak Dutch fluently. In April 2008, André Rieu and Louwerse released an album entitled Waltzing Matilda. The album peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Charts, was certified platinum and became the 20th best selling album in Australia in 2008.
Her solo album Always & Forever was released in Australia on 8 October 2010 and debuted at number 17. It was released in The Netherlands in December 2010. Her DVD Always & Forever was released in March 2011 and stayed at the No. 1 position on the ARIA DVD charts for four weeks. In 2012 Louwerse won the ARIA No. 1 Chart Award for Always & Forever and was the only classical artist to receive such an award.
In 2013, Louwerse performed with André Rieu at the coronation concert of the king of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander. In this same year, to celebrate Benjamin Britten's 100th birthday, she performed under the baton of John Curro with the Queensland Youth Symphony Britten's War Requiem in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. 2013 also saw Louwerse embark on her first full scale national tour of The Netherlands on her "My Second Home Tour", which was also filmed for DVD and released as "Beautiful That Way" on DVD and CD. In 2014, Louwerse toured with her solo tour "My Favorite Things" to sold-out audiences across The Netherlands and Australia.
She released This Time Tomorrow in May 2016. The CD is a studio recording and the DVD was filmed live in The Netherlands. Both the CD and DVD charted in the Top 10 on the Dutch and Australian charts, with the CD's highest position at No. 1 on the ARIA Classical Crossover charts and the DVD at No. 4 on the ARIA Music DVD chart.
Mirusia toured internationally in 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with her concert tour "This Time Tomorrow" with 40 concerts.
In 2017, Mirusia toured internationally with her concert tour "From the Heart" which began in The Netherlands in March 2017 and saw her perform over 40 concerts worldwide. In 2018 Mirusia performed a special concert tour in The Netherlands entitled "An Enchanted Evening"to full houses and exceptional reviews.
Mirusia debuted in professional Musical Theatre in April 2019 as the lead role in the new musical 'Mimma - A musical of War and Friendship' (Siemiginowski/Watson). The Australian media gave Mirusia rave reviews for her portrayal of the title role.
At the start of 2019, Mirusia released a new album entitled 'A Salute to The Seekers'. The album debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Charts and was in the Top 20 on the Jazz and Blues charts for three consecutive months. Together with the Original Seekers, Mirusia performed sold-out shows at QPAC Concert Hall, Sydney Recital Hall and Melbourne’s Recital Hall late 2019. At these concerts the Original Seekers officially welcomed Mirusia to “The Seekers Family” and Mirusia gave tribute to The Seekers and her great inspiration, Judith Durham.
2020 sees Mirusia embarking on a 40 date concert tour around Australia with her new concert program "A Salute to The Seekers and the Classics", plus she will be touring in Europe late 2020.
Louwerse is an ambassador for the Australian Children's Music Foundation and believes strongly that if children are exposed to music or are involved in music, they will grow up to be better human beings. Since 2010, Louwerse has participated in concerts to raise funds for the ACMF. She raised more than $260,000 in 2013, for the ACMF, Redland Foundation and Mater Children's Hospital, and was recognised with a 'QLD Volunteer of the Year' Award. Louwerse is also the ambassador for the Redland Foundation, showing her support for her community where she grew up and still lives today.
In July 2015, Louwerse married her long term boyfriend Youri Wystyrk. The wedding was a much celebrated affair with André Rieu writing a special piece of music and filming a video clip of the pair before their wedding. In December 2017, Louwerse gave birth to the couple's first child, Sascha.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Ich tanze mit dir in den Himmel hinein||
|Always and Forever||
|My Favourite Things||
|This Time Tomorrow||
|From the Heart||
|A Salute to The Seekers||
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Beautiful That Way: Live in Holland||
|She Walks in Beauty||