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Iris Vermillion (born 1960) is a German operatic mezzo-soprano. A member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 1988, she has enjoyed an international career, appearing in Amsterdam with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and at the Salzburg Festival, among others.
Born in Bielefeld, Vermillion studied flute and voice at the Hochschule für Musik Detmold and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Mechthild Böhme and Judith Beckmann. She took master classes with Erik Werba , Christa Ludwig and Hermann Prey.
She worked first at the Staatstheater Braunschweig and was engaged from 1988 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin by Götz Friedrich. She was known internationally by performances of Mozart parts with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Amsterdam, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro. Another internationally noted performance was the part of Clairon in the 1991 Salzburg Festival production of Capriccio by Richard Strauss, conducted by Horst Stein. In 1997, she appeared as Selim in the first revival in modern times of Hasse's Solimano at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, in a production staged by Georg Quander and conducted by René Jacobs, with Thomas Randle in the title role. Vermillion also collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim and Giuseppe Sinopoli.
She was awarded the prize Der Faust for her performance in the title role of Othmar Schoeck's Penthesilea at the Semperoper in 2008. In 2012, she performed the part of Klytämnestra in Elektra by Strauss at the Graz Opera, followed by the Nurse in his Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Teatro Colón and the Kostelnička Buryjovka in Janáček's Jenůfa.