The story of Australian singer Mirusia Louwerse’s discovery by André Rieu is the stuff of “dreams come true”. Of Dutch origins but raised in Brisbane, Mirusia’s gorgeous stage presence and effortless soprano voice has tackled a range of repertoire from Mozart’s Countess in The Marriage of Figaro to gut-wrenching renditions from Lloyd Webber musicals. Always and Forever is a story in 14 songs of the musical experiences Mirusia has enjoyed on stage and in the studio with André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra.
The album features performances of such evergreens as Schubert’s “Ave Maria”, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Memory” (Cats) and “Wishing you were somehow here again” (Phantom of the Opera), as well as a breathtaking “Concerto pour une voix” from one-hit wonder Saint-Prieux, rediscovered by Rieu, and a tribute to her homeland (and André’s second home), Australia, by way of “Botany Bay”. On this album Mirusia sings in six different languages (English, German, Latin, French, Italian, Norwegian)! It also includes two beautiful duets with Carmen Monarcha (Plaisir d’amour, Send in the clowns).