“It’s simply not possible to listen to Patricia Petibon without gasping with admiration at her versatility, flexibility, musicality, virtuosity and sheer force of personality . . . Petibon has the ability to make this music so much part of her own persona that its antiquity is brushed aside in one extravagant sigh or inflexion of the voice . . .” International Record Review, London, May 2010 (CD review of Rosso)
The soprano Patricia Petibon was born in Montargis, France. Already interested in the piano and fine arts as a child, she earned a bachelor’s degree in musicology at the Paris Conservatoire and then went on to study singing there with Professor Rachel Yakar, graduating with a first prize in 1995. She was discovered by the acclaimed American conductor and harpsichordist William Christie and consequently often worked with his orchestra Les Arts Florissants, appearing with Christie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Scala in Milan, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Wigmore Hall in London. Patricia Petibon has been awarded three Victoires de la musique classique – as “Best Young Talent” in 1998 and as “Best Opera Singer” in 2001 and 2003.
The 2013/14 season includes a new production of Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, a new tour with La Cetra with her program Nouveau Monde as well as the world premiere of Au Monde, a new opera by Philippe Boesmans in Brussels.
Recent highlights include Despina/Così Fan Tutte at the Salzburg Festival and her role debut of Lulu in Geneva, at the Salzburg Festival and in Barcelona (also released on DVD with the label DGG). She further performed Blanche/Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Theater an der Wien, Aspasia/Mitridate with Ivor Bolton at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Her debuts as Donna Anna/Don Giovanni at the Opéra Bastille in Paris and as Gilda/Rigoletto in Munich were stunning successes.
Concert engagements of the current season include Ravel’s Shéhérazade in Paris, concerts with her Spanish programme with the Orquesta Nacional de España in Madrid and Vienna, and Baroque arias with the Ensemble Amaryllis at the Festival d’Ambronay, her new baroque programme Nouveau Monde in Versailles and Geneva, Britten’s Les Illuminations in Munich and Budapest, ‘Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien in Vienna, Mozart arias in Copenhagen and Haydn’s Il Ritorno Di Tobia with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Salzburg Festival as well as recitals in Spain and Austria. At the Liceu in Barcelona she will perform in Mozart’s Lucio Silla.
In 1996 she made a successful debut at the Opéra de Paris in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, and subsequently appeared in a variety of roles including Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Norina in Don Pasquale and Olympia in Les Comptes d’Hoffmann. She has performed at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the opera houses in Lyon, Nancy, Toulouse and Strasbourg, following with debuts at the Opéra Bastille in Paris as Poussette in Massenet’s Manon, the Zurich Opera as Blonde and at the Vienna State Opera as Olympia and Sophie. In 2006 she made her role debut as Susanna in Le nozzi di Figaro in Nancy and in 2007 she appeared as Olympia at the Paris Opéra Bastille and as Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante in Geneva. Highlights of 2008 included Camille in Hérold’s Zampa at the Opéra Comique in Paris and the Duchess Carolina in the zarzuela Luisa Fernand by Federico Moreno Torroba at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna alongside Plácido Domingo.
The soprano is frequently heard as a recitalist and has also performed numerous Baroque opera roles, including Phani and Zima in Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes under William Christie at the Opéra Bastille, Dalinda in Ariodante conducted by Marc Minkowski and Amor in Gluck’s Orphée et Euridice under Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the reopening of the Théâtre du Châtelet. A particular success was her performance as Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida at the Vienna Musikverein, with Cecilia Bartoli and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She has since worked frequently with Harnoncourt, appearing under his baton as Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor in Salzburg and in Vienna’s Musikverein, Giunia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla at the Theater an der Wien, Angelica in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Styriarte Festival in Graz and Worldliness in Mozart’s Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots in Vienna, Lucerne and Salzburg.
Patricia Petibon has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2008. Her debut album, ”Amoureuses” – arias by Mozart, Haydn and Gluck with Concerto Köln and Daniel Harding – was released in autumn 2008 and won 2009’s BBC Music Magazine Award for “Best Opera Album”. She is also to be seen and heard on the DVD ”A Mozart Gala from Salzburg”, which features such renowned Deutsche Grammophon stars as Anna Netrebko and Magdalena Kožená. In 2010 Deutsche Grammophon released her Italian Baroque album ”Rosso” with Marcon and Carmina Burana from Munich under Harding. Her releases in 2011 included “Melancolia”, an album of Spanish arias and songs with Josep Pons conducting the Spanish National Orchestra, which they took on an autumn tour of France and Spain in 2011, and (on DVD) her acclaimed interpretation of Berg’s Lulu in Olivier Py’s production, filmed live at the Liceu in Barcelona. In 2012 the release of ”Nouveau Monde”, ”Baroque arias and songs from England, France, Spain and Latin America”, with Marcon directing La Cetra.
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