Isabelle Druet (W)

Mezzo-soprano

Prizesand Awards

  • Révélation Lyrique des Victoires de la Musique 2010
  • 2ème prix du Concours Musical International Reine Elisabeth de Belgique 2008
  • Révélation classique de l'Adami 2007
  • Diplômée du CNSMDP

Pressreview

« Une Duchesse bidonnante [...] cette “Grande Duduche” a l'humour inoxydable. Il faut dire que la mezzo Isabelle Druet dans le rôle-titre, du côté du chant comme de la comédie, sait jongler avec les mots et enchaîner les pirouettes sur une scène si réduite. » Classica

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« Elle a cette  capacité à transcender les langues. Même si vous ne comprenez pas les mots, elle fait apparaître tellement de couleurs et de parfums. [...] Dès la première fois que j'ai travaillé avec Isabelle, j'ai trouvé que c'était une personne extraordinaire, une chanteuse extraordinaire, et une musicienne extraordinaire. » Leonard Slatkin - Chef d'orchestre

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"The star of the evening is Isabelle Druet, as is often the case: even when she doesn't sing, she catches the attention (...) and as soon as she opens her mouth, it's the very evidence of this whole repertoire. An unfailing disease sufferer, evolving with virtuosity on the border between the spoken and the sung, knowing how to give in the grotesque as well as to move by the sincerity of her sadness in love (...) the queen of metamorphoses." Opera Forum - Guillaume Saintagne

Isabelle Druet is one of the most appreciated mezzo-sopranos of her generation. She passes with equal happiness from opera to recital and crosses the centuries from Monteverdi to Britten with disconcerting ease.

A musician with an atypical background, she first trained in theatre, then made her first steps as a singer in contemporary and traditional music, while at the same time studying singing at the CNSMD in Paris. Many awards quickly followed (ADAMI's 2007 "classical revelation", winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition 2008, Revelation of the "Victories in Classical Music 2010", Rising Star 2013) and engagements in the world's leading opera houses and with the most renowned ensembles.

This 2018/2019 season marks her reunion with the title role of Carmen (Bizet), at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, a role she had already performed at the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Opéra de Düsseldorf / Duisburg; she is once again invited by the Opéra de Paris (as Tisbé in La Cenerentola) and is once again transformed into Baba la Turque (The Rake's Progress) at the Opéra de Nice.

She also continues her collaboration with conductor François-Xavier Roth in several concerts: alto solo part of the St John Passion (Bach) with the Gürzenich Orchester, alto solo part of Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler) with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Concepción (L'Heure Espagnole) on tour (Aix-en Provence, Grenoble and Evian) with the Siècles, then with the London Symphony Orchestra (Barbican Center in London).

It was in the role of Le Page (Strauss' Salomé) that she made her debut at the Paris Opera in 2011. Among her many other roles on stage, in addition to Carmen, we can mention the title role of L'Italiana in Algeri at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz, Didon (Dido & Aeneas) on national tour and in Brussels, Tisbé (La Cenerentola), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) and Annina (La Traviata) at the Opéra national de Paris, Baba la Turque (The Rake's Progress) at the Theatres of Caen, Reims, Rouen, Limoges and the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Melanto and Fortuna (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Opéra de Dijon, Concepción (L'Heure Espagnole) at the Auditorium of Lyon and at the Salle Pleyel, Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice) at the Opéra de Limoges and at the Théâtre Musical de Besançon, La Sagesse, Sidonie et Mélisse (Armide by Lully) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under the direction of William Christie, Arcabonne in Lully's Amadis  (Avignon and Massy), the 3rd Lady in Die Zauberflöte (Festival d'Aix en Provence, salle Pleyel, Philharmonie de Berlin and on European tour - dir. René Jacobs), the title role of La Perichole and Nerissa (Le Marchand de Venise) at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, or Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict) at the Festival Berlioz de la Côte Saint-André.

She has been invited by many orchestras and ensembles and has performed under the baton   of conductors such as François-Xavier Roth, Leonard Slatkin, René Jacobs, Raphaël Pichon, Laurence Equilbey... alongside the Gürzenich Orchester, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orchestre national de Lyon, the Orchestre de Liège, the Orchestre National de Liège, the Orchestre National de Belgique, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Pygmalion Ensemble, the Arts Florissants, the Berliner Barocksolisten, the Insula orchestra, to name but a few.

In recital, she performs with pianists Anne Le Bozec, Johanne Ralambondrainy, Wanessa Wagner, Georges Pludermacher, Camille and Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Stéphane Jamin, organist Thierry Escaich, cellist Christian-Pierre La Marca and the Giardini Quartet on stages as varied and prestigious as those of the Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie du Luxembourg, the Symphony Hall of Birmingham, the Palais des Arts de Budapest, the Opéra-Comique and the Philharmonie in Paris, the Palazetto Bru Zane in Venice, the Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo or the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels...

Isabelle Druet's discography includes many opuses, including her multiple recordings with Vincent Dumestre's Poème Harmonique, her recitals with pianists Johanne Ralambondrainy (Jardin Nocturne) and Anne Le Bozec (Shakespeare songs), Ravel's  Schéhérazade and L'Heure espagnole with the Orchestre national de Lyon conducted by Leonard Slatkin, a program "Alma Mahler / Zemlinsky" with the Victor Hugo Franche Comté Orchestra conducted by Jean-François Verdier or the DVD Il Ritorno di  Ulisse in patria with Emmanuel Haïm's Concert d'Astrée.

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(W): Monde (EUR): Europe (F): France (*): Not exclusive (F+): France+Benelux+Switzerland (W-DBA): World except Germany, Austria and Benelux (W-Am): World except America (W-Na): World except North America

Photos 

Isabelle Druet - Tancrède 1
Isabelle Druet - Stage
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Isabelle Druet- Portraits
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Videos

Maeterlinck Lieder-Zemlinsky-with Anne Le Bozec
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