Isabelle Druet (W)

Mezzo-soprano

Prizes and 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

Les artistes en parlent

« 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

© Némo Perier Stefanovitch

Isabelle Druet is one of the most prominent mezzo-soprano of her generation. She switch happily from the Opera repertoire to recital and cross centuries from Monteverdi to Britten with fascinating ease.

Musician with an unusual path, trained in theater and various forms of music (traditional and present) in parallel to her vocal studies at the Conservatoire de Paris, Isabelle Druet has won a second prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium 2008 , was awarded "Revelation" of the Victoires de la Musique 2010 and « Rising Star» of the program led by the Cité de la Musique de Paris in 2013, quickly followed by engagements in the most important Opera houses and orchestras.

The 2016/2017 season of Isabelle Druet is rich and varied. At the opera she sings the role of Baba the Turk for the co-production of The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) at the Théâtre de Caen, then in Reims, Rouen, Limoges and the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg; she is Melanto and Fortuna in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Monteverdi) at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Opéra de Dijon, then returns to the Opéra de Paris for Tisbe in La Cenerentola (Rossini).

She also appears in concert in Cologne for Bach's Johannes Passion with the Gürzenich Orchestra under the baton of François-Xavier Roth, in Monaco with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo for Saint-Saëns 's Oratorio de Noël, in Besançon with the Orchestre Victor Hugo – Franche Comté on the occasion of the release of her Alma Mahler/Zemlinsky's CD, in Bonn, Heidelberg and Annecy with the Quartet Giardini ; at the London's Wigmore Hall for the program "Briceno" with Le Poème Harmonique ; or accompanied by the pianist Anne Bozec for the recital "Shakespeare songs" at the Théâtre de Poitiers.

Recent engagements include concerts in the USA with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leonard Slatkin, with the Orchestre national de Lorraine for the cycle Schéhérazade by Ravel, a tour with the the Choeur Accentus for Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Pergolese's Stabat Mater at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with the Berliner Barocksolisten, and a recital "Offenbach" at the Opéra de Limoges.

It is in the role of Salomé's Page that she made her debuts for the Opera de Paris in 2011. Among her many more roles embodied on stage, let us quote Carmen (Opéra National de Lorraine, Opera of Düsseldorf / Duisburg), Orlovsky in Fledermaus in the Opera du Rhin; the title role of the Italiana in Algeri in Opéra-Théâtre de Metz; The Wisdom, Sidonie and Balm in Armide de Lully to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées conducted by William Christie; Dido in Dido and Aeneas, on french tour and in Brussels; Arcabonne in Amadis of Lully (Avignon and Massy), the 3rd Lady in Zauberflöte (Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, salle Pleyel, Philharmonic society of Berlin and on a European tour - dir. René Jacobs) or still the title role of the Périchole d' Offenbach, Conception( L'Heure espagnole) at the Auditorium de Lyon and in the salle Pleyel, Orpheus in Orphée et Eurydice de Gluck in the Opera de Limoges and in the Théâtre de Besançon and Nerissa in Le Marchand de Venise, of Hahn. Within the festival Berlioz, she interpreted Béatrice and Bénédict.

She lent her voice to Charity and Balm in Cadmus et Hermione and to Climène in Egisto with the Poème Harmonique (Opéra comique de Paris, Opera de Rouen, Grand théâtre du Luxembourg); to Ruggiero in Alcina de Haendel; to Angelina, the title role of an adaptation of the Cenerentola of Rossini , in Paris. She sang in Xerse de Cavalli to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; in Sancho Panza with Simphonie odu Marais; in Acis and Galatée and Alcione with Les Folies Françoise and more recently in the Opéra National du Rhin in Platée, in Tancrède in the Opera d'Avignon.

In recital, accompanied by pianists Anne Le Bozec, Johanne Ralambondrainy, Wanessa Wagner, Stéphane Jamin, Camille et Abdel Rahman El Bacha, composer and oganist Thierry Escaich or the quartet Giardini, she gave numerous concerts on prestigious stages like Het Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Philharmonie du Luxembourg, the Symphony hall of Birmingham, the Palace of the Arts of Budapest, the Opéra comique de Paris and the Philharmonie de Paris, Palazetto Bru Zane in Venice or still the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.... We were able to notice her in the Music lessons in the Théâtre du Châtelet and to the classic Cabaret on France Musique with Jean-François Zygel.

Requested by numerous orchestras and ensembles she sang Das Lied von der Erde, of Mahler in France and in Japan conducted by F.X. Roth, then with the Orchestre d'Avignon; Maeterlinck Lieder of Zemlinsky with the Orchestra of Liège. With BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Isabelle Druet interpreted the Nelson Mass de Haydn. She was also invited by the Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal de Wallonie, the Orchestra of the Opéra des Flandres and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg as well as for Mendelssohn's Elias with the Orchestre National de Belgique at the Palais des beaux-arts in Brussels. She sings moreover regularly in programs of sacred music: Charpentier and Lully's Motets with Les Arts Florissants at the Carnegie Hall of New York, Pergolese's Stabat Mater in Girona with René Jacobs, the Mozart's Requiem in Troyes, Pau and Normandy. We could hear her in Versailles (Miserere and Leçons de ténèbres), in Compiègne, Besançon and in the Chorégies d'Orange (Petite messe solennelle), as well as in concert in Baden-Baden, in the Cité de la Musique de Paris and in the Auditorium de Lyon.

Besides, with the Concert Spirituel, she performed in Campra's Carnaval de Venise (Utrecht's Festival, Théâtre des Champs Elysées); with Pygmalion, she sang the Hohe Mass, in the Opera de Bordeaux, in Beaune and in la Chaise-Dieu; with the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, we were able to hear her in A Midsummer Night's Dream of Mendelssohn in the Théâtre des Champs Elysées; with the Orchestre d'Avignon Provence in Docteur Miracle, of Bizet and La Société Anonyme des Messieurs Prudents , of Guitry and Beydts, on stage and in recording ; and the La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein's title-role on french tour, with the company Les Brigands.

Isabelle Druet recorded in 2011 to Aparté her first disk in recital with the pianist Johanne Ralambondrainy, dedicated to the French melody, Jardin nocturne, critically acclaimed (FFFF Télérama). Several of the productions in which she participated with the Poème Harmonique gave rise to recordings: El Fenix de Paris around the composer Luis de Briceno, Combatimenti respectively in 2011 and 2010 to Alpha, Firenze on 1616 in 2007, Plaisir d'amour in 2004; in 2008, the DVD Cadmus and Hermione receives a Diapason d'Or, the FFFF Télérama, 4 stars ofLe Monde de la Musique the R10 of Classica and is one music choice " BBC ". She also recorded at Mirare a CD dedicated to Sébastien de Brossard with the ensemble La Rêveuse and Dr Miracle de Bizet with the Orchestrae d'Avignon at Timpani (Choc Classica) ; for the label Alpha: Campra's Tancrède, with the Centre de Musique baroque de Versailles and for the label Naxos : Ravel's L'heure espagnole, with the Orchestre national de Lyon, released in 2016 ; most recently, for the label Klarthe, released a programm « Alma Mahler / Zemlinsky », with the Orchestre Victo Hugo Franche Comté under the baton of Jean-François Verdier, and the pianist Anne Le Bozec.

Scope
(W): Monde (EUR): Europe (F): France (*): Not exclusive (F+): France+Benelux+Switzerland

Photos 

Isabelle Druet - Concert clôture 1
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Pasacalle - Que tenga yo a mi mujer - Le poeme Harmonique - Isabelle DRUET
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