Isabelle Druet (W)
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
« [...]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 – Février 2014 – Franck Mallet)
Isabelle Druet, who received a ‘Victoire’ in the French Classical Music Awards 2010 as the year’s most promising young opera singer, appears in many operatic performances as well as in concerts and recitals. This season 2014/2015 her career on stage continues in the title rôle of La Grande Duchesse with les Brigands (at the Théâtre de l'Athénée and on tour) as well as in Le Marchand de Venise by Renaldo Hahn at the Opéra-Théâtre de St Étienne. During the whole season she will be on tour with the Palazzetto Bru Zane and the quatuor Giardini, with a program called Au Pays où se fait la Guerre. She will sing with the Orchestra Avignon Provence (La Société Amicale des Messieurs Prudents), l'Orchestre Les Siècles, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Ravel concert). She is invited by the Grand Théâtre de Limoges to sing La Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, as well as by the Berliner Philharmoniker to perform in Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) and Mozart's Requiem at Invalides.
The course Isabelle Druet has followed is an unusual one : she began to explore the art of singing through various traditional and modern types of music. She also trained as an actor and is co-founder of the company ‘La Carotte’in Besançon, with which she has given many shows combining theatre, mime and music. She graduated from the Paris Conservatoire summa cum laude in 2007. That same year she also received the Adami award as ‘Young classical singer of the year’, and in 2008 she won the Second Prize in the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Music Competition.
She made her debut at the Opéra de Paris in Strauss's Salomé in 2011. Among her numerous operatic success, is to mention the title rôle of Bizet's Carmen (Opéra National de Lorraine, the Operas of Düsseldorf and Duisburg),La Grande Duchesse from Offenbach with les Brigands (in Paris and on a tour in France), Orlovsky in Fledermaus(Opéra du Rhin) ; the title-role in Rossini's Italiana in Algeri (Opéra de Metz) ; Wisdom, Sidonie and Mélisse in Lully's Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under William Christie's baton ; Dido in Dido and Æneas on a national tour ; Arcabonne in Lully's Amadis, the 3rd Dame in The Magic Flute (Festival d’Aix en Provence, Paris salle Pleyel, Berlin Philharmony and on an european tour conducted by. René Jacobs). She sang the title role in Offenbach's La Périchole, Conception in Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole in Lyon and Paris, Orphée in Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice in Limoges and Besançon. During the Berlioz festival in la Côte Saint André, she was Béatrice in Béatrice et Bénédict.
She is frequently invited by many ensembles as well(Les Arts Florissants, le Poème Harmonique, but also Le Concert Spirutuel, Pygmalion, Les Folies Françoises, Les Siècles...), orchestras (the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Orchestre Lyrique d'Avignon Provence for Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle, the Orchestre de l'Opéra Royal de Wallonie, the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Flandre, the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg or the Orchestre National de Belgique) and festivals (like the Chorégies d'Orange for Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle).
Last season she sang in Cavalli's Egisto's revival with le Poème Harmonique in Luxembourg, in Tancrède at the Opéra d'Avignon and in Platée (Strasbourg and Mulhouse). She has also been invited by the Orchestre d'Auvergne for Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, by the Poème Harmonique in New York and Versailles, and by the ensemble Aedes for Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. She will perform concerts as well in Baden-Baden, Paris Cité de la Musique and in Lyon for Mozart and Mahler concerts and a recording of Ravel's melodies.
Although she is particularly fond of giving recitals (in Paris, Venise, Lille, Bruxelles among others), Isabelle Druet also likes to move off the beaten track, performing traditional music, giving equestrian recitals, participating in the staged recital La Valse perdue d'Offenbach, and taking part in street operas and other original activities. One of her priorities is to her to share her vocal art with as many people as possible. Thus she has taken part with Jean-François Zygel in his Leçons de musique at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and in his Cabaret classique on France Musique. In 2012-13, she performed a serie of recitals all through Europe with the pianist Anne Le Bozec, within the Rising Stars program.
Her discography includes among others her first recital recording, Jardin Nocturne accompanied by Johanne Ralambondrainy and awarded by the critics ; with Le Poème Harmonique, she recorded for Alpha Plaisir d'amourand Firenze 1616 (2007), Combatimenti (2011) and recently El Fenix de Paris (2012). In 2008 the DVD Cadmus et Hermione (also with Le Poème Harmonique, for Alpha) received a Diapason d'Or, ffff Télérama, 4 stars from Le Monde de la Musique, R10 Classica, and was a ‘BBC Music Choice’. She also recorded a disc devoted to Sébastien de Brossard with the ensemble La Rêveuse, and Bizet's Docteur Miracle with the Orchestre d'Avignon was recently released (and awarded a Classica's Choc).
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