Isabelle Druet (W)
"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", 2nd Prize 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.
Among her many roles on stage are Carmen at the Düsseldorf / Duisburg Opera House, the Opéra National de Lorraine and the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, the title role of L'Italiana in Algeri at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz, Dido (Dido and Aeneas) on national tour and in Brussels, Tisbé (La Cenerentola), La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) and Annina (La Traviata) at the Paris National Opera, Baba the Turk (The Rake's Progress) at the Nice Opera, the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, as well as in Caen, Reims, Rouen, Limoges, Melanto and Fortuna (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Opéra de Dijon, Concepción (L'Heure Espagnole) at the Auditorium de Lyon, at the Salle Pleyel, or Barbican Center in London, Orphée (Orphée and Eurydice) at the Opéra de Limoges and 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 Périchole and Nerissa (Le Marchand de Venise) at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, or Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict) at the Berlioz Festival on the Côte Saint-André...
She has been invited by many orchestras and ensembles and has performed under the direction of conductors such as François-Xavier Roth, Leonard Slatkin, René Jacobs, Raphaël Pichon, Laurence Equilbey... alongside the London Symphony orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchester, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, 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 et de la 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 Scheherazade and L'Heure espagnole with the Orchestre national de Lyon conducted by Leonard Slatkin, a programme Alma Mahler / Zemlinsky with the Victor Hugo Franche Comté Orchestra conducted by Jean-François Verdier or the DVD Il Ritorno by Ulisse in patria with Emmanuel Haïm's Concert d'Astrée.
Among her projects for the 2019/2020 season are the role of Beatrice (Berlioz's Beatrice and Bénédict) at the Cologne Opera, Ravel's Scheherazade with Les Siècles (conducted by François-Xavier Roth), Stéphane Mallarmé's Trois Poèmes with the Orchestre national de Lyon (conducted by Leonard Slatkin), Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été with the Douai Orchestra, the role of Triton (Coronis by Sebastián Durón) on tour in France with the Poème Harmonique, Duruflé's Requiem with the Choeur de Radio France, or Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.