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Anne-Catherine Gillet

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Anne-Catherine Gillet was born in Belgium. At a very young age, she was being spotted by the direction of Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège who offered her a position amongst their resident singers, enabling her to take her earliest operatic roles.

From 2003, she began an ongoing relationship with the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, where she is continually invited for leading roles.

In 2006, Sir J. E. Gardiner chose her to sing Laoula in Chabrier’s L’Étoile at the Zurich Opera and the Opéra-Comique in Paris.

In 2009, she made her debuts at the Opéra National de Paris.

Her early roles included Sophie (Werther) which she has sung in Liège, Toulon, Lyon and at the Opéra Bastille; Musetta in Liège, Brussels, Geneva and Bordeaux, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) in Toulouse, Constance (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Zdenka (Arabella) in Toulouse and Liège.

She went on to expand her repertoire with notable appearances as Despina in the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Tourcoing, Toulouse and Palais Garnier in Paris, Susanna in Nice, Toulouse, and Liège. She enjoyed outstanding success as Micaëla at the Opéra-Comique, Marseille and in Beijing.

She has made her own the great Baroque roles of Poppea and Aricie the former under the direction of Christophe Rousset in Toulouse and Ottavio Dantone in Como and Brescia; the latter in Toulouse and at the Paris Opéra with Emmanuelle Haïm.

Anne-Catherine Gillet is currently developing a special affection for French 19th century repertoire, debuting the roles of Cendrillon (Massenet) at La Monnaie, Juliette in Tours, Manon in Lausanne, and Leïla (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) in Nantes-Angers and Liège.

From the more contemporary repertoire, Anne-Catherine has already been engaged for major roles such as Mélisande in Liège, the title roles in L’Héritière and Colombe by J.-M. Damase in Marseille, The Governess (The Turn of the Screw) in Frankfurt, and has she is hailed as one of her generation’s finest exponents of Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites).

Recent highlights include Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) at Garnier, Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera) at Les Chorégies d’Orange, Ilia (Idomeneo) in Frankurt, Gilda at La Monnaie and the Bolshoi, Manon in Lausanne and Monte-Carlo, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) in Monte Carlo, the title role of L’Aiglon (Honegger) with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Leila (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) in Liège, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) in Liège and Nice, Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites) at la Monnaie, Hero (Béatrice et Benedict) at La Monnaie and Glyndebourne, Minerva (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris) and in Dijon, Caroline (Die Fledermaus) in Marseille, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) in Lausanne, Gabrielle (La Vie Parisienne) in Bordeaux… In concert she sang in Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher in Liège, Monte Carlo, Toulouse and Paris, Monsieur Beaucaire by Messager at Radio France (Paris), La Dame de Monte Carlo in Monaco, Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Oviedo, Blanche (Dialogues des Carmélites) in Brussels…

In upcoming projects, let us mention: Norina (Don Pasquale) in Brussels, Mimi (La Bohème) and Marguerite (Faust) in Liège, Susanna (Nozze di Figaro) in Marseille, Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Strasbourg, Angèle (Le Domino noir) in Liège and at the Opéra Comique, Suzanne (Madame Favart by Offenbach) at the Opéra Comique, Poppea (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict at the Liceu in Barcelona, Sonia (Kassya) at the Festival Radio France and Montpellier… In concert, she will sing at the Avenches Opera festival but also in recital at the Opéra Comique and at the Instant Lyrique in Paris.

She has worked with such noted conductors as A. Pappano, A. Zedda, P. Davin, J.-C. Malgoire, L. Langrée, J. E. Gardiner, G. Neuhold, M. Armiliato, J.-Y. Ossonce, J. Kout, K. Ono, G. Prêtre, C. Rizzi, M. Plasson, M. Minkowski, E. Pido, Ph. Jordan, M. Soustrot, and A. Altinoglu…

Her discography includes L’Aiglon by Ibert and Honegger conducted by Kent Nagano and released by Decca in 2016, a CD released in october 2011 with works of Barber-Berlioz-Britten (AEON/ ref. AECD 1113), and she appears in DVDs of Carmen (J. E. Gardiner – FraMusica 2009) and Werther at the Bastille (M. Plasson – Decca 2010).


January 2018

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AUBER – Le Domino Noir (Angèle)
BERLIOZ – Béatrice et Bénédict (Héro)
BIZET – Carmen (Micaëla)
Les Pêcheurs de perles (Leïla)
BRITTEN – Peter Grimes (Ellen Orford)
The Turn of the screw (The Governess)
Chabrier – L’Etoile (Laoula)
DEBUSSY – Pelléas et Mélisande (Mélisande)
DONIZETTI – Don Pasquale (Norina)
L’Elisir d’amore (Adina)
GLUCK – Orphée et Eurydice (Eurydice)
GOUNOD – Roméo et Juliette (Juliette)
HONNEGER/IBERT – L’Aiglon (L’Aiglon)
HUMPERDINCK – Hänsel und Gretel (Gretel)
MASSENET – Cendrillon (Cendrillon)
Manon (Manon)
Werther (Sophie)
MESSAGER – Monsieur Beaucaire (Lady Mary)
MONTEVERDI – Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Minerva/Amore)
L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Poppea)
MOZART – Cosi Fan Tutte (Despina)
Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)
Don Giovanni (Donna Anna)
Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna)
OFFENBACH – Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Antonia)
POULENC – Dialogues des Carmélites (Blanche/Soeur Constance)
RAMEAU – Hippolyte et Aricie (Aricie)
STRAUSS (J.) – Die Fledermaus (Rosalinde)
STRAUSS (R.) – Arabella (Zdenka)
Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie)
STRAVINSKY – The Rake’s Progress (Ann Trulove)
VARNEY – Les Mousquetaires au couvent (Simone)
VERDI – Un Ballo in maschera (Oscar)

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Monteverdi – Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

R. Villazon, M. Kozena, K. Watson, K. Spicer, A-C. Gillet (Amore / Minerva), I. Druet, M. Engeltjes, C. Thorpe, L. Odinius, J. Teitgen,
M. Vidal, E. Gonzalez Toro, J. Schneider, E. Mechain
Le concert d'Astrée / Emmanuelle Haïm
DVD Erato / 2017

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Honneger/Ibert – L’Aiglon

A-C. Gillet (Le Duc de Reichstadt), H. Guilmette (Thérèse), M. Barrard (Flambeau), E. Dupuis (Metternich), P. Sly (Marmont)
M-N Lemieux (Marie-Louise)
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal / K. Nagano
CD Decca / 2016

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Rameau – Hippolyte et Aricie

T. Lehtipuu (Hippolyte), A-C. Gillet (Aricie), S. Degout (Thésée), S. Connolly (Phèdre), J. Azzaretti (L'Amour ), S. Haller (Oenone), M. Mauillon (Tisiphone / Grande Prêtresse de Diane), A. Legay (Grande Prêtresse de Diane / Une Chasseresse / Une Prêtresse)...
Le Concert d’Astrée / E. Haïm
DVD Erato / 2014

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Gretry – Guillaume Tell

M. Laho (Guillaume Tell), A-C. Gillet (Madame Tell), L. Lhote (Guesler), L. Devos (Marie), N. Kowalski (Young Tell), P.Delcour (Melktal père), S. Cifolelli (Melktal fils), R. Joakim (Le voyageur)
Orchestre et Choeur de l'Opéra Royal de Wallonie / C. Scimone
DVD Dynamic / 2014

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Knoxville: Summer of 1915 / Les Nuits d'été / Les illuminations
Anne-Catherine Gillet
Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège / P.Daniel
CD AEON / 2011

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Massenet – Werther

J. Kaufmann (Werther), S. Koch (Charlotte), L. Tézier (Albert), A-C. Gillet (Sophie)
Orchestre et Chœur de l'Opéra National de Paris / M. Plasson
DVD Decca / 2010

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Bizet – Carmen

A-C. Antonacci (Carmen), A. Richards (Don Jose), A-C. Gillet (Micaela), N. Cavallier (Escamillo), F. Dudziak (Le Dancaire), V. Ordonneau (Le Remendado), M. Brook (Zuniga), R. Novaro (Morales), A. Gill (Mercedes)
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique / Sir J. Gardiner
DVD Framusica / 2010

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Gounod – Mireille

I. Mula (Mireille), C. Castronovo (Vincent), F. Ferrari (Ourrias), A. Vernhes (Ramon), A-C. Gillet (Vincenette), S. Brunet (Taven), S. Droy (Andreloun), N. Cavallier (Ambroise), A. Brahim-Djelloul (Clemence), U. Rabec (Le Passeur)
Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris / M. Minkowski
DVD Framusica / 2010

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Händel – Rodrigo

M. Wesseling (Rodrigo), M. Bayo (Esilena), A-C. Gillet (Evanco), S. Rostorf-Zamir (Florinda), K. Van Rensburg (Giuliano)
Al Ayre Español / Eduardo López Banzo
CD Ambroisie / 2008

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Souris – Musiques

Tombeau de Socrate, Choral, Marche et Galop, Rengaines, L'autre voix
A-C. Gillet (soprano), C. Solhosse (mezzo-soprano), A. Acouisto (trompette) J-M. Charlier (clarinet), M. Danel (violon)
Quatuor Danel...
CD Cyprès / 2001

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Souris: Symphonic Works / Symphonies / Le Marchand d’Images / Danceries

A-C. Gillet (soprano), C. Solhosse (mezzo-soprano), C. Flagel, (tenor), P. Ringal-Daxhelet (bass)
Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège/Patrick Baton
CD Cyprès / 1999

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Wasserman/Darion/Leigh – L’Homme de la Mancha

J. Van Dam (Don Quichotte), A. Yerna (Dulcinée), G. Gautier (Sancho Panza), A-C Gillet (Antonia)
Orchestre De L'Opéra Royal De Wallonie / P. Baton
CD Forlane / 1998