Anaïk Morel was born in Lyon (France). She completed her musical studies at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon with Francoise Pollet and graduated top of the class. In 2004, she was awarded the Premier Prix at the Pierre Bernac Competition in St Jean de Luz, and in 2006, the Prix du Public and the Second Prix at the International Competition for Chamber Music in Lyon where she distinguished herself as a passionate interpreter of French songs and Lieder. In 2011 she was awarded the fourth Prize at the prestigious Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels.
In 2006 she joined the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich where she stayed for 2 years. From 2008 through 2010 she was a member of the Ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper where she performed Carmen (Mercedes), Nabucco (Fenena), Falstaff (Meg Page), Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel), Dialogues des Carmélites (Soeur Mathilde), Palestrina (Silla) and Die schweigsame Frau (Carlotta).
Meanwhile she has performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Die Tragödie des Teufels by Peter Eötvös, Federica in Luisa Miller), at the Staatsoper Berlin as well as at the Teatro alla Scala (Die Walküre), at the Opéra national de Lorraine (Lazuli in Chabrier’s L’Etoile and Boulotte in Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleue), at the Opéra de Lyon and at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari (Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites), at the Opéra de Paris (Siébel in Faust), at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken and at the Staatsoper Stuttgart (Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust) as well as at the Salzburg Festival (World Premiere of Charlotte Salomon by Marc-André Dalbavie).
In the last few years she has made her debut as Carmen at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, a role she has also successfully performed at the Zurich Opera, at the Montpellier Opera and for her debut at the Royal Opera House London. She has also performed Preziosilla (La forza del destino) at the Theater Basel, Fenena (Nabucco) at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Charlotte (Werther) at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, at the Opéra du Rhin and at the Zurich Opera, Dido (Dido and Aeneas) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and at the Staatsoper Hamburg, Jocaste (Oedipe by Enescu) at the Salzburg Festival as well as Mère Marie (Dialogues des Carmélites) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.
Anaïk Morel appears regularly in concert and recital. She has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, the Orchestra of Angers-Nantes Opéra, the Orchestre national de Lyon, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Siècles, Insula Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Musique des Lumières.
She has collaborated with conductors such as Nicolas André, Daniel Barenboim, Sylvain Cambreling, Paolo Carignani, Laurence Equilbey, Dan Ettinger, Alan Gilbert, Julia Jones, Kent Nagano, Hervé Niquet, Kazushi Ono, Kirill Petrenko, Vassili Petrenko, François-Xavier Roth, Sébastien Rouland, Marc Soustrot, Lorenzo Viotti and stage directors such as Luc Bondy, Guy Cassiers, Michel Fau, Claus Guth, Barrie Kosky, Vincent Huguet, Tatjana Gürbaca, Iannis Kokkos, Jean-François Sivadier, Dmitri Tcherniakov.
Anaïk Morel has recorded melodies by Charles Koechlin (CD available on Timpani records, 2015).
Further plans include Carmen at the Staatsoper Hamburg, La Damnation de Faust at the Elbphilharmonie, Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) in Hannover, Hänsel und Gretel at the Opéra du Rhin, Werther in Nice…
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