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Stéphanie D'Oustrac

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From a very young age, Stéphanie d’Oustrac – Francis Poulenc’s great grand niece- started dedicating herself to music and the stage. With her intense presence on stage, her generous personality and her impeccable figure, Stéphanie d’Oustrac has become one of the most outstanding mezzos of her generation.

Her early career was notably devoted to the baroque repertoire. William Christie was the first to discover her talents as a singer and an actress and offered her her first tragic roles : Médée in Thésée by Lully and Psyché in les Métamorphoses de Psyché (Lully-Quinault / Molière – Corneille). She also sang Médée by Charpentier conducted by Hervé Niquet (DVD, Armide Classics), Monteverdi’s trilogy with Jean-Claude Malgoire conducting, Dido and Aeneas with William Christie, Sosarme at Saint Gallen, les Paladins at Théâtre du Châtelet (DVD Opus Arte), at the Barbican Center, in Shanghai and in Tokyo, Armide (title role) by Lully at Théâtre des Champs Elysées (DVD Fra Musica), Alcina (Ruggiero) at the Opéra National de Lyon, Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne Festival, in Marseille and Nancy, Orphée et Eurydice at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie ….

Her perfect diction soon drew public attention and she has now become one of the most sought-after singers in the French repertoire. Her much acclaimed performances in Médée and Armide inevitably led her to Carmen ; first at the Opéra de Lille where critics praised her for her debut and then in David Mc Vicar’s production at Glyndebourne Festival. She has also sung Les Contes d’Hoffmann (la Muse, Nicklausse) at the Opéra de Lausanne, L’Etoile (Lazuli) by Chabrier at the Opéra Comique and at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and L’Heure Espagnole at Glyndebourne Festival (DVD Fra Musica) and at the Teatro all’Opera in Rome, Dialogues des Carmélites (Mère Marie) at the Opéra d’Avignon, Pelléas et Mélisande at Nantes-Angers Opera and Béatrice et Bénédict at La Monnaie in Brussels.

Mozart’s operas also have a very special place in Stéphanie d’Oustrac’s repertoire, as she has sung them on many major opera stages in the world : Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino) in Tokyo, la Clemenza di Tito at the Opéra de Paris, at the Opéra du Rhin, at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, in Baden Baden and in Luxembourg, Cosi fan Tutte (Dorabella) at the Opéra de Paris, Idomeneo (Idamante) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.

Her artistic personality appeals to prestigious stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Romeo Castellucci, Mariame Clément, Willy Decker, Jérôme Deschamps, Andreas Homoki, Yannis Kokkos, David Mc Vicar, Laurent Pelly, Jean-François Sivadier, Jean-Marie Villegier… as well as to the most respected conductors such as  Alain Altinoglu, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Sir Colin Davis, Stéphane Denève, Charles Dutoit, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Jordan, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Marc Minkowski, Ludovic Morlot, John Nelson, Tomas Netopil, Kazushi Ono, Jérémie Rhorer, Michael Schönwandt…

Stéphanie d’Oustrac regularly appears in concert: Mozart’s Requiem with the Orchestre National de France and the Orchestre de Paris, Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor conducted by John Nelson, Giovanna d’Arco by Rossini with the Orchestre d’Avignon, Les Nuits d’été with the Orchestre de Lyon, La Mort de Cléopâtre with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, L’Enfance du Christ with the Orchestre National de France and at la Monnaie in Brussels, les Chants d’Auvergne by Canteloube with the Orchestre de Lille at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, la Voix Humaine with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Shéhérazade with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester of Stuttgart and the Orchestre National de France, El amor brujo at the BBC Proms with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra… She has also been performing in recital, mainly  since 1994 with her close friend, pianist Pascal Jourdan, with whom she recorded a CD (Ambronay) devoted to French melodies, « Invitation au Voyage ».

Among her recordings, let us mention among others Atys (DVD Fra Musica), Carmen (DVD Opera de Lille), Ariana a Naxos, Lieder & Canzonetta by F.J Haydn with Aline Zylberajch (Ambronay), L’Heure Espagnole and Shéhérazade by Ravel (SWR Music)…

Stéphanie d’Oustrac has won several awards: Prix Bernac (1999), Radios Francophones (2000), Victoires de La Musique (2002), Gramophone Editor’s Choice for the Haydn CD (2010).

Recently Stéphanie d’Oustrac has sung Theodora (Irene) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (DVD Erato), at the Brooklyn Academy of Music of New York and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, L’Aiglon (title role) at the Opéra de Marseille, L’Heure Espagnole (Concepcion) and l’Enfant et les Sortilèges (la Chatte, l’Ecureuil) at la Scala in Milan, Béatrice et Bénédict (Béatrice) at Glyndebourne Festival, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (la Muse, Nicklausse) at the Opéra de Paris, Médée by Charpentier (title role) at the Opernhaus in Zurich, La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto) at the Opera de Paris with MusicAeterna, directed by Teodor Currentzis in Bremen, Geneva, Dortmund, at the Theater des Champs-Elysées and in Worclaw, Carmen at Aix-en-Provence’s Festival in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov and at the Teatro Real, staged by Calixto Bieito…

Her future projects include Carmen at the Dallas Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the New National Theater of Tokyo, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Marseille, Werther at the Opera of Nancy and in Monte Carlo, L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia) in Zurich and Salzburg, Les Troyens (Cassandre) and Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) at the Opéra de Paris, Ariadne auf Naxos at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Hippolyte et Aricie (Phèdre) in Zurich and in concert version at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Les Contes d’Hoffmann at La Monnaie in Brussels and at the Liceu in Barcelona, Béatrice et Bénédict at the Liceu in Barcelona… In concert she will perform L’Enfance du Christ with the Orchestre National de France, La Mort de Cléopâtre with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris, in a Mozart and Haydn program with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Adam Fischer… She will also sing in recital in Paris, Moscow, Toulouse…

 

January 2018

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BERLIOZ - Béatrice et Bénédict (Béatrice)
Damnation de Faust (Marguerite)
Les Troyens (Cassandre, Didon)
BIZET - Carmen (Carmen)
BRITTEN - The Rape of Lucretia (Lucretia)
CHABRIER - L’Etoile (Lazuli)
CHARPENTIER - Médée (Médée)
DEBUSSY - Pelléas et Mélisande (Mélisande)
GLUCK - Alceste (Alceste)
Orphée et Eurydice (Orphée)
HAENDEL - Alcina (Ruggiero)
Giulio Cesare (Sesto)
Hercules (Dejanira)
Theodora (Irene)
HONEGGER / IBERT - L’Aiglon (L’Aiglon)
LULLY - Armide (Armide)
Atys (Cybèle)
MASSENET - Cendrillon (Cendrillon)
Le Cid (Chimène)
Werther (Charlotte)
MONTEVERDI - L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia)
MOZART - Così fan tutte (Dorabella)
Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira)
La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto)
Idomeneo (Idamante)
OFFENBACH - Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Giulietta, Nicklausse, la Muse)
POULENC - Dialogues des Carmélites (Mère Marie)
La Voix Humaine
PURCELL - Dido and Aeneas (Dido)
RAMEAU - Hippolyte et Aricie (Phèdre)
RAVEL - L’Heure Espagnole (Concepcion)
ROSSINI - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina)
Le Comte Ory (Isolier)
STRAUSS - Ariadne auf Naxos (Komponist)
Der Rosenkavalier (Octavian)
Discography

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L’Enfant et les Sortilèges & L’Heure Espagnole

S. D'Oustrac (Concepcion / Chatte / Écureuil), A. Shrader (Gonzalve), F. Piolino (Torquemada / Théière / Arithmétique / Grenouille), E. Madore (Ramiro / Horloge / Chat), P. Gay (Don Inigo / Fauteuil / Arbre), E. Méchain (Maman / Tasse / Libellule), J. Pasturaud (Bergère / Chauve-souris), K. Gadelia (Enfant), K. Kim (Feu / Princesse / Rossignol)
Direction : K. Ono / Mise-en-scène : L. Pelly
DVD Fra Musica 2013

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Ravel – L’Heure Espagnole & Shéhérazade

S. D'Oustrac (Concepcion), Y. Beuron (Gonzalve), A. Duhamel (Ramiro), P. Gay (Don Inigo), JP Fouchécourt (Torquemada)
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR / S. Denève
CD SWR Music / 2016

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Haendel – Theodora

S. d'Oustrac (Irène), K. Watson (Theodora), P. Jaroussky (Didymus), K. Spicer (Septimius)
Orchestre et choeur des Arts Florissants - William Christie
Mise en scène - Stephen Langridge
DVD TCE 2016

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Invitation au voyage

Mélodies françaises (Debussy, Hahn, Duparc)
Piano - Pascal Jourdan
CD Ambronay, 2014

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Lully – Atys

S. d’Oustrac (Cybèle), B.Richter (Atys), E. de Negri (Sangaride), N. Rivenq (Célénus), M. Mauillon (Idas), J. Azzaretti (Mélisse), P. Agnew (Dieu du Sommeil), C. Auvity (Morphée)
Direction musicale : William Christie
Mise en scène : Jean-Marie Villégier
Orchestre et choeur : Les Arts Florissants
DVD FraMusica, 2011

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Ferveur & Extase

Music by Cavalli, Rossi, A. Scarlatti, Faggioli, Falconieri, Strozzi, Marini, Monteverdi
Ensemble Amarillis - Violaine Cochard, Eloïse Gaillard
CD Ambronay, 2011

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Carmen

S. d’Oustrac (Carmen), G. Gietz (Don José), O. Pasichnyk (Micaëla), JL Ballestra (Escamillo), E. Melo (Frasquita), S. Jouffroy (Mercédès), R. Delaigue (Zuniga), R. Mengus (Moralès), L. Félix (Dancaïre), R. Brémard (Remendado)
Direction musicale - Jean-Claude Casadesus
Mise en scène - Jean-François Sivadier
Opéra de Lille, 2010

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Lully – Armide

S. d'Oustrac (Armide), C. Debono (La Gloire, Phénice, Lucinde), I. Druet (La Sagesse, Sidonie, Mélisse), N. Berg (Hidraot), P. Agnew (Renaud), M. Mauillon (Ubalde, Aronte), L. Naouri (La Haine)
Les Arts Florissants - William Christie
Robert Carsen, mise en scène
DVD Fra Musica, 2011

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Médée furieuse

Musiques de Lully, Clérambault, de Marseille, DuphlyGianettini, Gabrielli, Bernier
Ensemble Amarillis, dir. Héloïse Gaillard
CD Ambroisie, 2007

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Destouches – Callirhoé

S. d’Oustrac (Callirhoé), C. Auvity (Agénor), J. Fernandes (Corésus), I. Perruche (Reine), R. Delaigue (Ministre)
Le Concert Spirituel - Hervé Niquet
CD Glossa, 2007

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Hasse – Serpentes ignei in deserto

S. d'Oustrac (Eliab et Nathanael), V. Gabail (Angelus), I. Poulenard (Josue), A. Markert (Moyses), R. Expert (Eleazar)
Les Paladins, Jérôme Correas
Ambronay 2006

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Charpentier – Médée

S. d'Oustrac (Médée), FN Geslot (Jason), G. Mechaly (Créuse), B. Chuberre (Oronte), R. Delaigue (Créonte)
Le Concert Spirituel - Hervé Niquet

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Pergolesi & Porpora

GB PERGOLESI : Stabat Mater - Salve Regina
N.PORPORA : Salve Regina
Stéphanie d'Oustrac & Maria Grazia Schiavo
La Capella de’Turchini - Antonio Florio
CD Eloquentia, 2005

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Rameau – Les Paladins

S. d’Oustrac (Argie), T. Lehtipuu (Atis), L. Naouri (Orcan), S. Piau (Nérine), R. Schirrer (Anselme), F. Piolino (Manto)
Choeur et Orchestre des Arts Florissants - William Christie
Mise en scène - José Montalvo
DVD Opus Arte 2004

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Les Troyens

S. Graham (Didon), AC Antonacci (Cassandre), G. Kunde (Enée), L. Tézier (Chorèbe), S. d’Oustrac (Ascagne), R. Pokupic (Anna), N. Testé (Panthée), L. Naouri (Narbal), M. Padmore (Iopas), T. Lehtipuu (Hylas), R. Schirrer, (Priam)
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique - John Eliot Gardiner
Mise en Scène : Yannis Kokkos
DVD Opus Arte, 2003