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Stéphanie d'Oustrac

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From a very young age, Stéphanie d’Oustrac – Francis Poulenc’s great grandniece – 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 as 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 has sung Médée by Charpentier conducted by Hervé Niquet (DVD, Armide Classics), Monteverdi’s trilogy with Jean-Claude Malgoire, Dido and Aeneas with William Christie, Sosarme at Saint Gallen, Les Paladins at the Théâtre du Châtelet (DVD Opus Arte), at the Barbican Center, in Shanghai and in Tokyo, Armide (title role) by Lully at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées (DVD Fra Musica), Alcina (Ruggiero) at the Opéra de Lyon, Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne Festival, in Marseille and Nancy, Orphée et Eurydice at the 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 Médéeand Armideinevitably led her to Carmen, first at the Opéra de Lille where critics praised her for her debut and then in David McVicar’s production at the Glyndebourne Festival. She has also sung Les Contes d’Hoffmann (la Muse, Nicklausse) at the Opéra de Lausanne, L’Étoile (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 the 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 the Angers-Nantes 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 around the world: Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino) in Tokyo, La Clemenza di Tito at the Opéra national de Paris, at the Opéra du Rhin, at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, in Baden Baden and in Luxembourg, Così fan tutte (Dorabella) at the Opéra national de Paris, Idomeneo (Idamante) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.

Her artistic personality appeals to prestigious stage directors such as Calixto Bieito, Robert Carsen, Romeo Castellucci, Mariame Clément, Willy Decker, Jérôme Deschamps, Andreas Homoki, Yannis Kokkos, Jan Lauwers, David McVicar, Laurent Pelly, Bruno Ravella, Jean-François Sivadier, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Jean-Marie Villegier… as well as to the most respected conductors such as Alain Altinoglu, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Ottavio Dantone, 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 Schønwandt…

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 national de Lyon, La Mort de Cléopâtre with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestre de Paris, 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 national de Lille at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, La Voix Humaine with the Orchestre National du Capitole of 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 pianist friend Pascal Jourdan, with whom she recorded a CD (Ambronay) dedicated to French melodies, « Invitation au Voyage ».

Amongst her recordings, let us mention among others Atys (DVD Fra Musica), Carmen (DVD Opera de Lille), Ariadne auf Naxos, Lieder & Canzonetta by 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).

More recently, Stéphanie d’Oustrac made her debut in Werther (Charlotte), acclaimed by the critics, at the Opéra national de Lorraine. She sang Theodora (Irene) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (DVD Erato), at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, L’Heure espagnole (Concepcion) and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (la Chatte, l’Ecureuil) at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Béatrice et Bénédict (Béatrice) at the Glyndebourne Festival and in concert version at the Opéra de Paris, La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto) with MusicAeterna directed by Teodor Currentzis in Bremen, Geneva, Dortmund, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Wroclaw and at the Opéra de Paris, L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia) in Zurich and at the Salzburg Festival, Médée by Charpentier (title role) at the Opernhaus Zürich, Carmen at the Aix-en-Provence’s Festival in a new production by Dmitri Tcherniakov and at the Teatro Real in Madrid staged by Calixto Bieito, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (la Muse, Nicklausse) at the Opéra de Paris, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rosina) and L’Aiglon (title role) at the Opéra de Marseille…

Her future projects include Carmen at the Dallas Opera, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the New National Theater of Tokyo, Werther (Charlotte) at the Opernhaus Zürich and in Monte-Carlo, Mignon (title role) at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Nicklausse /La Muse) at La Monnaie in Brussels and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, La clemenza di Tito also at the Liceu in Barcelona, Pelléas et Mélisande (Mélisande) in concert version at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Anna Bolena (Seymour) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Hippolyte et Aricie (Phèdre) in Zurich and in concert version at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Les Troyens (Cassandre) and Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) at the Opéra national de Paris, Ariadne auf Naxos (Der Komponist) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse… In concert, she will sing L’Enfance du Christ with the Orchestre National de France, the Four Lieder by Strauss with the Orchestre Pasdeloup, Les Nuits d’été with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra… She will give numerous recitals in Frankfurt, Zurich, London, Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse…

 

October 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