Julie Robard-Gendre started her musical studies at the Nantes’ Conservatory where she obtained her diplomas in saxophone, recorder, chamber music, music theory, and writing.
She entered the Paris’ Conservatory (CNSM) as a writing major, allowing her to pursue courses in Renaissance Polyphony, Harmony, XX century writing, analysis, and orchestration. Along with studying writing, she debuted as a singer and was admitted in 2003 to the CNSM of Paris in Mireille Alcantara’s class and perfected her skill under Yvonne Minton and Janine Reiss.
After receiving her price at the CNSM of Paris, she started singing on numerous French stages including: Le Prince charmant in Cendrillon at the Opera of Massy, Tisbe (La Cenerentola) at the Operas of Vichy, Reims and Avignon, Marcelline (L’Attaque du Moulin) at the Metz Opera and in Bern, Mercedes (Carmen) at the Operas of Avignon, and Massy, Siebel(Faust) at the Tours’ Grand-Théâtre, a page (Rigoletto) at the Chorégies d’Orange, Meg Page (Falstaff) at the Metz Opera and finally as Myrtale (Thaïs) at the Avignon Opera.
Her contemporary repertoire includes collaboration with numerous composers like Michaël Levinas, who entrusted her with the role of la Huppe (La Conférence des oiseaux) at the Biennale of Venice, and Les Aragon, which she sang with the Itinéraire Ensemble at the Luxembourg’s Philharmonie. With L’ARCAL, she participated in the creation of Ni l’un ni l’autrewith the composers of the multilateral ensemble and sang the role of Maria Smith in Les Quatres jumelles by Régis Campo with the TM+ ensemble.
These last couple years have been marked by important role debuts: La Périchole at the Metz Opera, Carmen at the Reims Opera, Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice) in Emmanuelle Bastet’s production at the Angers-Nantes Opera, Hélène (La Belle Hélène) at the Rennes Opera (production by Vincent Tavernier). She also made her debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in the role of Ramiro (La Finta giardiniera).
More recently, she sang the role of Kuchtik (Rusalka) at the Opera of Monte-Carlo, Ramiro (la Finta giardiniera) in Rouen and she sang Les Nuits d’été with Roger Muraro at the Rennes Opera. She sang Hermia in Les Caprices de Marianne (H. Sauguet) produced by the CFPL on tour for two years in numerous Opera houses (Massy, Marseille, Rennes, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Bordeaux, Nice…). She also sang the title role of La Belle Hélène in Avignon, Vichy and Lausanne.. She took part in a rediscovery of Fromenthal Halevy’s Guitarrero by the company Les Frivolités Parisiennes, in which she interpreted the role of Zarah (production by Vincent Tavernier). She sang the part of Prince Raphaël in La Princesse de Trébizonde by Offenbach at the Limoges Opera and performed in Die Zauberflöte in Nice and at the Opéra National de Paris and Eugene Onegin (Olga) in Nice, Metz and Reims, Amelia al ballo by Menotti in Metz, Carmen (title role) in Rennes, Der Zwerg in Caen, Lille and Rennes, Orphée et Eurydice (Orphée) in Avignon and in Liège, Nabucco (Fenena) at the Nice and Toulon Operas, Hamlet (Gertrude), Les Huguenots at the Paris National Opera, Cendrillon (Prince charmant) in Nantes and Angers, Hamlet (Gertrude)in Nantes, Angers and Rennes, Don Quichotte in Tours, Akhnaten (Nefertiti) in Nice, La Clemenza di Tito (Sesto) at the Angers-Nantes Opéra and Ariadne auf Naxos (Der Komponist) in Limoges.
Among her recent and future projects: Rigoletto with the Cercle de l’Harmonie at the Festival Berlioz in La Côte Saint-André and in Bremen, Falstaff (Meg Page) in Lille, Luxembourg and Caen, La Tragédie de Carmen on tour with the ensemble Miroirs étendus, Carmen (title role) at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Salomé (Hérodias) in Metz and, in concert, La Mort de Cléopatre at the Angers-Nantes Opera and Ariane (Perséphone) by Massenet in Munich with Palazzetto Bru Zane.
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