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Patricia Petibon – Biografie

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"How that might ideally have sounded is demonstrated at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris by Patricia Petibon, who executes even the most difficult staccati with absolute aplomb and knows how to coax all the coloristic nuances from her voice in the melodic lines that are needed, depending on the content of the text, to make triumph, fear, the longing of love and all the excitement demanded by the opera resonate. There is versatility at play here which only the very best sopranos command during our aeon."
(Wilhelm Sinkovicz, Die Presse – February 12, 2016; review of W.A. Mozart, Mitridate, re di Ponte, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris)


Receiving her musical education at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique with Rachel Yakar and discovered by William Christie, soprano Patricia Petibon has earned a stellar reputation as one of the most versatile interpreters of her fach with a repertoire extending from French Baroque to contemporary music. Ever since her first steps on stage in 1996 in Rameau’s HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE she has been on a constant expedition through musical history, covering the literature from Mozart to Offenbach, Donizetti and Verdi, all the way to Poulenc and Berg, always performing on the foremost stages around the world.

That the soprano remains loyal to Baroque Music is strongly underlined by her appearances as Phani and Zima in Rameau’s LES INDES GALANTES with William Christie at the Paris Opera, or as Dalinda in ARIODANTE under the baton of Marc Minkowski and her participation in the reopening of Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet with Gluck’s ORFÉE ET EURIDICE under John Eliot Gardiner. Other notable productions with Patricia Petibon were Handel’s ARIODANTE (Ginevra) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Morgana in Handel’s ALCINA at the Teatro alla Scala. One of the most outstanding successes she garnered as Giunia in Mozart’s LUCIO SILLA at the Theater an der Wien, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with whom she enjoyed a very close collaboration.


Highlights of her career include COSÌ FAN TUTTE/Despina at the Salzburg Festival and her role debut of Lulu in Geneva, at the Salzburg Festival and in Barcelona (also released on DVD with the label DGG). She further performed MITRIDATE in Vienna and Munich. Her debut as Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI at the Opéra Bastille in Paris was a stunning success as well as her Susanna/LE NOZZE DI FIGARO at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and her role debut as Gilda/RIGOLETTO in Munich. In 2013 she performed in Mozart’s LUCIO SILLA and was highly acclaimed by press and the audience for her interpretation of Blanche in LES DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris as well as in Vienna. She also had a huge success with the world creation of Philippe Boesman’s AU MONDE at the Théâtre de la Monnaie and in the revival at the Opéra Comique in Paris. 


Patricia Petibon went on to conquer the audience and critics in Aix-en-Provence when she triumphed as Ginevra in Handel’s ARIODANTE. The season of 2014/2015 opened with a successful comeback at the Vienna State Opera with Massenet’s MANON. Further highlights in the past season were her title role in Handel’s ALCINA again in Aix-en-Provence, her Asteria in Mozart’s MITRIDATE at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris or a new production of Debussy’s PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Hightlights of the 2017/2018 season included Giunia in Mozart’s LUCIO SILLA at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Blanche in Poulenc’s DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES at the Théâtre de la Monnaie and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, as well as Euridice in ORFEO ET EURIDICE again at the Théâtre des Champs Elysees in Paris.


Patricia Petibon entertains close musical ties to Alain Altinoglu, Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico, Bertrand de Billy, Ivor Bolton, Frédéric Chaslin, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d‘Astrée, Daniel Harding, Kristjan Järvi, Andrea Marcon and La Cetra and Venice Baroque, Josep Pons, François-Xavier Roth and Les Siècles, Christophe Rousset, Jérémie Rohrer, Paavo Järvi and many more.


Being equally at home on the great recital stages, she performs frequently in Paris, at Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, at the Salzburg Festival, in Graz, Geneva, Dortmund, Aix-en-Provence, Luxemburg, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Angers, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Bilbao, Edinburgh and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Her latest album “La Belle Excentrique” which appeared in the fall of 2014 was accompanied by a series of recitals promoting this new program.


The upcoming season includes her debut as Violetta in Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA at the Malmö Opera as well as the title role in Jules Massenet’s MANON at the Opéra Comique in Paris. On the concert stage she can be heard amongst others with a jazzy recital together with jazz-violonist Fiona Monbet, her pianist Susan Manoff and jazz-pianist Dimitri Naïdich, Poulenc’s GLORIA with the Danish Symphony Orchestra and Lorenzo Viotti in Copenhagen, on tour with La Cetra with their programme “Nouveau Monde”, a concert with French Opera Arias at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées as well as at a Gala concert at the Whitsun Festival in Salzburg. 


Patricia Petibon’s recordings include titles like “Les Fantaisies de Patricia Petibon” with a widespread excerpt of her vast repertoire, “French Touch”, an album featuring French Arias, a solo album with French Baroque Arias, ORLANDO PALLADINO with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and LA PASSIONE DI GESÙ with Fabio Biondi. Other notable recordings include duets from Handel’s operas with Emmanuelle Haïm, WETHER and DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL. She has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist from 2008 - 2016. Her debut album, “Amoureuses” – arias by Mozart, Haydn and Gluck with Concerto Köln and Daniel Harding – was released in autumn 2008 and won 2009’s BBC Music Magazine Award for “Best Opera Album”. She is also to be seen and heard on the DVD “A Mozart Gala” from the Salzburg Festival. In 2010 Deutsche Grammophon released her Italian Baroque album “Rosso” with Andrea Marcon and CARMINA BURANA from Munich under Daniel Harding. Her releases in 2011 included “Melancolía”, an album of Spanish arias and songs with Josep Pons conducting the Spanish National Orchestra, and (on DVD) her acclaimed interpretation of Berg’s LULU in Olivier Py’s production, filmed live at the Liceu in Barcelona. 2012 saw the release of “Nouveau Monde”, Baroque arias and songs from England, France, Spain and Latin America, with Marcon directing La Cetra. 2013 brought Poulenc choral works with Paavo Järvi conducting the Orchestre de Paris. 




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