Guest artist

Isabelle Druet

Mezzo Soprano

Isabelle Druet is one of the most appreciated mezzo-sopranos of her generation. She moves with equal pleasure from opera to recital, and crosses the centuries from Monteverdi to Escaich with disconcerting ease.

Revelation at the Victoires de la musique 2010, Rising Star 2013, winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2008, Revelation Adami 2007, she began her career in the theater and in contemporary and traditional music before entering the CNSMDP, from which she graduated with a unanimous first prize in singing and the congratulations of the jury. This was quickly followed by engagements in the greatest opera houses and with the most renowned ensembles.

Her rich mezzo-coloratura voice and her gift for the stage naturally led her to the emblematic role of Carmen, which she has sung on numerous occasions at the Düsseldorf opera house, as well as at the operas of Nancy, Metz and more recently Saint-Etienne. Her many other stage roles include the title role in L'Italianna in Algeri in Metz, Purcell's Dido at the Opéra Royal de Versailles, the title role in Offenbach's La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein at the Athénée Louis Jouvet and on tour, Gluck's Orphée in Limoges, Conception ( Ravel's L'heure espagnole ) in Lyon, Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus by J.Strauss) at Opéra du Rhin, Melanto et Fortuna (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria) at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra de Dijon, Baba la Turque (The Rake's Progress) at Opéra de Nice, Caen, Reims, Rouen, Limoges and Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, and Tisbé (La Cenerentola) at Opéra de Paris.

Hector Berlioz has also occupied a special place in Isabelle Druet's career for over 10 years. She regularly performs Les Nuits d'été with orchestra, piano, quartet and chamber music ensembles. Berliozian heroines seem written for her voice, and she brings Béatrice, Cassandre and Didon to life under the expert baton of François-Xavier Roth at the Berlioz Festival and the Köln Opera.

Alongside opera, Isabelle Druet pursues an intense concert career, and is regularly invited by L. Slatkin, R. Jacobs, F-X Roth, J-F Verdier, and prestigious orchestras such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Barocksolisten, the Orchestre national de Lyon, the Gurzenich Orchester, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and her long-time accomplices, Les Siècles.

A lover of Baroque music, she performs with ensembles such as Le Poème Harmonique, Le Concert d'Astrée, Le Concert Spirituel, Akamus and Les Arts Florissants.

In recital, she has performed alongside Anne Le Bozec, Georges Pludermacher, Vanessa Wagner, Johanne Ralambondrainy, Stéphane Jamin and the Giardini Quartet, on the stages of Amsterdam's Het Concertgebouw, Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Budapest's Palais des Arts, the Paris, Berlin, Hamburg and Köln Philharmonic Orchestras, and Brussels' Palais des Beaux-Arts...