Géraldine Chauvet   Mezzosoprano
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

One of Géraldine Chauvet's most successful roles is CARMEN. Recdently she enjoyed great successes in this very role at the Washington National Opera, in Edmonton and New Orleans. Her very pesonal interpretation of the role repeatedly brought her standing ovations and was hailed both by the audience and the press alike. The artist thrilled as CARMEN in the Arena di Verona in a Franco Zeffirelli production under the musical direction of Placido Domingo, at the Teatro di Ravenna, at the Teatro Gayarra di Pamplona, at the Teatro Luciano Pavarotti di Modena, at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli and in a gala performance in Tokyo together with Placido Domingo as Don José. A recording of this last performance was released on DVD.

Moreover, international engagements lately brought her as FENENA to the National Opera Washington, as DALILA together with José Cura to Seoul, to Massy as MERE MARIE in Poulenc's 'Les dialogues des Carmelites' and as ADRIANO in Wagner's 'Rienzi' under Eve Queler to the Carnegie Hall. This very role she also performed at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse uner Pinchas Steinberg, before she made her acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York in SESTO. She sang DONNA ELVIRA and CHARLOTTE in the Arena in Avenches. This was followed by the portrayal of MERE MARIE in Bordeaux, KOSTELNICKA in 'Jenufa' in Avignon and FENENA in a reengagement at the Arena di Verona. The mezzo soprano allso participated in the ,Gran Gala' of the Arena di Verona on the occasion of the opening of the 2010 festival season,. A recording of this performance was transmitted live on the Italian TV station RAI UNO. The discography of the french-born artist includes a CD recording of Otello and of Don Giovanni (both released at Naxos)

Geraldine Chauvet started her musical formation with studies in musical science at the University of Tours. In parallel, she took singing lessons with Sophie Hervé. Subsequently, she graduated with a degree in singing at the Music Conservatory of Metz. She completed her musical formation with singing lessons with Grace Bumbry.

In the season 22013/14 the singer was a.o. reeengaged as OCTAVIAN at the Metropolitan Opera, she sang ROSINA at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, at the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman) and in in Bejing. In the season 14-16 she was GERTRUDE in ,Hamlet' in Avignon, MARGUERITE in ,La Damnation de Faust' in Bordeaux, CARMEN at the Festival in Athens, sang gala concerts at the Berlin concert House and in the Spanish concet Hall in Prague. She also performed Mahler's Ressurection Symphony with Fabio Luisi in Genua and LAURA in 'La Gioconda' in Santiago de Chile.

Future engagements take the good-looking artist as LAURA in 'La Gioconda' to the Opera House Malmö, As MARGUERITE in ,La Damnation de Faust' to Santiago de Chile, as CARMEN at the Gothenurg Opera , as ISOLETTA In 'La Straniera' to the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, as GIULIETTA in 'Les Contes d'Hoffmann' to the Festival de Sanxay and as SANTUZZA to the Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg. Besides, she returns to the Metropolitan Opera New York..

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Metropolitan Opera New York - La Clemenza di Tito - SESTO
"The Metropolitan Opera's final performance this season of Mozart's last opera, "La Clemenza di Tito," was notable for the unexpected company debut of mezzo-soprano Geraldine Chauvet. The French singer took over Monday night as Sesto... With a winning smile and agile range, she made a strong impression in her first-act aria, "Parto, parto," In addition to shimmering singing, her strong-yet-vulnerable manner contributed to a well-rounded portrayal. The crowd responded with strong applause. "
Huffington Post
Avery Fisher Hall New York - Rienzi - ADRIANO
"The mezzo-soprano Géraldine Chauvet won an enormous ovation for her performance in the pants role of Adriano, who is in love with Irene. Mrs Chauvet's rich, dark mezzo-soprano voice was singing of throbbing expressivity and style! She sings the demanding Adriano's Aria "Gerechter Gott" in the original key and without cut!"
New York Times
New Orleans Opera - CARMEN
"In the hands of French mezzo-sopranoGeraldine Chauvet, the fiery cigarette factory girl of Bizet's opera is the one your mother warned you about. In the title role of the New Orleans Opera Association's season-opener, Chauvet is one of the most bewitching Carmens I've ever seen."
The Times-Picayune, Theodore P. Mahne
NOLA
"From her bold opening entrance to her fateful end, Chauvet embodied the role making her distinctly an anti-heroine. Chauvet's Carmen is far too fearless to be concerned with redemption. Even when her passion for Don Jose reaches its depths, we're always aware she's watching out for herself."
The Times-Picayune, Theodore P. Mahne
NOLA
"That boldness of character certainly was expressed vocally. With a richly warm mezzo, her set pieces, such as the "Habanera" and "Seguidilla," were high points of the night. Indeed, the caliber of singing throughout the performance was exceedingly strong."
The Times-Picayune, Theodore P. Mahne
NOLA
 
 
 
ON STAGE
Arena di Verona - CARMEN
 
Washington National Opera - CARMEN
 
New Orleans Opera - CARMEN
 
Opéra d'Avignon - Hamled - GERTRUDE
 
Santiago de Chile - La Gioconda - LAURA
 
Edmonton Opera - CARMEN