French mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez is one of the rising stars of the opera world. After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the young mezzo-soprano made her debut at the Opéra Bastille in Michael Haneke’s 2013 version of Don Giovanni (Zerlina) under the direction of Philippe Jordan. Ever since she has been invited to sing in many of the most renowned opera houses in the world. Nominated “Révélation Lyrique” at the “Victoires de la Musique 2011”, Gaëlle Arquez is now an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon with whom she released her highly anticipated debut recording “Ardente Flamme” in 2017.
Gaëlle Arquez kicks off the 2018⁄19 season as Medea in Händel’s Teseo at the Theater an der Wien. Following this she will be heard as Juditha in Vivaldi’s Juditha triumphans at the Dutch National Opera. Following this she goes to the Bayerische Staatsoper to perform one of her signature roles – Carmen, and to make her role debut as Iphigénie in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at Théatre des Champs-Elysées.
Highlights in the 2017⁄18 season include Carmen at Teatro Real in Madrid, her first appearance as Isolier in Le comte Ory at Opéra-Comique in Paris and as Adalgisa in Norma at the Frankfurt Opera. Besides that, in the role of Carmen she had her house debut at Royal Opera House in London.
In 2016⁄17 season Gaëlle Arquez made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper under the direction of Marc Minkowski singing the title role in a new production of Gluck’s Armide. She made a significant role debut in Barrie Kosky’s critically acclaimed production of Carmen in Frankfurt – a role that led her to the Bregenzer Festspiele 2017. The production was so successful, that she was invited to Bregenzer Festspiele next year as well, and the televised broadcast of the performance was viewed by over 1.5 million people. She also made her role debut in Pelléas et Mélisande and Xerses for the Frankfurt Opera.
In concert, Gaëlle Arquez sang the title role of La Cenerentola at the Beaune Festival and the Poème de l’Amour de la Mer de Chausson under the direction of Louis Langrée at Theatre des Champs-Élysées and the Concepción in L’Heure espagnole with the Bayerische Rundfunk.
Gaëlle Arquez’s other recent performances include Idomeneo under the direction of René Jacobs at the Theater an der Wien, a production which was also taken to the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York in 2016, Falstaff and L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Opéra de Paris, Teseo at the Frankfurt Opera, Così fan tutte at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Castor et Pollux at Komische Opera Berlin, Cenerentola at the Beaune Festival, Cendrillon at Opera de Lille.