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Stéphanie d'Oustrac

Mezzo soprano


With her intense presence on stage and her generous personality, Stéphanie d’Oustrac has become one of the most outstanding mezzos of her generation.
Her early career was devoted to the Baroque repertoire, notably under the direction of William Christie (Lully’s Thésée and Psyché, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, followed by Armide and Atys, both by Lully), but also that of Hervé Niquet (M.A. Charpentier’s Médée and Destouches’ Callirhoé) and Jean-Claude Malgoire (the Monteverdi trilogy).
Her perfect diction soon drew public attention and she has now become one of the most sought-after singers in the French repertoire, which inevitably led her to the role of Carmen (Opéra de Lille, Glyndebourne Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival). She has also sung Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Opéra de Lausanne, Pelléas et Mélisande at the Angers-Nantes Opera, and Béatrice et Bénédictat La Monnaie in Brussels.
Mozart’s operas also have a very special place in Stéphanie d’Oustrac’s repertoire, as she has sung them on many major opera stages around the world: Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino) in Tokyo; La clemenza di Tito (Sesto) at the Paris National Opera, the Opéra du Rhin, and the d’Aix-en-Provence Festival; Così fan tutte (Dorabella) at the Paris Opera; and Idomeneo (Idamante) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.
Her artistic personality appeals to prestigious stage directors such as Calixto Bieito, Robert Carsen, Romeo Castellucci, David McVicar, Laurent Pelly, Dmitri Tcherniakov, and Jean-Marie Villegier, as well as to the most respected conductors including Alain Altinoglu, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Adam Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Jordan, John Nelson, Jérémie Rhorer, and Michael Schønwandt.
Stéphanie d’Oustrac has also been performing in recital, since 1994 mainly with her close friend, pianist Pascal Jourdan.
Most recently, Stéphanie d’Oustrac made her debut in Massenet’s Werther (Charlotte) at the Opéra national de Lorraine and in Berlioz’s Les Troyens (Cassandra) at the Paris Opera, two role debuts unanimously acclaimed by the press.

Updated August 2022

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