Isabelle Druet
mezzo-soprano | France, °1979
 
Isabelle Druet, who received a ‘Victoire’ in the French Classical Music Awards 2010 as the year’s most promising young opera singer, appears in many operatic performances in 2011-2012 such as the title-role of Carmen (Düsseldorf and Duisburg), Isabella in Italiana in Algeri (Opéra de Metz), Orlovsky in Fledermaus (Opéra du Rhin), Climene in Cavalli's Egisto (Paris Opéra Comique, Opéra de Rouen) or Astrée and Théone in Lully's Phaëton (Beaune and Lausanne). She also makes her debut on the stage of the Opéra National de Paris in Salome (role of the Page). She performs concerts and recitals with many prestigious ensembles and orchestras : Le Poème Harmonique, for a spanish recital (Briceno, recorded and recently released by Alpha), Les Folies Françoises (Acis et Galatée and Alcione), Les Siècles (Glück / Mozart concerts), the Orchestre Lyrique d'Avignon Provence for Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle. At the Chorégies d'Orange, she sings in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle.

The path Isabelle Druet has followed is an unusual one : she began to explore the art of singing through various traditional and modern types of music. She also trained as an actor and is co-founder in Besançon of the company ‘La Carotte’, with which she has given many shows combining theatre, circus arts and music. She graduated from the Paris Conservatoire summa cum laude in 2007. That same year she also received the Adami award as Young classical singer of the year, and in 2008 she won Second Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition.

Among numerous operatic successes, let's mention Zaïde in Campra's L'Europe Galante ; Wisdom, Sidonie and Mélisse in Lully's Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under William Christie's baton ; Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Arcabonne in Lully's Amadis and the 3rd Dame (Festival of Aix en Provence, salle Pleyel in Paris, Berlin Philharmony, conducted by René Jacobs) or the 2nd Dame (Opéra d'Avgignon) in Zauberflöte. She also sang the tile-role in Offenbach's Périchole.

Although she is particularly fond of giving recitals (often accompanied by Johanne Ralambondrainy), Isabelle Druet also likes to move off the beaten track, performing traditional music, giving equestrian recitals, and taking part in street operas and other original activities. One of her priorities is to share her vocal art with as many people as possible. Thus she has taken part with Jean-François Zygel in his Leçons de musique at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and in his Cabaret classique on France Musique.

Her discography includes among others her first recital recording, Jardin Nocturne accompanied by Johanne Ralambondrainy. With Le Poème Harmonique, she recorded for Alpha Plaisir d'amour and Firenze 1616 (2007), Combatimenti (2011) and Briceno (2012). In 2008 the DVD Cadmus et Hermione (also with Le Poème Harmonique, for Alpha) received a Diapason d'Or, ffff Télérama, 4 stars from Le Monde de la Musique, R10 Classica, and was a BBC Music Choice.
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