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Antoinette Dennefeld
Mezzo-soprano

Season 19/20 Artist
© Louis Barsiat

Antoinette Dennefeld was born in Strasbourg. She entered the Haute École de Musique in Lausanne in 2006 and took part in the masterclasses of Christa Ludwig, Dale Duesing and Luisa Castellani before earning a Masters with Honours as a soloist in 2011. A winner of the Fondation Leenaards Scholarship, she won the Grand Prize and the Prize from the Office Franco-Québécois pour la Jeunesse at the Marmande International Singing Competition as well as Third Prize and the Audience Prize at the International Singing Competition in Geneva. She performs in concert and recital with the pianist Lucas Buclin, with whom she formed the Duo Almage in 2009.
She has performed numerous roles at the opera including the Comtesse Ceprano and Giovanna in Rigoletto at the Avenches Opera Festival, the Cat and the Squirrel in L’Enfant et les sortilèges and Isolier (Le Comte Ory) at the Lyon Opera, Charmion in Massenet’s Cléopâtre at the Marseille Opera, Louise (Les Mousquetaires au couvent) at the Lausanne Opera and the Opéra Comique, the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, the Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Zulma in L’Italiana in Algeri, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette, Vénus in Orphée aux Enfers, and Fanny Elssler in Honegger / Ibert’s L’Aiglon at the Lausanne Opera. She made her Italian debut at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino singing the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. More recently, she appeared as Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Montpellier Opera, Jean (Massenet’s Manon) at the Marseille Opera, Cunégonde (Offenbach’s Le Roi Carotte) at the Lyon Opera, and Rose (Lakmé) with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Prinzregentheater in Munich. She also sang the roles of Flora Bervoix (La Traviata), Lola (Cavalleria rusticana), Mercédès (Carmen), and Annio at the Paris Opera. Her other performances include Charlotte (Werther) in Tenerife, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Lyon Opera, Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Marseille Opera, Carmen at the Dijon Opera, Concepción (L’Heure espagnole) with the Opera Lombardia and the Prince (Cinderella) at the Lorraine Opera.  

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