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After earning a degree in musicology, Gaëlle Arquez was awarded the 2009 Prize for voice at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In 2011 she was named “Opera Revelation” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.
She made her performance debuts at the Lille Opera (Massenet’s Cendrillon); the Paris Opera (Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Meg Page in Falstaff, Drusilla and Fortuna in L’Incoronazione di Poppea); the Theater an der Wien (Idamante in Idomeneo); the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Falstaff). In 2016, she sang the title role of Carmen in Frankfurt and made her Royal Opera House debut in London in the same production. The following year, she once more sang the role of Carmen, first at the Bregenz Festival and then for her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
She has appeared as Isolier (Le Comte Ory) at the Opéra Comique in Paris, Adalgisa (Norma), Mélisande and Serse in Frankfurt and she also sang the title role in Armide for her debut at the Vienna Staatsoper. Other notable performances include Guilhen (Vincent d’Indy’s Fervaal) at the Radio France Occitanie Festival in Montpellier, Medea (Handel’s Teseo) at the Theater an der Wien, and Carmen at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and the Gstaad Festival. In 2019/2020, she appeared as the Muse and Nicklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) at the Vienna Staatsoper and the Paris Opera and then made her Metropolitan Opera debut in New York in Le nozze di Figaro (Cherubino).
She opened the 2020/2021 season performing the role of Charlotte in Werther at the Frankfurt Opera and the Vienna Staatsoper. She has recently performed the title roles of La Belle Hélène and Giulio Cesare in Egitto at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Isabella (L'italiana in Algeri) in Milan, Ruggiero (Alcina) and Angelina (La Cenerentola) at the Paris Opera, La Merope with the Barockorchester in Basel, Circé at the Royal Opera in Versailles, Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
Gaëlle Arquez also performs in concert and has recorded her first CD, Ardente Flamme, for Deutsche Grammophon in 2017.
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