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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 Dijon Opera (Phébé in Castor et Pollux); the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Falstaff); and the Théâtre du Châtelet (the title role in La Belle Hélène). In 2016, she sang the title role in the Barrie Kosky production 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. During the 2018/2019 season, she made her role debut as Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Tauride) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, then sang the title roles in Juditha triumphans at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and Carmen at the Bayerische Staatsoper. 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 also made her debut appearance at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as Dorabella in Così fan tutte and sang the title roles in La Belle Hélène with the Orchestre National de Lille and Mérope with the Basel Barockorchester. Gaëlle Arquez also performs in concert (Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Cenerentola at the Beaune Festival, L’Heure espagnole with the Bayerische Rundfunk, and d’Indy’s Fervaal at the Radio France Occitanie Festival). She recorded her first CD, Ardente Flamme, for Deutsche Grammophon in 2017.
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