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Elsa Benoit

Elsa Benoit received vocal and piano lessons at a young age and took her first steps on stage as a member of the Rennes and Angers-Nantes opera choirs while studying musicology. She then graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music degree. From 2011 to 2013, she studied at the Netherlands National Opera Academy, where she received her Master's degree in Opera with distinction. In November 2012, she won three prizes at the Symphonies d'Automne International Singing Competition, and in March 2013, she won the Brane-Cantenac Prize at the MACM International Singing Competition. After two years at the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, the doors to her singing career were open: During her engagement at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, she was acclaimed as Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream and as Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi, among others, as well as for her Micaëla in Carmen (for which she received the Austrian Music Theater Award) and as Despina in Cosí fan tutte. From 2016 to 2021, the soprano was part of the Bavarian State Opera ensemble, performing roles such as the Shepherd in Tannhäuser, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Frasquita in Carmen, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, Adina in L'Elixir d'Amore, Gretel in Hansel und Gretel, Musetta in La Bohéme, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Emilie in Rameau's Les Indes galantes (director: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, conducted by Ivor Bolton). She has been freelancing since 2021. After productions of Philippe Hersant's Les Eclairs at the Ópera Comique and of Handel's Alcina (Morgana) at the Palais Garnier in Paris, of Carmen (Micaela) in Toulouse, of The Rake's Progress (Anne Trulove) in Rennes and Nantes, Handel's Agrippina (Poppea) in Munich and Poulenc's Les Mamélles de Tiresias (Thérèse) at Glyndebourne last season, the artist's operatic focus in 22/23 will be on Handel's Semele (Semele) in Barrie Kosky's production in Lille and in Berlin (Komische Oper), both conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm. In Versailles she is Poppea in Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea under the musical direction of Leonardo García Alarcón. Elsa Benoit is also in great demand in concert. These include the Brahms Requiem together with Christian Gerhaher and the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Choir conducted by Hansjörg Albrecht in Hamburg, Christmas concerts with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern conducted by Pietari Inkinen, concert performances of Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Bellezza) with the Berlin Philharmonic under Emmanuelle Haïm in Berlin and Baden-Baden, French repertoire with the hr-Sinfonieorchester conducted by Alain Altinoglu in Frankfurt and Berlin, and Haydn's Jahreszeiten under Hans-Christoph Rademann in Stuttgart.

concerts featuring Elsa Benoit