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Marie-Claude Chappuis (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: Fribourg (Freiburg), Switzerland

The Swiss mezzo-soprano, Marie-Claude Chappuis, studied singing Professor Westendorp at the conservatoire of her native city and then at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Breda Zakotnik, obtaining a distinction in her concert diploma.

For five years Marie-Claude Chappuis was a member of the Landestheater Innsbruck under the artistic direction of Brigitte Fassbaender, where she could be heard in important roles of her repertory like Sesto in W.A. Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, Carmen, Charlotte in Massenet's Werther, Armindo George Frideric Handel’s Partenope, Hänsel in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Hippolyta in Benjamin Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Marie-Claude Chappuis was invited by René Jacobs to sing Messagiera and Prosperina in Monteverdi's Orfeo at the Festival für Alte Musik in Innsbruck as well as at the Berlin State Opera, sang Carmen at the Stadttheater Bern and Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Dido & Aeneas at the Stadttheater Lucerne. She also sang with René Jacobs as Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, the Monteverdi Vespers as well as many other concerts and recordings including Annio in the Grammy-nominated La Clemenza di Tito. At the Grand Théatre de Genève, she sang Anna in Les Troyens by Berlioz, Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria as well as Ottavia (Poppea) and Annio (Clemenza). At the Zürich Opera, she sang Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito with Adam Fischer as well as Lazuli in performances of Chabrier’s L’Etoile conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

In addition to her operatic work, Marie-Claude Chappuis has worked, among others, with Philippe Herreweghe with W.A. Mozart's c-minor Mass in Lisbon and Porto and with J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in Brussels, Antwerp, Gent and New York, with Wolfgang Gönnenwein in Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah and G.F. Handel's Messiah and with Michel Corboz. She sang in J.S. Bach's B-minor Mass (BWV 232), W.A. Mozart's c-minor Mass and J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in Zürich, Dream of Gerontio in Bern, Pulcinella with Jac van Steen in Winterthur, St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) in St. Pölten and with John Nelson in Paris. René Jacobs invited her to sing in Georg Philipp Telemann's Brockes Passion, TWV 5:1 on tour. She also gives Lied-recitals together with Breda Zakotnik.

Marie-Claude Chappuis sings regularly with Riccardo Chailly, René Jacobs, John Nelson and Giovanni Antonini at many prestigious venues including the Berliner Philharmonie and Berlin State Opera, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Future engagements include: Annio in Clemenza di Tito with René Jacobs, concerts plus recording for harmonia mundi, Monteverdi Triology (Ottavia, Penelope, Esperanza) with the ensemble Il Giardino Armonico in Geneva, concerts (Purcell and Charpentier) with William Christie on tour and a recording, W.A. Mozart's Davidde penitente in Winterthur, Sesto in Clemenza di Tito at the Festival Baden-Baden and in Luxembourg, concert with Giovanni Antonini in Frankfurt and on tour in Italy, concert with Concerto Köln in Ansbach, Annio in Clemenza di Tito and Anna in Les Troyens at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, L'enfance du Christ with John Nelson in Paris, Orfeo (Esperanza), Poppea (Ottavia) and Madrigals by Monteverdi with René Jacobs in Berlin, Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) by J.S. Bach with Peter Schreier in Zürich, L'étoile by Charbrier with John Eliot Gardiner in Zürich.

Numerous upcoming projects include Paisiello’s Il Matrimonio inaspettato with Riccardo Muti at Salzburg, Ravenna and Piacenza, Idamante in Idomeneo with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass (BWV 232) with Sir Roger Norrington and Ton Koopman, W.A. Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor at the Salzburg Festival of 2008 as well as J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with Riccardo Chailly in Leipzig and at the Barbican Hall in London.

Source: Marie-Claude Chappuis Website; Styriarte Website (2008)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2008)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Riccardo Chailly


BWV 244 [2nd]

Michel Corboz


BWV 244 [2nd, Video]

René Jacobs


V-7 (2011): BWV 232 [2nd recording]
BWV 244 [2nd]
G.P. Telemann: Brockes Passion, TWV 5:1

Roger Norrington


BWV 244

Luca Pianca


Video: BWV 248: Excerpts

Links to other Sites

Marie-Claude Chappuis (Official Website) [German/English]
Marie-Claude Chappuis (Styriarte 2008)
Marie-Claude Chappuis (Theater an der Wien) [German]

Marie-Claude Chappuis (Sinfonietta Archiv) [German]
Marie-Claude Chappuis (Choeur de Chambre de l'Université de Fribourg) [French]
Faestival de Lied (Fribourg) [French]

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