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Karine Deshayes (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: France

The French mezzo-soprano, Karine Deshayes, obtained a degree in Literature and Music at the Paris Sorbonne University. She then studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (Paris) with Mireille Alcantara. She has explored the baroque repertoire with specialists such as Emmanuelle Haïm, Christophe Rousset, William Christie, Il Seminario Musicale and Les Paladins.

Karine Deshayes was then invited to be a Company member of the Opéra National de Lyon where her roles included : Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), the Squirrel and the Cat (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges), Clara (Le Premier Cercle by Gilbert Amy, world première), Clarina (La Cambiale del Matrimonio), Nancy (Albert Herring), Cupidon in Orphée aux Enfers, Stefano ( Roméo et Juliette), the kitchen boy ( Rusalka) and Rosina (Il Barbieri di Siviglia). She has also sang in Cosi fan Tutte (Dorabella) with "L'Arcal", in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Teatro Musicale Real, Madrid, and La Donna del Lago for the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. The Opéra National de Paris, then invited her to sing in Rusalka, Juliette ou la Clé des Songes, Faust (Siebel), Parsifal and Veck Makropoulos (Krista).

Other roles include Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Festival de Lacoste, the Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) at the Théâtre du Capitole, Toulouse, at the Opéra National de Paris and Salzburg Festival, the title role in La Cenerentola (Rossini) at the Opéra National de Bordeaux and at the Opéra de Nantes et Angers, Mercedes (Carmen) at the Chorégie d'Orange and Irene (Tamerlano) at the Opéra de Lille, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) at the Théatre du Capitole, Toulouse, Béatrice (Béatrice et Bénédict) at the Opéra National du Rhin. And most recently Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Preziosilla (La Forza del Destino) at the Opéra d'Avignon, Vénus (Vénus et Adonis) and Zanetto at the Opéra de Nancy. She recently sang her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Siebel (Faust).

Karine Deshayes also sings oratorio, performances include Le Martyre de Saint-Sébastien (Debussy) with Jacques Mercier and the Orchestre d'Ile de France, Mozart's Requiem at the Saint-Denis festival with Kurt Masur and the Orchestre National de France, concert performances of Béatrice et Benedict (Berlioz) at the Opéra-Comique with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Marc Soustrot, with the Liège Philharmonic Orchestra and Sheherazade (Ravel) with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France conducted by Myung-Whun Chung and Mozart's Mass in C with Louis Langrée and Concert d'Astrée. Accompanied by pianist Hélène Lucas, she has regularly performed in solo recitals at the Opéra National de Lyon, under the close supervision of Ruben Lifschitz.

Karine Deshayes was awarded first prize at the "Voix d'Or" 2001 and the "Voix Nouvelles" 2002 competitions. She was also nominated for the "discovery of the year" in the "Artiste Lyrique" category at the "Victoires de la Musique Classique " 2002. Karine Deshayes is sponsored by The Singer's Development Foundation.

Future projects include, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Nicklausse (Les Contes díHoffmann) at Théâtre Capitole de Toulouse, Isolier (Il Conte Ory) at the opéra Nantes et Angers, Zerlina at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, Rosina at the Opéra de Nancy.

Source: Karine Deshayes Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2007)

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