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Bénédicte Devouassoux (Mezzo-soprano, Contralto)

Born: March 23, ____ - Chamonix, France

The French mezzo-soprano/contralto, Bénédicte Devouassoux, began her studies of music at the age of 16 with saxophone as her method of introduction. In 1990 she obtained the gold medal at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Villeurbanne while finishing her diploma in history of music and her musical education at the Conservatoire National de Région de Lyon. She achieved her DEM (Diploma in Musical studies) in 2003 at the Conservatoire du xx arrondissement de Paris.Passionate in Lyric Art, she is following drama lessons at the Théâtre de l’Iris (in Villeurbanne). In 2005, she participated in the 20th European Music Competition in Picardy and was awarded a first prize with the congratulations of the soprano: Leontina Vaduva.

Bénédicte Devouassoux performs regularly in oratorios such as Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns, Samson by George Frideric HandelL and Stabat Mater by Rossini. She performed Mozart 's Requiem at the Madeleine under the direction of Jean- Louis Petit and Hugues Reiner, and G.F. Handel's Messiah under the direction of Paul Kuentz Meanwhile, she sang in recitals at the the musical weeks of Chamonix, Auvillar Sarrebourg at Gala lyrique de Bussy-Rabutin, at the Festival d’Art et Musique in Isle Cremieu, and at the Automne à Vaugneray, in Baroque, Romantic and contemporary repertoire. She paricipated in the creation of the lyrical work El Canto Général by Mikis Theodorakis on poems by Pablo Neruda. Moreover, she was hailed by critic Philippe Andriot at a private concert in Lyon.

Since 1994, Bénédicte Devouassoux holds an art teaching position at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Municipal de Bellegarde/Valserine.

Source: Festival Mont Blanc Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (January 2014)
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Aryeh Oron (January 2014)

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