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Hélène Obadia (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: France

The French mezzo-soprano, Hélène Obadia, studied first violin; then she entered the CNSM of Paris in the class of Lorraine Nubar, then of Andréa Guiot, where she received in 1993 the first prize for singing. Later she perfected her voice with Robert Dumé.

For two seasons, Hélène Obadia participated in the Groupe Vocal de France (12 singing soloists), directed by John Poole, who enabled her to approach a broad repertoire, and in particular the contemporary repertoire. She joined the choir of the Opéra National de Paris and remained with them for three seasons. There she got the opportunity of singing small roles as her debut part in Iphigénie en Tauride as well as a Shepherd in Peer Gynt.

Hélène Obadia got then the opportunity of launching a career as a soloist in Germany, and in Osnabrück she sang from 1998 to 2000 repertoire of lyric mezzo-soprano. She performed there roles as Sextus in La Clemenza di Tito, Dulcinée in Don Quichotte by Massenet, et the Schoolboy in Lulu by Alban Berg, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, Frau Reich in Die Lustige Weiber von Windsor by Nicolai, and Olga in Eugene Onegin and Christa in Makropoulos Affair by Jánacek. At the Festival of Zwingenberg she sang in 1998 Zerlina in Don Giovanni by Mozart, under the baton of G.J. Rumstadt. In 2000 she appeared as a guest at the Nationaltheater of Mannheim in Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.

In the area of oratorio, Hélène Obadia possesses a wide repertoire from Charpentier, Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach to Arthur Honegger, through the Great Mass in C by Mozart. She has participated in numerous concert tours in France and abroad (Prague, Montréal).

Hélène Obadia is passionately devoted to the recital, particularly of the German Romantic repertoire and French music, and has given many concerts, most notably at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Salle Cortot in Paris, and at the Teatro Bibiena in Mantoue.

In 2001 Hélène Obadia became a member of the Opéra de Lyon, where she appeared in Le Siège de Corinthe by Rossini, sang recital dedicated to Richard Strauss and recital of French chamber music with instrumentalists from the Opéra de Lyon. Since 2002 she participates regularly in productions of the Solistes de Lyon Bernard Tétu.

Hélène Obadia also teaches singing at the Institut de Musique Sacrée of Lyon.

Source: Paul Gay (March 2005)
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Paul Gay (March 2005)

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