The French coloratura soprano, Patricia Petibon, initially studied plastic arts. Already interested in the piano and fine arts as a child, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in musicology at the Paris Conservatoire and then went on to study singing there with Professor Rachel Yakar, graduating with a first prize in 1995. She was discovered by the acclaimed American conductor and harpsichordist William Christie and consequently often worked with his orchestra Les Arts Florissants, appearing with William Christie at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Scala in Milan, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and the Wigmore Hall in London. Patricia Petibon has been awarded three Victoires de la musique classique - as “Best Young Talent” in 1998 and as “Best Opera Singer” in 2001 and 2003.
Patricia Petibon is acclaimed for her interpretations of French Baroque music. She has worked with William Christie; John Eliot Gardiner; Marc Minkowski; Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien; Robert Wilson and even the French rap group Futuristiq. In 1996 she made a successful debut at the Opéra de Paris in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, and subsequently appeared in a variety of roles including Blondchen in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Norina in Don Pasquale and Olympia in Les Contes D’hoffmann. She has performed at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the opera houses in Lyon, Nancy, Toulouse and Strasbourg, following with debuts at the Opéra Bastille in Paris in Massenet’s Manon, the Zürich Opera as Blondchen. She made her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper as Olympia in Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffman, a role which she has performed several times in France, including an extravagant production by Jérôme Savary at the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy in 2004. In 2006, she was one of the soloists in the W.A. Mozart 250th birthday celebration in Salzburg, which was telecast on Great Performances by PBS. In 2006, she also made her role debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro in Nancy and in 2007 she appeared as Olympia at the Paris Opéra Bastille and as Ginevra in George Frideric Handel’s Ariodante in Geneva. In January 2008 Petibon sang in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites at the Theater an der Wien replacing another singer who fell ill. In July she sang the Duchess Carolina in the zarzuela Luisa Fernanda by Federico Moreno Torroba at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna alongside Plácido Domingo.The same year she also sang Camille in Hérold’s Zampa at the Opéra Comique in Paris.
The soprano is frequently heard as a recitalist and has also performed numerous Baroque opera roles, including Phani and Zima in Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes under William Christie at the Opéra Bastille, Dalinda in Ariodante conducted by Marc Minkowski and Amor in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice under Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the reopening of the Théâtre du Châtelet. A particular success was her performance as Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida at the Vienna Musikverein, with Cecilia Bartoli and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. She has since worked frequently with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, appearing under his baton as Mademoiselle Silberklang in W.A. Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor in Salzburg and in Vienna’s Musikverein, Giunia in W.A. Mozart’s Lucio Silla at the Theater an der Wien, Angelica in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino at the Styriarte Festival in Graz and Worldliness in W.A. Mozart's Schuldigkeit Des Ersten Gebots in Vienna, Lucerne and Salzburg.
Recent highlights include Despina in W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival and her role debut of Lulu in Geneva, at the Salzburg Festival and in Barcelona (also released on DVD with the label DGG). She further performed Blanche in Francis Poulenc's Les Dialogues Des Carmélites at the Theater an der Wien, Aspasia in Mitridate with Ivor Bolton at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (20120). Her debuts as Donna Anna in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Opéra Bastille in Paris (2012) and as Gilda in Rigoletto in Munich were stunning successes. At the Liceu in Barcelona she just performed in W.A. Mozart's Lucio Silla and in December 2013 she was highly acclaimed by press and the audience for her interpretation of Blanche in Les Dialogues Des Carmélites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Concert engagements of the current season (2013-2014) include her new Baroque program “Nouveau Monde” in Prague, Paris and Baden-Baden, the New Year’s gala in Leipzig with Kristjan Järvi, concerts with the Baroque ensemble Amarillis, as well as recitals in Hamburg, Lille, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and in Valencia. The 2013-2014 season further includes a new production of the world premiere of Au Monde, a new opera by Philippe Boesmans in Brussels as well as Händel’s Ariodante at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence.
Patricia Petibon She has recorded the works of Lully, Charpentier, Rameau, Landi, François Couperin, George Frideric Handel, Gluck, W.A. Mozart, Haydn, Antonio Caldara, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Bruno, Dello Joio, Debussy, Mancini, Méhul, Jommelli, Offenbach, Delibes, Francis Poulenc, and Nicolas Racot de Grandval. She has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2008. Her debut album, “Amoureuses” - arias by W.A. Mozart, Haydn and Gluck with Concerto Köln and Daniel Harding -, was released in autumn 2008 and won 2009’s BBC Music Magazine Award for “Best Opera Album”. She is also to be seen and heard on the DVD A Mozart Gala from Salzburg, which features such renowned Deutsche Grammophon stars as Anna Netrebko and Magdalena Kožená. In 2010 Deutsche Grammophon released her Italian Baroque album “Rosso” with Andrea Marcon and Carmina Burana from Munich under Daniel Harding. Her releases in 2011 included “Melancolia”, an album of Spanish arias and songs with Josep Pons conducting the Spanish National Orchestra, which they took on an autumn tour of France and Spain in 2011, and (on DVD) her acclaimed interpretation of Alban Berg's Lulu in Olivier Py’s production, filmed live at the Liceu in Barcelona. 2012 saw the release of “Nouveau Monde”, Baroque arias and songs from England, France, Spain and Latin America, with Andrea Marcon directing La Cetra. In December 2013 a recording of F. Poulenc's Stabat Mater and Gloria was released.
Patricia Petibon is married to French composer Eric Tanguy. They have one child.