Annick Massis

Acclaimed worldwide as one of the greatest sopranos and most versatile singers of our time, Annick Massis has appeared in virtually all the world top venues : Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu, Madrid’s Teatro Real, Grand Théâtre de Genève and Opernhaus Zürich, Wiener Staatsoper, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and Philharmonie, Brussels’ La Monnaie, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Metropolitan Opera and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Paris Opéra Bastille and Palais Garnier, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Venice’s La Fenice, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Salzburg Festival, Rossini Opera Festival of Pesaro, Arena di Verona, Glyndebourne…

She has collaborated with conductors Alberto Zedda, Richard Bonynge, William Christie, Trevor Pinnock, Marc Minkowski, Christoph Eschenbach, Georges Prêtre, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Marcello Viotti, James Levine, Simon Rattle, Bruno Campanella and directors Pier Luigi Pizzi, David McVicar and Graham Vick.

Annick’s portrayals of French romantic and bel canto heroines are widely considered models of the genre, as she took up the torch of the late Maria Callas, Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland, Beverley Sills and Montserrat Caballé.

Among her most memorable interpretations : Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (more than 10 productions around the world), La Fille du régimentMaria di Rohan, and recently Lucrezia Borgia ; Händel’s Semele ; Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, I Puritani, La Sonnambula and La Straniera ; Rossini’s TancrediMatilde di ShabranLe Comte OryIl Viaggio a ReimsGuillaume Tell ; Verdi’s  Traviata and Jerusalem ; Poulenc’s Dialogue des Carmélites ; Thomas’ Hamlet ; Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots and Margherita d’Anjou ; Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles ; Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette ; Halévy’s La Juive ; Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini ; Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann , Massenet’s Manon.

Annick was awarded the prestigious La Siola d’Oro in Italy (in 2007 in memory of Lina Pagliughi to Dame Joan Sutherland) in acknowledgement for her contributions to bel canto. In her native France, she was awarded the medal of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

Representation : Special projects (production)

Donizetti : Lucrezia Borgia
Bellini : La Sonnambula
Bellini : La Straniera
Rossini : Matilde di Shabran