A « touching and luminous Euridice » whose « angelic grace in the aria Se desti pietà (…) will not be forgotten » Thierry Hillériteau for Le Figaro.
Michèle Bréant (born in 1999) will reprise the role of Euridice in Sartorio’s Orfeo conducted by Philippe Jaroussky and directed by Benjamin Lazare next March. This season she will also sing the roles of Modistin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at the Leipzig Opera and Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with Mathieu Herzog and the Appassionato orchestra.
A finalist in the 12th Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition with pianist Gabriel Durliat, Michèle will this year be perfecting her Lied technique with Thomas Hampson as part of the new class of the Heidelberg Lied Academy, and at the beginning of the year she will be taking part in the Schubert Woche (Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin).
Michèle began her musical career in Paris, where she was introduced to singing, piano and dance at an early age. Before entering the Conservatoire Régional de Paris, she had her first major stage experience singing Gretel in The Sound of Music at the Théâtre du Châtelet (2009 and 2012). Wishing to continue and complete her training, Michèle joined Carola Guber’s class at the Hochschule für Musik in Leipzig in 2018. In parallel to her musical studies, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Art History at the University of Paris Diderot.
She has subsequently sung as a soloist in a number of international productions, including Glück’s Orphée et Eurydice (2014) at La Monnaie in Brussels, where she played the role of Amour under the baton of Hervé Niquet and alongside Sabine Devieilhe and Stéphanie d’Oustrac, or Mahler’s Das klagende Lied at the Philharmonie de Paris (2016) conducted by Jaap van Zweden, whom she reunited with a few months later for the same work at the Dallas Philharmonie in the United States.
Since then, she has taken part in various events and master classes, including the Atelier lyrique of the Festival Verbier (2022) and the Académie Jaroussky (2022/2023), where she has benefited from the advice of eminent teachers, singers and pianists, including Anne le Bosec, James Bailieu, Erik Battaglia, Anne Sophie von Otter, Thomas Quasthoff and Philippe Jaroussky.
She has also added the roles of Titania in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2021) and Taumännchen in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel (2022) to her repertoire at the Leipzig Opera, and last March sang the solo soprano in Bach’s St Matthew Passion at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, with La Petite Bande conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken.