Soprano Elsa Benoit shines in the double role of Angel and mother Sarah, who senses the approaching danger.
- NRC Handelsblad (Il sacrifizio di Abramo, Nederlandse Bach Vereniging at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, October 2018) -
French soprano Elsa Benoit is one of the most captivating young singers in front of the public today.
In the 2019-20 season Ms. Benoit returns to the Bavarian State Opera for roles such as Musetta in La Bohème, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, and Nanetta in a new production of Falstaff conducted by Kirill Petrenko. She also returns to the the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic singing Poulenc´s Gloria at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Tivoli in Utrecht, after having sung with the orchestra under Leonardo García Alarcón as Gabriel and Eva in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung last season.
Last season, Ms. Benoit debuted at Theater Basel in the role of Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. She appeared alongside Joyce DiDonato in concert with Il Pomo d’Oro and conductor Maxim Emelyanychev as Poppea in concert performances of Händel’s Agrippina in Luxembourg, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London and Turku. Her season also included leading roles with the Bavarian State Opera, returning to the role of Poppea in a new production of Agrippina directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Ivor Bolton during the Opernfestspiele, and her role debuts as Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Zerlina in Don Giovanni. She appeared as soprano soloist in Camilla de Rossi’s Il Sacrifizio di Abramo with the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
Since she joined the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera in 2016-17, she has interpreted roles such as the Shepherd in Tannhäuser, Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Frasquita in Carmen, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Emilie in a Rameau’s Les Indes galantes directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and conducted by Ivor Bolton.
She took the stage at Stadttheater Klagenfurt in the 2015-16 season in acclaimed performances as Tytania in Britten´s A Midsummer Night´s Dream conducted by Alexander Soddy and Giulietta in Bellini´s I Capuleti e i Montecchi under Giacomo Sagripanti. Audiences in Klagenfurt also heard her as Micaëla in performances of Carmen (for which she won an Austrian Music Theatre Prize) and Despina in Cosí fan tutte.
Further guest engagements include her celebrated debuts at Opéra de Lille and in Reims singing the title role in the world premiere of Marta by Wolfgang Mitterer. She has also sung in recitals at the Bavarian State Opera, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, as well as with Ensemble Modern in the Cologne Philharmonie.
The 2014-15 season marked Ms. Benoit´s final year in the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, where she sang Comtesse Adéle in Rossini´s Le Comte Ory in a production at the Cuvilliés Theater. During her time in the Opera Studio she portrayed roles such as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Amital in La Betulia Liberata, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as the title role of Mirandolina by Martinů and Euridice in Monteverdi´s L´Orfeo at the Prinzregententheater.
Ms. Benoit studied singing and piano at an early age, and then while studying musicology made her first steps on stage as member of the Opera Choir of Rennes and Angers-Nantes. Subsequently she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Amsterdam Conservatory. She was then selected to join the Dutch National Opera Academy from 2011-2013, where she received her Master´s Degree in Opera with distinction. In November 2012, she won three awards at the International Singing Competition Symphonies d’Automne and also won the prize Brane-Cantenac at the International Singing Competition MACM in March 2013.
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Wie wirklich schönes Singen klingen könnte, hört man (…) bei Elsa Benoît. [Sie] gibt die Inès mit brillanter Technik und mühelos glänzender Höhe.
Stuttgarter Zeitung (Inès in La Favorite, Bayerische Staatsoper, October 2016)
The French soprano Elsa Benoit is not only a ravishingly beautiful Giulietta with perceptible stage presence, she also sings the challenging role very convincingly. She shines in the coloratura passages, but also achieves very beautiful piano phrases.
Der Opernfreund (I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, 2016)
Elsa Benoit zaubert als Marta mit schlankem, agilem Sopran Koloraturen in der Tradition von Offenbachs Olympia.
Opernwelt (Marta, Opéra de Lille, May 2016)
Photo Credit: Adrian Schaetz
Photo Credit: Saskia Groneberg
Haydn: Die Schöpfung – The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Radio Choir