Isabelle Druet

Isabelle Druet is one of her generation’s most celebrated mezzo-sopranos. She is equally at home with opera and lyric recital, and covers repertoire spanning from Monteverdi to Britten with astonishing ease. She has received such accolades as the 2010 Victoires de la musique, the 2007 Révélation Adami, and the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition in 2008. She got her beginnings as an actress and then as a singer of contemporary and traditional music. Her rich mezzo coloratura voice and her natural stage presence swiftly brought her the role of Carmen, which she has sung many times at the Düsseldorf Opera as well as at the operas of Nancy and Metz. Her numerous singing parts have included the title role in L’italiana in Algeri at the Opéra de Metz, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Opéra royal de Versailles, and the title role in Offenbach’s La Grande-duchesse de Gérolstein at the Athénée. On tour, she has sung Glück’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Opéra de Limoges; the part of Orlovsky in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus at the Opéra du Rhin; and the part of Concepción in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole in Lyon; as well as Baba the Turk in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, at the theaters of Caen, Reims, Rouen, Limoges and Luxembourg. 

Isabelle Druet has pursued a rich concert career. She is regularly the guest of R. Jacobs, F.X. Roth, and L. Slatkin and has performed with prestigious orchestras such as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Barocksolisten, the Orchestre national de Lyon, the Gürzenich Orchester, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. A lover of Baroque music, she has performed in ensembles such as Le Poème Harmonique, Le Concert Spirituel, Akamus, and les Arts Florissants.

In recitals, she has been accompanied by Anne Le Bozec, Johanne Ralambondrainy, Georges Pludermacher, Vanessa Wagner, Stéphane Jamin, and the Giardini Quartet, with whom she has performed in halls including the Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, Budapest’s Palais des Arts, the Paris Philharmonie, Venice’s Palazetto Bru Zane as well as the Palais des beaux-arts in Bruxelles.

Her recording have been unanimously applauded by the press: including the selection of French melodies Nocturne, which was released on the Aparté label; L’Heure Espagnole, which appeared on the Naxos label with ONL; and the DVD of Cadmus et Hermione released by Alpha.