Annick Massis

Biography

The Parisian soprano Annick Massis is a specialist in French, Mozart and Bel Canto repertoires. Since her sensational Paris Opéra debut in 1994 in Le Nozze di Figaro she has been invited back time and time again. She has graced French Opera houses in many roles, including Ophélie in Ambrose Thomas' Hamlet (Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Teatro Regio Torino) - the role she will reprise in Geneva during the 2005/2006 season. Another exquisite performance was that of Leïla in Les Pêcheurs de Perles by Bizet (Toulouse, Venice and on tour in Japan with La Fenice in the Pier Luigi Pizzi's production).

With her fluent Italian and florid coloratura she made a glorious debut at the Metropolitan Opera in December 2002 in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor. One of her most memorable performances to date was as Matilde di Shabran at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, where she sang opposite Juan Diego Florez. Her recent role debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in Pittsburgh received accolades from the American press.

She has performed in numerous concerts with L'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, L'Orchestre National de France, L'Orchestre National de Lyon, L'Ensemble Intercontemporain and Les Musiciens du Louvre. Audiences in other parts of Europe have enjoyed attending her recitals at La Scala in Milan, the Halle Festival in Germany, the Villa Medici in Rome, La Monnaie in Brussels and the Royal Festival Hall in London.

 

She has worked extensively with an array of accomplished professionals such as Marc Minkowski, Alberta Zedda, William Christie, Marcello Viotti and Richard Bonynge.

 

In 2004-2005, Annick Massis made her long awaited La Scala debut in Handel's Rinaldo.

In 2005-2006, after appearing in the opening production of the season at La Fenice with La Juive, she returned later on in that season for a new production of Lucio Silla, The same Mozart opera will also be her debut vehicle at the Salzburg Festival in 2006. Other engagements: I puritani in Berlin, La Juive at the Bastille and her role debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at Opéra Monte Carlo.

 

Her distinguished discography includes Duo d'Amore; Rossini's romantic duets disc; Rossini's L'inganno felice; Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie; Anacreon; Boieldieu's La Dame Blanche, DVD and CD recordings of Les Pêcheurs de Perles from La Fenice (Dynamic) and several recordings with Opera Rara including the world premiere recording of Donizetti's one-act opera Francesca di Foix. In Meyerbeer's Marguerite d'Anjou, she gave a magnificent performance in the title role and the disc was nominated for the Gramophone Awards for Opera Recording of the Year in 2005. Her Haydn & Mozart Airs disc continues to dominate the classical music chart in France several months after its release. Her next album will be the live recording of Matilde di Shabran from the Rossini Opera festival opposite Juan Diego Florez with Massis in the title role.

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