Claire LEFILLIÂTRE - Soprano
Passionate about singing and baroque expression—particularly the interpretation of French and Italian music of the seventeenth century—Claire Lefilliâtre received her vocal training from Alain Buet and Raphaël Sikorski, studied baroque gesture and declamation with Eugène Green and Benjamin Lazar, and Alexander technique as applied to stage movement with Agnès de Brunhoff.
Claire’s expertise in baroque repertoire has made her a favourite performer with several ensembles and led her to sing on many international stages including Opéra Comique, Opéra de Rouen, Opéra d’Avignon, Utrecht Oude Muziek Festival, Philharmonic Orchestra of Saint Petersburg, Palau de la Música (Barcelona), Academia Santa Cecilia (Rome), Művészetek Palotája (Budapest), Bozar Festival (Brussels), and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) as well as in New York, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Shanghai.
Since 1999, Claire has been one of the principal performers in the group Le Poème Harmonique, directed by Vincent Dumestre. Her involvement in their highly-acclaimed productions has been consistently praised by the press. Claire’s roles with them have included the performance of sung intermezzos in Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme in opera houses throughout Europe (between 2004 and 2011); the title role in Marco Marazzoli’s opera La Vita Humana (2006) in several venues; Hermione in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione (2008–10) likewise; and Cavalli’s L’Egisto at both the Opéra Comique de Paris and Opéra de Rouen (2012–13).
In 2008 she sang Annio in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (directed by Jérémie Rhorer, staged by Alain Garichot) at the Théâtre des Arts de Rouen.
The public discovered new aspects of Claire’s versatility in April 2010, in her duet performances with the famous French author, composer and singer Emily Loizeau.
Also well-versed in contemporary music, Claire has regularly collaborated with the stage director Benjamin Lazar, including his creation for the internet Au web ce soir, and in Ma Mère Musicienne, staged at the Scène Nationale de Quimper and at the Festival Mettre en Scène au Théâtre Nationale de Bretagne (Rennes 2012).
In 2013, Claire performed the roles of Messagiera and La Musica in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Akadêmia led by Françoise Lasserre in New Delhi and the Cité de la Musique (Paris). She will also perform in chamber music, continuing her collaboration with the ensembles Le Poème Harmonique (Miami, Houston, Lyon, Madrid, Luxembourg); and La Fenice (Brussels, Paris, London). In December, she will be the guest of Russian early music ensemble Pratum integrum in a Rameau recital at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre.
In 2014, Claire will sing at Karlsruhe Oper in the role of Pulcheria alongside the Argentine countertenor Franco Fagioli in Handel’s Riccardo Primo. She will also be heard with the ensemble Oxalys in Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne, Joseph Jonguen’s Melodies Françaises and in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony.
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