Marie-Bénédicte Souquet

Norma NAHOUN   -   Soprano

Norma Nahoun studied singing in Paris then at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. She is an award winner of several international competitions (Grand Prize in French Art Song in Toulouse, Hans Gabor Belvedere in Vienna, DEBUT Competition in Germany). She took part in the Academies in such renowned festivals as Verbier and Aix-en-Provence.

 

From 2012 to 2014, she was a member of the Young Ensemble at the Semperoper in Dresden, where she sang such parts as Papagena from Die Zauberflöte, Barbarina from Le Nozze di Figaro, Didone from L’Impresario delle Canarie by Domenico Sarro, Philidel from King Arthur by Purcell, Die Königin from Das geheime Königreich by Křenek and Frasquita from Carmen.

She made her debut at the Paris Opera in May 2015 singing Papagena from Die Zauberflöte. At the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées she debuted the role of Adina in an adaptation of L'Elisir d'Amore. She sang La Jeune Fille for the creation of L'Inondation by Filidei/Pommerat at the Opéra Comique in Paris (with revivals in Rennes and Nantes). In Le Nozze di Figaro, she sang Susanna (Avignon and in a touring production in France) and Barbarina (Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Edinburgh Festival). She sings Zerlina from Don Giovanni (Saint-Etienne), Pamina from Die Zauberföte (Angers, Nantes, Rennes), Minerva and La Fama from La Finta Pazza by Sacrati (Dijon, Geneva, Krakow, Amsterdam), Aldimira from Erismena by Cavalli (concert version in Luxemburg), L'Amour from Orphée et Eurydice (Nancy), Nannetta from Falstaff (Tours), Laoula from L’Etoile by Chabrier (Nancy), Baucis from Philémon et Baucis by Gounod (Tours), Lisette / Ivette from La Rondine (Nancy, Toulouse), Solveig from Peer Gynt (Limoges, Montpellier), Colette from Le Devin du Village by Rousseau (Geneva), Jacqueline from Fortunio by Messager (Saint-Etienne), Frasquita from Carmen (Dijon), Nina from Chérubin by Massenet (Montpellier), Gretel from Hänsel und Gretel (Angers and Nantes), Mi from Das Land des Lächelns (Tours, Avignon), Lucy from The Telephone and Amelia from Amelia al Ballo both by Menotti (Metz), Juliette from Die Tote Stadt (Toulouse) and Echo from Ariadne auf Naxos (Montpellier)

 

In the concert field, she sang with the Kammerorchester in Stuttgart (Goethe-Lieder by Fazil Say), the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester (Cinq-Mars by Gounod in Munich, Vienna and Versailles, conducted by Ulf Schirmer), the Budapest Festival Orchestra (Le Nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte in a concert-version, and Mozart Requiem, all conducted by Ivan Fischer), the Mahler Chamber Orchestre (Fauré Requiem), the Paris Chamber Orchestra (Lovaby by Betsy Jolas), the Orchestre symphonique de Tours (in a Dvořak-Mozart program conducted by Jean-Yves Ossonce), the Orchestre national de Lyon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Mendelssohn conducted by Leonard Slatkin), the Saint-Etienne Orchestra (Mahler's 4th Symphony), the Accentus Choir (La Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini), the Ensemble Café Zimmermann (Bach and Graupner cantatas, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi), Le Balcon (Jacob Lenz in Salzburg). She regularly sings a program "Les Fleurs du Mâle - sassy songs from café-concert" with the Palazzetto Bru-Zane (Venezia, Berlin and Paris).

During season 2022-2023, she sings Suzanna from Le Nozze di Figaro in Saint-Etienne, Solveig from Peer Gynt in Compiègne, she takes over the roles of Minerva and La Fama from La Finta Pazza at the Royal Opera in Versailles, Papagena from Die Zauberflöte in Montpellier, then takes over the role of La Jeune Fille from L'Inondation at the Opéra Comique (before a revival in Luxembourg), Opéra Comique where she will also be singing Frasquita from Carmen.

Mozart - Le Nozze di Figaro

Barbarina : "L'ho perduta..."

Le Concert des Étoiles - Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

France 3 - December 2018

Hervé Le Guillou