(c) Chantal Casanova
Zigeunerlieder, Op. 103 n°3, Brahms
"Wisst ihr, wann mein Kindchen..."
Aurore UGOLIN - Mezzo-soprano
Aurore Ugolin studied singing in the United States (Montclair State University) and at the Paris National Conservatory.
Soon after graduating in Paris, she sang one of her signature roles, which took her on the biggest opera stages: Dido from Dido and Aeneas by Purcell in the staging of Sasha Waltz, production which was created at the Staatsoper in Berlin in 2005 (DVD Arthaus Musik). She took over this role in the revivals of the production in France, Europe, the United States, South America, Asia and in Australia.
She sang the role of Carmen (Erfurt, Nice and Antibes), Amneris from Aida (Schwerin), Fenena from Nabucco (Montpellier), Bersi from Andrea Chénier (Toulon), the Trommler from Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Ullmann (Caen and Luxembourg), the solo mezzo-soprano in Hydrogen Jukebox by Philip Glass (Angers and Nantes). She was heard in the double-bill Trouble in Tahiti by Bernstein and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges by Ravel (Nancy and Caen). She sang Lucienne from Die Tote Stadt (Nancy) and Margaret from Wozzeck (Avignon, Reims, Rouen and Limoges). She also sang Mercedes from Carmen (Toulon, Montpellier and for an adaptation in Avignon), Malika from Lakmé (Toulon), Anna from Marie Stuart by Lavello (Hardelot Festival), The Third Water Nymph from Rusalka (Tours). She made her debut as Baba the Turk from The Rake's Progress in the operas of Rennes and Nantes.
Very interested in contemporary music, she took part in the world premieres of several operas such as Maraina and Chin by Jean-Claude Trulès, Libre Echange by Benjamin Hamon, as well as music theatre pieces like La Maison qui chante by Betsy Jolas, Courte Longue Vie au Grand Petit Roi by Alexandros Markéas and took part (as a singer) in Jean-Michel Ribes' theatrical play : Par-delà les marronniers at the Théâtre du Rond-Point in Paris and on tour. She sang in the world premiere of L'Amour telle une Cathédrale Engloutie by Guy Régis Jr at the Théâtre de la Tempête in Paris.
In the concert field, she sang under the baton of Kurt Masur in Bach’s Matthäus-Passion in Paris, she took part in ‘La Folle Journée de Nantes’ (program Debussy and De Falla), she sang Verdi Requiem in Saint-Etienne, Schubert's A flat major Mass in Avignon, Haendel’s Messiah at the Festival Sinfonia in Périgord, the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi with the ensemble "Les Nouveaux Caractères" and gave recitals at the French Academy in Rome. She regularly sings with the Paris Mozart Orchestra conducted by Claire Gibault (recently a Berlioz program at the "French May" in Hong Kong).