Mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa was declared Opera Singer of the Year at the 24th Victoires de la Musique Classique – the French Grammys – during a ceremony in Paris televised to millions of viewers on France3 last night.

The young opera star beat out tough competition with soprano Patricia Petibon and mezzo Stephanie d’Oustrac also in the running. “I’d like to share this award with my fellow nominees,” said Crebassa in her acceptance speech, with a special mention to her parents in attendance, and to Erato “for the chance to make the album with absolute freedom“.

In her trademark tuxedo and white bowtie, she sang Gluck’s Amour, viens rendre à mon âme (video link below), one of the gems from her debut album of trouser-role arias Oh, Boy!, just released on Erato to great critical acclaim.

The star-studded, three-hour ceremony also featured a live performance by Serbian violin virtuoso Nemanja Radulovic.

“One of the most important voices of our time,” is how the young French mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa is described by Marc Minkowski, the distinguished conductor for her debut album, Oh, Boy! Comprising arias for young male characters who are sung by a woman – the so-called ‘trouser roles’ – it offers an alluring programme of Mozart, Chabrier, Gluck, Gounod, Hahn, Massenet, Meyerbeer, Offenbach and Thomas. Crebassa – praised by Le Monde for her “incredibly beautiful timbre and transcendent presence” – shows why she has already made an impact at the Paris Opéra, La Scala, Milan, the Berlin Staatsoper and the Salzburg Festival.

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