Hailed by ADAMI as a “révélation classique,” French mezzo Aude Extrémo is now one of the leading interpreters of French repertoire. She began her vocal studies at the Bordeaux conservatory, followed by two years at the prestigious Atelier Lyrique at the Paris Opera.
Aude won first prize at the ‘Amis du Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux’ competition in March 2007, as well as the first prize at the ‘Jeunes talents lyriques’ competition in April 2009, chaired by Michel Plasson.
Her first stage appearances saw her sing Carmen at the Opéra Bastide, Bordeaux, Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) at the Antibes festival, Olga (Eugene Onegin) in Vichy and the Page (Salomé) at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, a role she later sang at Opéra de Bordeaux. She then went on to sing Maddalena (Rigoletto) at Opéra de Tours and Opéra de Reims, appearing the same season as Ursule (Béatrice et Bénédict) at the “Festival Berlioz”.
Her repertoire in the 2014/15 season developed to include Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), which she sang at the Athénée Theatre in Paris, Charlotte (Werther) with the Symphony Orchestra of Aquitaine, Orlowsky (Die Fledermaus) and Concepcion (L’heure espagnole) in her return to Opéra de Reims and Opéra de Tours. The end of the season saw her role debut as Dalila (Samson et Dalila) at Opéra de Bordeaux.
The 2016/17 season began with Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri) at Opéra de St-Etienne and Opéra de Massy, where she also performed Amneris (Aïda); a role for which she received acclaim as “the revelation of the evening” in Opera Magazine. She returned to Opéra de Monte-Carlo as Venus (Tannhaüser), and Opéra de Paris as Ursule (Béatrice et Bénédict), and sang Verdi’s Messa di Requiem at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux.
Aude is an active concert singer and recitalist; with François-Xavier Roth she performed Schostakovitch’s Cycle of Mélodies from Traditional Jewish Poems at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. At the Auditori de Barcelona, she was mezzo soloist in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and sang Verdi’s Messa di Requiem with the Orchestre National de Lorraine, conducted by Jacques Mercier. Her most recent recital work includes Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder at Tours’ Grand Théâtre and Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
During the 2017/2018 season Aude returned to Bordeaux in a new production of La Vie parisienne (Offenbach), St-Etienne in Semiramide (Rossini) and Ravenna in Petite messe solennelle (Rossini). She also sang Jocasta in Oedipus Rex at the Salzburger Landestheater. Spring 2018 saw her perform her debut in the title role of Offenbach’s La Périchole with Marc Minkowski at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival.
Her future projects include a production of Les Troyens (Anna) by Dimitri Tchemiakov at the Bastille Opera under Philippe Jordan and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (La Muse/Nicklausse) at the Opera of Bordeaux, where she will also sing Fricka (Die Walküre). Aude will also perform with the Lille Orchestra in Carmen, the San Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Saint Matthew’s Passion and at the Rouen Opera in Handel’s Louées soient-elles.
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“Quel bonheur d’entendre enfin un des plus grands rôles du répertoire français reconquis par une interprète qui chante dans sa langue natale ! ”
[What a pleasure to finally hear one of the greatest roles of the French repertoire (Dalila) reconquered by an singer in her native language!]
“…ineffable d’intelligence musicale vocale, déploie les séductions les plus langoureuses…”
[She displays the most languishing seductions with an ineffable musical and vocal intelligence]