Marianne Crebassa



The 2016/2017 season marked the global release of Marianne Crebassa’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Oh, Boy!’, and saw her crowned Artiste Lyrique at the 2017 Victoires de la Musique. On stage she returned to La Scala and the Berliner Staatsoper for productions of Le Nozze di Figaro, to the Salzburg Festival for her first Sesto, La Clemenza di Tito, and made her debut at the Opéra Comique in Paris in the title role of Offenbach’s Fantasio.

At just 21, while studying musicology, voice and piano in her home town Montpellier, Marianne Crebassa was engaged by the opera there as soloist in Schumann’s Manfred. Following her notable success at the Festival de Radio France as Isabella, Wuthering Heights, in 2010, Crebassa was engaged in the Paris Opera Young Artist Program, appearing as Gluck’s Orphée and Ramiro, La Finta Giardiniera, and on the mainstage in Lulu, Rigoletto, and Madama Butterfly.

On graduating she debuted at the Salzburg Festival alongside Placido Domingo as Irene, Tamerlano, returning the following season as Cecilio, Lucio Silla. In the 2014 festival she created the title role in Dalbavie’s Charlotte Salomon.

Rapidly invited across Europe and America, she has portrayed Cherubino in Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam. She made her La Scala debut as Cecilio, and returned the following season in L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Her US stage debut was made in Chicago as Stephano, Roméo et Juliette.

The mezzo-soprano’s extensive concert credits and projects include the Festival de Saint Denis, Salzburg’s Mozart Festwochen, The Gulbenkian Foundation, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Wiener Sinfoniker, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin… In 2016 she performed as a soloist at the opening night of the 50th Mostly Mozart Festival in New York and 2017 saw her debut at the BBC Proms with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

She returns regularly to the Festival de Radio France in her home town Montpellier, where most recently she sang with pianist Fazil Say, with whom she regularly gives recitals.

Marianne is an exclusive recording artist with Erato and her second disc, “Secrets”, of mainly well-known French Mélodies, recorded with Fazil Say, was released in 2017 and received a Gramophone Award.

During the 17/18 season, Marianne was invited by Daniel Barenboim to celebrate the Debussy centenary with concerts with the Staatskapelle, a recital in the Pierre Boulez Saal and her debut in the role of Mélisande. 2018 also saw her return to La Scala as Irene, to Chicago as Dorabella and to Paris as Sesto.

Her 2018/2019 season begins with the title role in Orphée et Eurydice at the Opera Comique and Angelina in La Cenerentola at the Opéra National de Paris.

2018/2019 Season

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“Marianne Crebassa is splendidly charismatic as Cecilio.”

George Loomis

The New York Times

“In this context, Charlotte Salomon must count as a succès d’estime – thanks largely to a clairvoyant staging by Luc Bondy and the spell cast by Marianne Crebassa, a dazzling 27-year-old with doe-eyed looks, the seductive innocence of Debussy’s Mélisande and a luscious voice that seems destined for Massenet’s Charlotte (Werther).”

Andrew Clark

Financial Times

More Reviews

“Marianne Crebassa is splendidly charismatic as Cecilio. “

George Loomis, The New York Times 

“In this context, Charlotte Salomon must count as a succès d’estime – thanks largely to a clairvoyant staging by Luc Bondy and the spell cast by Marianne Crebassa, a dazzling 27-year-old with doe-eyed looks, the seductive innocence of Debussy’s Mélisande and a luscious voice that seems destined for Massenet’s Charlotte (Werther).”

Andrew Clark, Financial Times 

“Heldin des Abends: Marianne Crebassa mit schlankem, doch substanzreichem Klang [The heroine of the evening was Marianne Crebassa, who delivered the vocal line with clean directness whilst retaining a fullness of sound.”

Christoph Irrgeher, Wiener Zeitung 

“Die Mezzoentdeckung Marianne Crebassa begeistert als Cecilio mit ihrem ebenmäßig schimmernden Timbre.[Mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa is truly a revelation. She is exciting as Cecilio, with her harmonious and bright timbre.]”

Manuel Brug, Die Welt 

“In der Hosenrolle trifft die Mezzosopranistin Marianne Crebassa mit geschmeidigen Tiefen und lichter höherer Lage genau das rechte Gegengewicht.[In the role of the transvestite, mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa creates a perfect balance by alternating smooth low notes and bright high notes.]”

Reinhard Kriechbaum, Weiner Zeitung 

“Avec une assurance justifiée par son immense talent, elle déploie dans l’air de Dulcinée toute la splendeur de son timbre (quels graves !) et une diction parfaite.[In the Dulcinée aria, she showcases the full extent of the splendour of her timbre (what beautiful low notes!) and a perfect diction, with confidence that is justified by her immense talent.]”

Laurent Bury, Forum Opéra 

“Enfin, et c’était là la révélation de la soirée, il convient de louer la voix et le timbre magnifiques de la mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa, véritable Isabella Linton, parvenant même à faire oublier que l’on était ici en présence d’une version de concert sans mise en scène.[We must praise mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa’s beautiful voice and timbre, that night’s revelation. A fantastic Isabella Linton, she somehow made the audience forget that it was a concert version without a production.]”

Vincent Haegele, Classique Info 

“Dans le rôle d’Isabella, Marianne Crebassa constitue une véritable révélation. Cette jeune mezzo-soprano au physique avenant, fraîchement issue du CRR de Montpellier, possède une voix opulente et parfaitement projetée. De plus, elle s’offre le luxe de s’accompagner elle-même au piano dans son air du troisième acte. Une artiste dont on reparlera assurément. [Marianne Crebassa is an absolute revelation in the role of Isabella. The young, attractive mezzo-soprano, a recent graduate of the Montpellier Conservatory, has a perfectly projected opulent voice. Moreover, she treats herself to the luxury of accompanying herself on the piano in the third act aria. We will definitely talk about this artist again.”

Christian Peter, Forum Opéra 


New Album

New Album


French Songs with Fazil Say

2017,Warner Classics

‘the combination of intelligence, immediacy and subtlety is utterly compelling and marks ‘Secrets’ out as one of the finest French song recitals of recent years.’ Gramophone 2017

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