A Night at the Opera

Live Extracts of "A Night at the Opera" St-Hubert, Belgium 2018


A true vocal bouquet

Since the 18th Century, opera has been the genre that, more than any other, provides composers with the greatest fame. Composers have consequently competed intensely with each other to ensure that listeners are struck by and remember their melodies. This program offers a particularly rich and varied bouquet, from Mozart to Strauss, to the irresistible Offenbach.


Julie, Sophie and Pablo Matías have concocted a unique program, divided into two parts, the first in Russian and German, and the second in French and Italian.


Alternating between piano solos and lyrics sung either solo or in duo, the three performers accompany the audience on a voyage through time and aesthetics. The proposed recital covers one and a half centuries of musical creation in a genre that audiences particularly
appreciate.


 


Sophie Van de Woestyne


The mezzo-soprano Sophie Van de Woestyne began her study of music at the age of 7 at the Saint-Hubert Music Academy. She perfected her training at the Royal Conservatory of Liège, where she received 1st prize in operatic singing. For over 10 years, she has lived and sung professionally in Paris. Her rounded, full voice enables her to perform extremely varied repertoires, from the baroque to present day.
Sophie is a member of the National Opera of Lyon, where she sang alto-solo parts in Mozart’s Requiem, and in Kurt Weill’s children’s opera He said yes, he said no. She was also the under-study of Nickausse-La Muse in Offenbach’s Hoffman’s Tales, directed by Marc Minkowski and staged by Laurent Pelly.
At the Châtelet Theatre, Sophie sang the role of Zoé in Messager’s Véronique, and was Scientist 1 in the world premiere of Howard Shore’s The Fly, directed by Placido Domingo.
At the Champs Elysées Theatre, she played the role of Mrs Noye in Benjamin Britten’s Noah’s Ark.
She was invited again to sing Zulma in Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers alongside Marie-Nicole Lemieux, among others. Finally, she performed Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma.
In 2018 she performed the role of a Carmelite nun in Dialogues of the Carmelites by Francis Poulenc, both at the Champs Elysées Theatre and the Opera of Caen, directed by Jérémie Rhorer, and staged by Olivier Py.

 


Julie Gebhart

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