The Young French Mezzo-Soprano established in Geneva, Marie Hamard has been acclaimed for her warm voice and her “bewitching presence” (Forum Opéra, feb 2018).

In the 2019-2020 season, she will be Mrs Baggott in Britten’s The Little sweep Opéra-Théâtre Compagny, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Oneguine. She will be also regain the role of Zefka in the Muziektheater Transparant production The Diary of one who disappeared (director Ivo Van Hove) in Rennes Opera, in Saint-Nazaire Theatre, in Antibe’s Anthéa, in Martigues’s theatre. In 2020, she will be artist in residence for Operalab project, led by the main cultural structures in Geneva.


Marie started her artistic training at a very early age, studying the piano and acting. She graduated with a Master in Literature and a Master in cultural management. She then joined the Haute Ecole de Musique in Geneva and in 2015, received a Master of Arts in specialized musical interpretation in Stuart Patterson’s class. For her final recital, she was rewarded with the Mise en Voix prize.

Marie’s constant desire for improvement led her in March 2016, to take part in the prestigious “Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme” in Aldeburgh with Thomas Allen, Ann Murray and Roger Vignoles. The same year, she received the Michelle grant from the FOCUNA foundation and took part in Jennifer Larmore’s master class in Luxembourg. In 2015, she took part in the “Exzellenz-Labor Gesang” development program with Hedwig Fassbender, René Massis and Umberto Finazzi. Prize-winner of the Royaumont Foundation in 2017, she took part in the prestigious Ian Bostridge and Felicity Lott Master Classes in Paris followed by recitals in the Orsay Museum.

Curious and passionate, Marie has a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music.

She has developed her interpretation of french and italian baroque music collaborating with musicians from the Ancient Music Center in Geneva. Her experience includes Monterverdi’s Vespers with Daniel Reuss, Messagera in Monteverdi’s Orfeo with Luca Pianca, Valetto in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Ariel in Purcell’s Tempest with Cantatio (J.Duxbury). In November 2017, she performed in a baroque concert in Napoli under the guidance of Sara Mingardo.

She also likes the contemporary repertoire and has sung Mac Millan’s Seven Last words from the cross with Celso Antunes, Ohanna’s Les Lys, Xavier Dayer’s Sous la terre des cris, Gaudibert’s Si lointaine sa voix with Franck Marcon, Lévinas’ Passion selon Saint Marc (The Servant) with Marc Kissoczy in Musica Strasbourg Festival, Feldman’s Rothko Chapel with N. Farine.

Since 2017, she embodies the gypsy Zefka in the Muziektheater Transparant’s production The Diary of one who disappeared, (Janáček/Annelies Van Parys) directed by Ivo Van Hove, in an international tour. Klara festival de Bruxelles, Operadagen de Rotterdam, Musiekgebouw d’Amsterdam, Luxembourg Theatre, Lyon Opera, Roma Europa Festival, Brno Janáček Festival, Reggio Emilia, Beijing Music Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Covent Garden London…
In july 2019, the show receives the “best production award” from the Armet Opera Festival in Budapest.

On stage, Marie has recently performed the Servant in Louis Auber’es La Forêt Bleue with La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy (Martin Surot/Victoria Duhamel), Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen with the german festival Opera Classica, Zulma in Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri, Anita in Bernstein’s West Side Story, Gontran in Chabrier’s Une Education Manquée, Second Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

In concerts, she recently sang Alto Solo in Le Roi David by Honegger in the Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle in the Montperreux Festival, Mozart’s Coronation Mass in Evian’s Grange au Lac, Haydn’s Salve Regina and Harmoniemesse with Cantatio Ensemble.

Marie regularly gives recitals with the Hungarian pianist Agnes Lörincz, together they form a dynamic lively duo. Particularly aware of the XXe music, they like to play Poulenc, Ravel, Britten, Ligeti…

Marie also regularly collaborates with Lausanne Opera, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne (Daniel Reuss), Cantatio, Buissonnier, Polhymnia.

She is the co-artistic director or the professional young chamber choir “L’horizon Chimérique”, specialized in A cappella vocal music of XXe and XXIe centuries. (www.lhorizonchimerique.com).

 
 

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