Delphine Gillot soprano
The remarkable young French soprano, Delphine Gillot, stands on the verge of a major international career. Reviewing her performance in the role of the tragic heroine of Poulenc's La Voix Humaine, Forum Opera announced:
At a time when lyric music seems to get in the way of productions, many have turned away from opera houses because they feel that Domingo, Callas, Pavarotti and Strehler are irreplaceable. Those who think in such a way are evidently wrong, as there always exists a spark of genius hidden in some place. It is just necessary to find it. Those who were at Opera de Lausanne at the end of this Sunday afternoon received stunning proof of this.
Delphine Gillot was born in Lausanne, where she trained at the Conservatoire. She gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama before joining the Opera Course at the Royal Academy of Music.
La Voix Humaine, London '...the excellence of the young soprano Delphine Gillot... In a formidably demanding role... Gillot demonstrated a secure technique and reserves of considerable power, which she used sparingly. Hers was a carefully graded performance, making good use of different dynamic levels from parlando to fulltilt. And her naturalistic acting style combined seriousness with a cool reserve.' -- Oliver Jones, Opera News, March/April 2004
In her first season since leaving the Royal Academy, Delphine Gillot sang at the Glyndebourne Festival and covered the roles of Musetta (La Bohème) and Michaela (Carmen). She also sang the roles of Elettra (Idomeneo) and Illione in Campra's Indomenée with the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing and in Wiesbaden under the baton of Maestro Jean-Claude Malgoire; and made her debut in Italy with the Monteverdi Vespri in Cremona.
In October 2004, Delphine Gillot returned to Opéra de Lausanne to sing the soprano solo in La Voix Humaine to exceptional reviews; in March and April of 2005, she sang the role of Nedda (I Pagliacci) for WNO under the baton of Carlo Rizzi; whilst in June and July, she sang the role of Semire (Les Boreades) at the Opéra National du Rhin under the baton of Emanuelle Haim.
Season 2005/6 engagements included Delia (Il Viaggio a Reims) with l'Opéra de Monte Carlo, Proserpina (Orfeo) and Armida (Rinaldo) with the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing at the Théâtre de Champs-Elysees and Elena (Il Capello di Paglia di Firenze) at the Opéra de Lausanne.
Season 2006/7 engagements include Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Juno (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse) and Polymnie (Les Trois Ages d'Opera) with the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing and Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Théâtre de Champs-Elysees.
Her recordings include Proserpina (Orfeo) in both CD and DVD format on the Dynamic Label, and Elisa (Aminta) for Harmonia Mundi.