French soprano Elsa Benoit is one of the most captivating young singers in front of the public today. In the 2016-17 season Ms. Benoit joins the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich where she appears in three new productions: singing Inès in Donizetti’s La Favorite, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon and directed by Amélie Niermeyer, Azema in Rossini’s Semiramide, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by David Alden, and the Shepherd Boy in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, conducted by Kirill Petrenko in a production by Romeo Castellucci. She also appears in Munich as Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel conducted by Tomáš Hanus, Oscar in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera conducted by Asher Fisch, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Najade in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, and as Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo and Anna in Verdi’s Nabucco, both conducted by Paolo Carignani. She can also be heard in concert as soloist in Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie conducted by Elias Grandy, with Ensemble Modern in the Cologne Philharmonie, and in recital under the auspices of the Bavarian State Opera.
She took the stage at Stadttheater Klagenfurt in the 2015-16 season in acclaimed performances as Tytania in Britten´s A Midsummer Night´s Dream conducted by Alexander Soddy and Giulietta in Bellini´s I Capuleti e i Montecchi under Giacomo Sagripanti. Audiences in Klagenfurt also heard her as Micaëla in performances of Bizet´s Carmen and Despina in Mozart´s Cosí fan tutte. She had celebrated debuts at Opéra de Lille and in Reims singing the title role in the world premiere of Marta by Austrian composer Wolfgang Mitterer. In summer 2016 she sang the role of Emilie in Rameau’s Les Indes galantes at the Bavarian State Opera in a new production directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and conducted by Ivor Bolton. The production was presented at the Prinzregententheater as part of the Munich Opera Festival.
The 2014-15 season marked Ms. Benoit´s final year in the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, where she sang Comtesse Adéle in Rossini´s Le Comte Ory in a celebrated production at the Cuvilliés Theater. She also took the stage as Euridice in Monteverdi´s L´Orfeo at the Prinzregententheater in Munich in a production presented as part of the Bavarian State Opera Festival and conducted by Christopher Moulds. During her time in the Opera Studio she portrayed Mozart roles such as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Amital in La Betulia Liberata, and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, as well as the title role of Mirandolina by Martinů.
Ms. Benoit studied singing and piano at an early age, and then while studying musicology made her first steps on stage as member of the Opera Choir of Rennes and Angers-Nantes. Subsequently she graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Amsterdam Conservatory. She was then selected to join the Dutch National Opera Academy from 2011-2013, where she received her Master´s Degree in Opera with distinction.
In November 2012, she won three awards at the International Singing Competition Symphonies d’Automne and also won the prize Brane-Cantenac at the International Singing Competition MACM in March 2013. In January 2013, the role of Zsuzska in the new opera Sinking by Georgy Zsojanov was composed for her. She has also performed a number of sacred works such as Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Exultate Jubilate, Poulenc’s Gloria and Bach‘s Magnificat.