Mezzo-Soprano Julie Robard-Gendre

ROLES PREPARED AND/OR PERFORMED
Carmen – Title Role
Dido – Dido and Aeneas
Dulcinée – Don Quichotte
Fenena – Nabucco
Gertrude – Hamlet
Giulietta – Les contes d'Hoffmann
Ghita – Der Zwerg
Hänsel – Hänsel und Gretel
Hélène – La belle-Hélène
Komponist – Ariadne auf Naxos
Léonore – La favorite
Olga – Eugene Onegin
Orphée – Orphée et Eurydice
La Périchole – Title Role
Meg Page – Falstaff
Nicklauss/La Muse – Les contes d'Hoffmann
Prince Charmant – Cendrillon
Ramiro – La finta giardiniera
Sesto – La clemenza di Tito
Siebel – Faust
Zweite Dame/Dritte Dame – Die Zauberflöte
ROLES IN PREPARATION
Brangäne – Tristan und Isolde
Charlotte – Werther
Herodias – Salomé
Octavian – Der Rosenkavalier
Persephone – Ariane

French mezzo-soprano Julie Robard-Gendre garnered accolades from public and press alike with her appearances last season as Nefertiti in Akhnaten at Opera de Nice, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito at Opera de Nantes/Angers and at Opera de Rennes, and her role debut as Komponist in Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera de LimogesForumOpera.com‘s Yvan Beuvard reported: “Of particular note in the excellent cast was Julie Robard-Gendre’s Sesto. She brings out the complexity, fragility, doubts and heartbreak, as well as the nobility and generosity of this sensitive soul, blinded by his love for Vitellia. Her dark and rich mezzo, exactly right for the role, is admirably deployed. Sesto’s psychological development is well portrayed, both musically and dramatically. The intensity of emotion, particularly in Act II (“Deh per questo istante solo”) made her Sesto steal the show, as evidenced by the warmth of the audience’s applause for her.”

Other recent and future engagements include Rigoletto with the Cercle de l’Harmonie at the Festival Berlioz in La Côte Saint-André and in Bremen, Falstaff (Meg Page) in Lille, Luxembourg and Caen, La Tragédie de Carmen at the Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and on tour with the ensemble Miroirs étendusCarmen (title role) at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, a French version of Salomé (Hérodias) in Metz, La Mort de Cléopatre in concert at the Angers-Nantes Opera, and Ariane (Perséphone) by Massenet in Munich, which will be recorded under the Palazzetto Bru Zane label.

In recent seasons, Julie appeared as Gertrude in Hamlet in a new production with Opera de Nantes/Angers and Opera de Rennes. At Lausanne Opera she sang the title role in La Belle Hélène, a role she previously performed at Opera de RennesOpera de Vichy and in Avignon, and a new production of Don Quichotte as Dulcinée at Opera de Tours

Additional career highlights include Robard-Gendre’s Paris Opera debut as Dame d’honneur/Bohémienne in Les Huguenots and a reprise of Zweite Dame in Robert Carsen’s production of Die Zauberflöte. She made her debut in the title role of Carmen at Opera de Rennes and was highly acclaimed by critics and public alike as Ghita in Der Zwerg at Opera de LilleOpera de Rennes and Opera de Caen. Of her Lille performance, Stephen J. Mudge wrote in Opera News: “The best singing of the evening on November 18 came from Julie Robard-Gendre as Ghita, principal lady-in-waiting. With sure, penetrating mezzo timbre, Robard-Gendre appealed for the humiliation of the dwarf to stop. Her final confrontation with Vidal’s broken man was the most moving moment of the evening…”

Prior roles for the artist include: Orphée in Orphée et Eurydice at AvignonLiège and Opera de Nantes/Angers, where she also revived the role of Prince Charming in Cendrillon; Olga in Eugene Onegin in Nice, Metz and Reims; Fenena in Nabucco in Toulon and Nice, and a debut at Opéra de Monte Carlo as the Kitchen Boy in Rusalka. She also enjoyed a debut at Festival Aix-en-Provence in the role of Ramiro in La finta giardiniera, which was broadcast live via ARTE.

On the concert stage, Julie has sung the alto solo in Beethoven’s Mass with Insula OrchestraLes nuits d’étéwith Orleans Symphonic OrchestraEl amor brujo with L’Orchestre National de Bretagne and Le Poème de l’amour et de la mer and Il tramonto with L’orchestre Régional de Normandie. In contemporary repertoire, she has collaborated with composers such as Michaël Levinas, who entrusted her with the role of La Huppe in La Conférence des Oiseauxat La Biennale di Venezia, and Les Aragon, which she sang with Ensemble L’Itinéraire and the Philharmonic of Luxembourg. With France’s Arcal Lyrique, she participated in the creation of Ni l’un ni l’autre with the composer and inaugurated the role of Maria Smith in Régis Campo’s Les Quatres Jumelles.