Projects of French mezzo-soprano in 2018-19 include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Mainz State Theatre, and her debut in the part of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Luzerner Theater in a new production by Benedikt von Peter. In Zurich she will sing Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor.
After her debut at the Zürich opera in the title role of Charpentier’s Médée in February 2017, Solenn’ Lavanant Linke also debuted with great success as Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the opening premiere of the 2017-18 season directed by Christoph Loy and conducted by Constantinos Carydis. In 2018 she returned to Munich Opera Festival in the same production. She sang Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony under Dennis Russell Davies in Budapest, concerts at the prestigious Lucerne Festival, and went on tour through Switzerland with the Ensemble Mondrian performing chamber music.
Solenn’ Lavanant Linke was an ensemble member of the Theater Basel from 2009 to 2015; during this time, she was able to build up a wide-ranging repertoire with roles such as Cherubino, Idamante in Idomeneo, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Kitchen Boy in Jenufa, Varvara in Katia Kabanova, Charlotte in Werther, Marguérite in Faust and Muse/Niklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. She had a particularly remarkable successes in in the title role of Carmen in a production by Calixto Bieito and in the title role of Médée conducted by Andrea Marcon.
In Basel she worked under directors such as Calixto Bieito, David Bösch, Benedikt von Peter, Arpad Schilling, Elmar Goerden and Armin Petras.
Guest appearances led the singer to the following venues: the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 2013 as Ippolita in Cavalli’s Elena conducted by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, the Schwetzingen SWR Festival in 2011 as Merione in Telemaco, the Tonhalle Zürich as Cyrus in Händel’s Belshazzar, the Opéra de Lausanne as l’Enfant in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Penelope in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, at the Grand Théâtre de Genève with several roles and the Festival d’Ambronay as Ottavia in L’Incoronazione di Poppea.
In addition, she recently performed in Poulenc’s La voix Humaine and as Cyrus at the Zurich Tonhalle.
The young mezzosoprano gave her operatic debut at the Theater Bern in 2007 with the roles La prima tromba in La Prova D’Orchestra and as Dorothée in Cendrillon. She returned to Bern as Smeraldine in L’Amour des trois oranges in 2010. Furthermore, she sang Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Théâtre du Jorat in Mézières and the mezzo solo in Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Symphony Orchestra Basel conducted by Dennis Russell Davies in Basel.
Her first CD recording was as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas conducted by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon. This recording was nominated in 2011for the MIDEM CLASSICAL AWARDS. Moreover, she took part in the CD production Camille Saint-Saëns: Music for the Prix de Rome under Hervé Niquet.
Solenn’ Lavanant Linke first studied art at the Art Academy in Paris until finding her voice with Xavier Le Maréchal. She received her performance diploma from the Haute école de musique in Lausanne in the masterclass of her teacher Gary Magby. During her studies, she was prize winner of the Foundation Colette Mosetti and soloist of the Migros Cultural Percentage. After successfully concluding her studies, she was employed by the Opera Studio of the Theater Basel in 2009, from which she was then taken over in the soloist ensemble.
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