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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Virginie Verrez


Virginie Verrez

French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez is a recent graduate of New York's Juilliard School. A winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she joined the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program in the 2015/16 season. She is the winner of the 2016 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition.

Highlights in her 2016-17 season include Stéphano Roméo et Juliette and Enrichetta I Puritani at the Metropolitan Opera and Mercédès Carmen at the Festival d'Aix-en Provence. Concert engagements include Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette and Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Erika in Barber's Vanessa with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and David Zinman and Duruflé’s Requiem with the Netherlands Radio Choir and Ed Spanjaard.

She has also sung Erika Vanessa in Santa Fe, Béatrice Béatrice et Bénédict at the Saito Kinen Festival, Fenena Nabucco at the Passionstheater in Oberammergau, Cherubino Le nozze di Figaro at the Juilliard School and Mércèdes Carmen for Wolf Trap Opera.

The 2017-18 season will see her make major débuts with the Opéra national de Paris as Flora La Traviata, the Glyndebourne Festival as Erika Vanessa, the Dallas Opera as Zerlina Don Giovanni and the Opéra de Lille as Dorabella Cosi fan tutte. Concert appearances this season include Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the Orchestre National de Lyon under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber, Shéhérazade with the Minnesota Orchestra and a Mozart Gala with Le Concert d’Astrée featuring performances in Paris and Bahrain.

Virginie has also given recitals in Lille, at the Dallas Opera, in Paris, Baden bei Wien and in Vienna. As a participant at the Schubert Institute, she has worked with renowned artists such as Roger Vignoles and Robert Holl. She has studied at the International Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt, Germany.

She is a winner of both the 2014 Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and the 2014 Mary Trueman Vocal Competition and was also awarded Le Prix Jeune Espoir and Le Prix Spécial du Jury at the 2014 Festival Nuits Lyriques en Marmandais. She is also the recipient of a Lucrezia Bori Grant and won the Lissner Charitable Fund in the 2013 Opera Index Competition.