Brigitte Balleys

Brigitte Balleys

mezzo-soprano



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Brigitte Balleys, born in Valais, won the Benson & Hedges Competition in London as the best interpreter of Lieder. She made her debut at the Vienne State Opera in 1987 under the direction of Erich Leinsdorf in the role of Cherubino, which she then performed in Zurich under Nicolaus Harnancourt and in Liège, among others. She sang the role of Fierrabras at the Vienna Festival under Claudio Abbado.

Brigitte Balleys performed the role of Ottavia (L’ Incoronazione di Poppea) at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston (USA), where she was compared to Callas in the role of Médée (Washington Post). She sang Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) in Germany, Switzerland and France. In 1991 she performed Frank Martin’s Le Cornet under the direction of Jesus Lopez Cobos in Lausanne and Strasbourg ; her recording of this work with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne was awarded the Prix ‘Choc de la Musique’. She debuted at the Salzburg Festival in Mozart’s Requiem under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

Her encounter with Vladimir Ashkenazy in Berlin in 1991 led to a long series of collaborations : César Franck’s Les Béatitudes, Max Reger’s An die Freude, Mahler’s Third Symphony, Scriabin’s First Symphony, and Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder as well as the Altenberglieder.

She has recorded Judith, La Danse des Morts, and songs by Honnegger.