Annick Massis

French soprano (1958)

Annick Massis is an internationally renowned soprano, known one of the most beautiful French voices. Her repertoire, which includes over seventy roles, has been covering a whole range of French music, from Rameau to Poulenc.

Annick Massis made her debut on stage in the 1990s performing in operas by Mozart as well as playing the role of Leila in Bizet's The Pearl Fishers. After performing on many prestigious stages of Europe, she has been enjoying the most distinguished Italian career for a French singer, performing at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, at the Teatro Malibran and the Teatro de la Fenice in Venice, at the Teatro Comunale in Florence, at the Teatro Regio in Turin as well as in Trieste, Naples, Rome and Cagliari.

Annick Massis has also performed French music across the globe and her many romantic performances have been considered amongst the finest of their kind. She has worked together with personalities such as William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Christoph Eschenbach, George Prêtre, Ottavio Dantone, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Eve Queler, Marcello Viotti, James Levine, Simon Rattle…

In addition to her intense operatic career, Massis has been dedicated herself to the French mélodie and the German Lied repertoires with a focus on Fauré, Poulenc, Viardot, Ravel, Debussy, Berlioz and Strauss. She has broadened her repertoire with around twenty sacred works and oratorios, ranging from Stabat Mater by Pergolesi to the late works by Debussy, Poulenc and Ravel.

6 landmark dates in the life of Annick Massis:

1997: Made her international debut at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera as the Countess Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory

2000: Sang at the Opéra Garnier de Paris in Andrei Șerban’s production of “The Amorous Indies” by Rameau, under the direction of William Christie.

2001: Christoph Eschenbach asked her, on short notice, to replace the soprano for the solo parts in Le Martyre de Saint Sébastien by Claude Debussy at the Salle Pleyel.

2002: Performed for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Lucia di Lammermoor.

2004: Awarded the Siola d'oro ("Golden Swallow") in Italy. This prize is usually awarded to opera singers covering the Italian and French romantic repertoire.

2007: Appointed Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.