Béatrice Uria-Monzon

French mezzo-soprano (Agen 1963 - )

Béatrice Uria-Monzon is considered as a modern incarnation of Carmen. She has confirmed her talent in the interpretation of many other major lyrical roles.

Béatrice Uria-Monzon first attended the Bordeaux Conservatoire, then joined the Centre National d’Artistes Lyriques (CNIPAL) in Marseille, and finally trained at the École d’Art Lyrique from the Paris National Opera. Her career began in 1987. Two years later, she performed at the Opera National de Lorraine in Nancy interpreting Mozart's Cherubino. But her major role was undoubtedly Bizet’s Carmen, that she first performed in 1993, in Paris, and which marked the audience by its originality. During the next decade, she went on and performed this same role in the most prestigious venues: the Miami Opera, the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Orange Summer Festival, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Houston Grand Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, la Fenice, in Palermo… She tackled some of the great roles of repertoire such as Delilah (Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saëns) in Zurich, Beatrice (Beatrice and Benedick by Berlioz) in Nancy, Tours and Bordeaux, Giulietta (The Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach), at the Chorégies d’Orange, in Milan, Madrid and Paris - as well as in Massenet’s roles: Hérodiade, Dulcinée (Don Quichotte) and Charlotte (Werther).

Béatrice also explored the Italian repertoire: La Favorita by Donizetti and Don Carlo by Verdi in Houston, Berlin and Vienna, Aida by Verdi in Marseille and Tosca by Puccini in Avignon and Paris. As for the German repertoire, she performed as Venus (Tannhäuser by Wagner) in Barcelona, and sang in the Parisian production of Der Zwerg by Zemlinsky. Throughout her career, she has met conductors such as Georges Prêtre, Kent Nagano, Myung Wung Chung, Seiji Ozawa, Marek Janowski as well as renowned stage directors: Robert Carsen, Nicolas Joel, Harry Kupfer, José Luis Gómez.

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6 landmark dates in the life of Béatrice Uria-Monzon:

1983: Joined the Bordeaux Conservatory

1987: Debuted her professional career 

1993: Bizet’s Carmen premiered at the Opéra Bastille

1995: The Damnation of Faust at the Opéra Bastille

1998: Carmen at the Chorégies d’Orange

2012: Premiere of Tosca in Avignon

Biography from Radio France’s document database