Karine Deshayes

French mezzo-soprano

Since her debut at the Opéra de Lyon in 1998, Karine Deshayes has been leading a rich career worldwide as a lyrical singer. Rewarded at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2016, she is considered to be one of the great figures of the French lyrical art.

Karine Deshayes began by learning the violin, which gave her a taste for music and singing. She began her studies at Paris’ Conservatoire with Mireille Alcantara, after obtaining a degree in musicology from the Sorbonne. She followed Régine Crespin’s masterclass and after completing her studies, she joined Lyon National Opera in 1998. She performed many supporting roles there, including Cherubino and then sang her first Rosina. During this period, she also sang her first Elena (La Donna del lago) at the Radio France festival in Montpellier. Since then, she has worked with such conductors as William Christie, Kurt Masur, Bruno Campanella, Roberto Abbado and Philippe Jordan.

In her brilliant career, she also focuses on baroque music, as attests her role as Irene in Handel's Tamerlano at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris) and at the Palau de les Arts (Valencia) in 2004. She regularly gives baroque music recitals (Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau, Lyon National Opera, Opéra royal du château de Versailles), singing Lully and Cavalli.

Six landmark dates in the life of Karine Deshayes:

2006: She made her debut at the New York Metropolitan Opera in the role of Siebel (Faust)
2009-2010: She returned to her two main roles in Rosina and Elena at the Paris Opera
2010: She recorded an album of French and American musicals’ covers: Songs, with the Contraste ensemble.
2010-2011: Played Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart) at the Paris Opera, Charlotte (Werther, Massenet) at the Lyon National Opera and Urbain (Les Huguenots) at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
2012: Carmen by Bizet, at the Paris Opera
2013: Isolier in Rossini’s Count Ory at the New York Metropolitan