French soprano Mireille Delunsch performs a broad repertoire extending from the baroque to the 20th century. She is also a stage director.
Mireille Delunsch's first experience of music was through the piano. She formed a children's choir, did some acting and studied musicology, then joined the Opéra du Rhin chorus. She worked on her voice and entered competitions, winning the Prix de Béziers and the Voix Nouvelles prize. Over the same period, Mireille Delunsch did numerous auditions and started singing minor roles in Strasbourg and Nantes.
Since then, Mireille Delunsch has sung the major roles in the repertoire, in the baroque (La Folie in Platée by Rameau, Armide by Gluck), Mozartian opera (Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni), Italian opera (La traviata by Verdi), German opera (Elsa von Brabant in Lohengin by Wagner) and Russian opera (Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky). She has also sung in first performances of works by Philippe Boesmans and Peter Eötvös, for example.
Mireille Delunsch has worked extensively with Marc Minkowski and his ensemble Les Musiciens du Louvre, and sings in prestigious European concert halls. She performs primarily in France and has taken part in the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence since 1998.
Recently, Mireille Delunsch directed La Voix Humaine and Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc) at the Opéra de Bordeaux.
Six landmark dates in the life of Mireille Delunsch
• 2003: performed La traviata by Verdi (Violetta) at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
• 2005: performed Lohengrin by Wagner (Elsa von Brabant) at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
• 2007: performed Louise by Gustave Charpentier at the Opéra de Paris
• 2008: performed The Turn of the Screw by Britten at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Opéra de Bordeaux
• 2009: performed Don Giovanni by Mozart (Donna Elvira) at the Opéra de Paris
• 2012: performed Les Huguenots by Meyerbeer (Valentine) at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg
Six key recordings by Mireille Delunsch
• 1999: Armide, Gluck, with Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski (Deutsche Grammophon)
• 2004: Orphée et Eurydice, Gluck, with Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski (Archiv Produktion)
• 2005: Le Couronnement de Poppée, Monteverdi, with Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski (DVD Bel Air Classique)
• 2009: La Dame Blanche, Boieldieu, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris conducted by Marc Minkowski (EMI Classics)
• 2010: _Les mélodies _by Henri Duparc, with Vincent Le Texier and François Kerdoncuff (Timpani)
• 2011: Platée, Rameau, with Les Musiciens du Louvre conducted by Marc Minkowski (DVD Arthaus Musik)