Nathalie Stutzmann, with her rare contralto voice, is one of those accomplished artists. Playing the piano and bassoon, singin, directing orchestras and teaching, she is all in one. She was supported very quickly by Jorma Panula and Seiji Ozawa, cultivating an international career and defending not only the baroque repertoire but also German romanticism, French melodies and lied.
Nathalie Stutzmann first studied with her baritone father and her soprano mother, thus beginning at a very early age surrounded by musicians. She started with piano and bassoon and then sang - again thanks to her mother, Christiane Stutzmann. After graduating at the Nancy Conservatory in 1983, Nathalie attended Michel Sénéchal’s class at the Paris Opera. She was only 18 when she was called at the last minute to replace Jessye Norman during a private concert, accompanied by Yuri Bashmet.
From 1983 to 1987, she took part in Hans Otter’s master classes. She also studied under Christa Ludwig and Daniel Ferro at the Juilliard School of New York.
Stutzmann performed many composers' works, both at the opera and in recitals, without covering only one particular genre, among them: Handel, Brahms, Mozart, Shostakovich, Poulenc, Mahler, Bach, Schubert, Laurent Petitgirard, Chausson and Vivaldi.
Nathalie Stutzmann has also proved to be a renowned orchestral conductor, placing her talent in the service of music. In 2009, she founded her own chamber orchestra, Orfeo 55, which she directed in France but also in the Netherlands, in Switzerland, in Spain, as well as during many festivals (Verbier, Ambronay, St Riquier, Sisteron, Auvers-sur-Oise and Sablé-sur-Sarthe).
Nathalie has been devoting some of her time to teaching all around the world, including at the Haute école de musique de Genève.
Six landmark dates in the life of Nathalie Stutzmann
1982: Was awarded a chamber music and piano prize at the Nancy Conservatory
1986: Leading role at the Opéra Garnier in Purcell’s Dido and Æneas
2009: Founded her own chamber orchestra Orfeo 55, in residence at the Arsenal Concert Hall in Metz
2011: First album dedicated to the greatest Vivaldi contraltos: “Prima Donna”, under Deutsche Grammophon
2012: Was appointed Chevalier in the National Order of Merit by Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti
2014: Conducted L'Elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) by Gaetano Donizetti at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo for the first time
Biography from Radio France’s document database, November 2013