Patricia Petibon is a coloratura soprano. Her repertoire extends from the French Baroque of her beginnings to modern music, represented by Francis Poulenc and Alban Berg.
Patricia Petibon is interested in the broad spectrum of art. She began by studying piano, then completed a bachelor's degree in musicology at the Paris conservatoire before going on to study singing there with Rachel Yakar. She graduated with a distinction in 1995. The conductor William Christie, renowned for his work with the Baroque repertoire, was so impressed by Patricia Petibon's talent that he invited her to perform with his ensemble Les Arts Florissants at leading venues in Buenos Aires, London, Milan and Aix-en-Provence.
Patricia Petibon made her debut at the Opéra de Paris in 1996 with Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau. She has since performed there regularly in a wide variety of operas, from Mozart to Offenbach and Donizetti. Patricia Petibon has also sung in Lyon, Nancy, Strasbourg, Geneva, Zurich and Vienna. She is best known for her interpretations of Baroque roles, giving memorable performances of Les Indes Galantes by Rameau, Ariodante by Handel, and Armida by Haydn, among others.
Patricia Petibon is also a recitalist: she has sung at the Salzburg Festival (in 2006 and 2009), Graz and La Rochelle. Her discography reflects the diversity of her repertoire, confirmed in November 2013 by the release of a recording devoted to Francis Poulenc. The release in 2011 of the DVD of Alban Berg's Lulu met enthusiastic acclaim from the press.
Six landmark dates in the life of Patricia Petibon:
• 1995: graduated from the Paris conservatoire with a distinction in singing.
• 1996: debuted at the Opéra de Paris in Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau.
• 1998: won the "Best Young Talent" award at the Victoires de la Musique.
• 2001 and 2003: won the "Best Opera Singer" award at the Victoires de la Musique.
• 2006: role debut as Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.
• 2009: her album Amoureuses won the BBC Music Magazine Award for "Best Opera Album".
Six key recordings by Patricia Petibon:
• 2005: [DVD] French Touch, recital at Salle Gaveau.
• 2008: Amoureuses (Mozart / Haydn / Gluck ), with the Concerto Köln conducted by Daniel Harding (Deutsche Grammophon).
• 2010: Rosso, Italian Baroque Arias, with the Venice Baroque Orchestra conducted by Andrea Marcon (Deutsch Grammophon).
• 2011: Melancolia, Spanish Arias and Songs, with the Orquesta Nacional de Espana conducted by Josep Pons (Deutsche Grammophon).
• 2011: [DVD] Lulu, by Alban Berg, with the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu conducted by Michael Boder (Deutsche Grammophon).
• 2012: Nouveau Monde, Baroque Arias and Songs, with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel conducted by Andrea Marcon (Deutsche Grammophon).