Among the most appealing singers of the young generation, soprano Bénédicte Tauran is hailed by the press as an 'radiant', 'delicious' artist,' of an irresistible sincerity '(Resmusica), ‘admirable actress' with a ‘simply gorgeous voice’ (Forum Opera).
Opera highlights in Bénédicte’s 2017/18 season include her first Cinna « Lucio Silla » for the Staatstheater Kassel and her first Mélisande in Bartók Festival Miskolc (Hungary). In concert Bénédicte will join in November Genève’s Opéra des Nations for a concert dedicated to Mozart conducted by Stefan MacLeod and at Versailles Théâtre Royal in « Alceste » Lully under Christophe Rousset.
Bénédicte Tauran began her music education with voice training and Early Music studies at the Music Academy of her home town Limoges (France). She then pursued specialised instrumental studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland followed by voice studies at the Music Academy in Neuchâtel.
Bénédicte Tauran has won numerous prizes in competitions such as the prestigious Salzburg Mozart Competition (2006) and the first Viotti Competition in Lausanne (2008). She began her career in Praha performing Phébé (Castor et Pollux) in the State Theater. She went on to appear on stages of Europe including Genève,Theater an der Wien, Lausanne, Bordeaux…
In 2015/2016 , Bénédicte was invited in Kassel to perform a lots of role debuts such as Gilda (Rigoletto) , Konstanze (Entführung aux dem Serail) , Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) ,Rosina (Barbier de Séville), soprano 2 (Un Re in Ascolto) Berio , Pamina (Die Zauberflöte). She took part in the Théâtre Royal of Versailles for the revival of Corinne and Gilles Benizio’s « King Arthur » under the baton of Hervé Niquet.
Her engagements 2014 included the title-role in Messager’s Ciboulette at the Opéra de St Etienne (Regie: Michel Fau), her debut at the Opéra National de Bordeaux in La Lettre des Sables (world premiere), Messager’s Fortunio at the Opéra de Rennes, Wanda in La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein at the Grand Théatre de Genève (Regie Laurent Pelly).
In recent years Bénédicte has performed Susanna in le Nozze di Figaro ,she has been highly praised by audience and press for her performance of Armida in Haendel’s Rinaldo under the baton of Diego Fasolis as well as Clairette in Lecocq’s La fille de madame Angot ,all of these productions at the Opéra de Lausanne. Amour in Orphée et Eurydice at the Festival Berlioz, Urgande in Lully’s Amadis at the Festival de Beaune and at the Opéra Royal de Versailles (Dir. Christophe Rousset), Garsenda in Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini (incl. Naxos CD release) at the Theater Freiburg, a.o. Queen Elizabeth in the world premiere of Richard III by Battistelli at the Opéra de Genève (Prod. Robert Carsen), Tisbe in Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe at the Potsdam Festival, Albina in la Donna del Lago at the Theater an der Wien (Leo Hussain/Christof Loy), Léna in Saint-Saens’s rarity la Princesse Jaune at the Opéra de Rennes.
She has worked with conductors such as Nello Santi, Alberto Zedda, Bertrand de Billy, Paolo Arrivabeni, Stefan Soltesz, Christophe Rousset, Zoltan Pesko, Hervé Niquet, Laurence Equilbey,Diego Fasolis, Michel Corboz, Christophe Coin, Anthony Hermus, Leo Hussain, Marek Janowski, Patrick Lange, Nicolas Chalvin, Benjamin Lévy, Guy van Waas, John Duxbury, Facundo Agudin, and stage directors such as Robert Carsen, Achim Freyer, Daniel Mesguich, Gian Carlo del Monaco, Christof Loy, Damiano Micchieletto and Anémone.
Bénédicte Tauran is also very active as a concert performer and recital singer in
Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, France and South America. She was recently heard in Mozarts Great Mass in c.minor under Laurence Equilbey , Alceste Lully at festival de Beaune under Christophe Rousset , Vier lezte lieder R.Strauss at Tonhalle of Zürich, la 9th symphonie of Beethoven under Neeme Jaarvi at Genève. She has given recitals at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (pianist Todd Camburn), at Radio-France in Paris (pianist Guillaume Coppola) and at the Avignon Opera.