B I O G R A P H Y
Among the most appealing singers of her generation, soprano Bénédicte Tauran is hailed by the press as a 'radiant',
'delicious' artist,' of an `irresistible sincerity ‘( Resmusica ), ‘admirable actress' with a ‘simply gorgeous voice’ ( Forum
Bénédicte Tauran returns in 2018 to the Theater Royal of Versailles in the production of Purcell's King Arthur staged
by Gilles and Corinne Benizio alias Shirley and Dino under the baton of Hervé Niquet . The Opera of Fribourg (CH)
invites the artist to sing Pamina at the end of the year. It will follow a series of concerts throughout Switzerland with
works such as the "Markus Passion" and the cantata BWV 1083 "Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden" by J.S BACH, works
of contemporary creation at the Chur festival under the baton of Facundo Agudin, "Salve Regina" and "Harmonie
Mass" by Haydn in Geneva under the direction of John Duxbury.
She will perform this summer at the Beaune Festival in Isis de Lully under the direction of Christophe Rousset
( Talens lyriques ).
Opera highlights in Bénédicte’s 2017/18 season include her first Cinna ( Lucio Silla ) at the Kassel Staatstheater and
her first Mélisande at the Miskolc Festival (Hungary).In concert Bénédicte has appeared as a guest at 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.
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 ( Barbiere di
Siviglia ), 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 ( Stage director :
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 Théâtre de Genève
( Stage director : 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 ), Biancofiore 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
Bénédicte Tauran began singing in Limoges in Daniel Delarue's class. She studied early music at the Schola
Cantorum in Basel and obtained her singing diplomas at the Conservatoire de Neuchâtel, class of Jeanne Roth. !
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 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 , Vier lezte lieder R.Strauss at Tonhalle of Zürich, 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.