Julie Robard-Gendre


French mezzo Julie Robard-Gendre begins the 2019/2020 season as Gertrude Hamlet in a new production by Franck Van Laecke, playing at Opera de Nantes/Angers and Opera de Rennes. In Switzerland at Lausanne Opera she takes on the title role La Belle Hélène, a role she previously sang at Opera of Rennes, Opera de Vichy and in Avignon, and she returns to France for performances at Opera de Tours of Don Quichotte as Dulcinée. She appears as Meg Page Falstaff in a new staging by Denis Podalydès at Opera de Lille.

“In a few sentences, in her wide and dark mezzo voice and her physical elegance, Julie Robard-Gendre sets up a Fenena full of tragic nobility already ready for sacrifice.”

Classiquenews, Benito Pelegrin, June 2018

The role of Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, designed for a great French mezzo, is sung by the mezzo Julie Robard-Gendre, applauded several times on this stage: She realistically portrays this character as a mother in love with her son, with a voice of great density in the middle register, rain the low tessiture, but also striking in the high passages,which gives its full impact to the confrontation scene with Hamlet.

Opera Online, Emmanuel Andrieu, October 2019

Bizet Carmen (title/Mercedes)
Bruneau L’attaque du moulin (Marcelline)
Donizetti La Favorite (Leonore)
Dvorak Rusalka (Kuchtik)
Gluck Orpée et Eurydice (Orphée)
Gounod Faust (Siebel)
Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel (Hänsel)
Massenet Cendrillon (Prince Charming)

Don Quichotte (Dulcinée)

Mozart Die Zauberflöte (Zweite Dame/Dritte Dame)

La finta Giardiniera (Ramiro)

Offenbach La Belle-Hélène (title)

La Périchole (title)

La princesse de Trébizonde (Prince Raphaël)

Les contes d’Hoffmann (Giulietta/Nicklauss/La muse)

Purcell Dido and Aeneas (title)
Rossini La Cenerentola (Tisbe)
Sauguet Les caprices de Marianne (Hermia)
Tchaikovsky Eugene Oneguin (Olga)
Thomas Hamlet (Gertrude)
Verdi Falstaff (Meg Page)

Nabucco (Fenena)

Zemlinsky Der Zwerg (Ghita)
Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Mass in C

Ninth Symphony

Berlioz Les Nuits d’été
Chausson Poème de l’amour et de la mer
De Falla El amor Brujo
Duruflé Requiem
Respighi Il tramonto