French mezzo Julie Robard-Gendre begins the 2020/21 season at Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liege, in the title role La Belle Hélène, a role she previously sang with great success last season in Rennes, Vichy, Avignon and Lausanne. She remains in Leige to sing the role of Nicklausse Les Contes d’Hoffmann in 2021.
Highlights from last season include the role of Gertrude Hamlet in a new production by Franck Van Laecke, playing at Opera de Nantes/Angers and Opera de Rennes. In a varied concert schedule, the artist sang the alto soloist in Beethoven’s Mass with Insula Orchestra, and Les nuits d’été with Orleans Symphonic Orchestra.
“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
|Bruneau||L’attaque du moulin (Marcelline)|
|Donizetti||La Favorite (Leonore)|
|Gluck||Orpée et Eurydice (Orphée)|
|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)|
|Verdi||Falstaff (Meg Page)
|Zemlinsky||Der Zwerg (Ghita)|