© Aymeric Giraudel
© Aymeric Giraudel

Karine Deshayes

– World management except F, B, CH –

Karine Deshayes is one of the most distinguished singers of her generation and appears regularly at the most important international opera houses. Her career began on the major French stages. She is a regular guest at the Paris Opera, where she has achieved great success with Rossini roles (Angelina, Rosina, Elena), but also as Poppea (L’Incoronazione di Poppea), Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Romeo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), in Mozart roles (Cherubino, Dorabella, Donna Elvira), as Charlotte (Werther) and as Carmen. Her bel canto repertoire includes Elisabetta (Maria Stuarda), the title roles of Semiramide and Armida by Rossini, with which she celebrated a triumphal success at the Opéra de Montpellier, and Elvira in I Puritani (Malibran version), which she performed at the Festival Radio France Occitanie in Montpellier. She also sang the title role in Gluck’s Alceste at the Opéra de Lyon and Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) at the Opéra de Nice.


Karine Deshayes is also a sought-after artist outside France.  She sang at the Salzburg Festival (Die Zauberflöte under Riccardo Muti), the Teatro Real Madrid (Adalgisa in Norma), the Liceu in Barcelona (the title role of Massenet’s Cendrillion), Théâtre de la Monnaie (Mère Marie in Les Dialogues des Carmélites), in San Francisco (La Cenerentola) and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (Siébel in Faust, Isolier in Le Comte Ory, Nicklausse/La Muse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann under James Levine and Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette).


Her vast repertoire enables her to perform under the baton of conductors such as Emmanuel Krivine, David Stern, Lorenzo Viotti, Daniele Rustioni, Josep Pons, Kurt Masur, William Christie, Hervé Niquet, Bruno Campanella and Roberto Abbado, as well as doing chamber music concerts with artists such as Philippe Cassard, Renaud Capuçon, Nicholas Angelich, Dominique Plancade, the Ensemble Contraste, the Borodin Quartet, the Ebène Quartet or the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.


In 2016 she won the Victoire de la Musique in the category “Singer of the Year” for the second time in her career.


Projects of season 2020/21 are L’heure espagnole in Monte Carlo, Nozze di Figaro in Toulouse, Donna del Lago in Zurich, L’Africaine in Marseille

March 2021 – For the most recent biography, please contact Florian Schadhauser