Catherine Hunold is enjoying an international career debut, gaining recognition at an early age for the power of her voice and her keen and deeply felt musicianship. Jumping in her first Isolde at the Praha State Opera, she is now turning to some of the most demanding roles of the dramatic soprano literature.
A busy 2014/15 season for Catherine Hunold included her house debut at Opera National Paris Bastille as Brünnhilde in “Siegfried ou l’anneau maudit” as well as Ortrud in Wagner’s Lohengrin, the title role in Puccini’s Turandot and Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio in Rennes Opera. Miss Hunold also performed Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Orchestre Symphonique de l’Aube and recorded the Semele cantata by Paul Dukas with the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Hervé Niquet. Future engagements include Wesendonck Lieder with OSB and her return as Ortrud in Saint-Etienne Opera.
Catherine Hunold triumphed in her first Brünnhilde in Wagner’s Die Walküre last season at the Rennes Opera with Willard White as Wotan. She recreated Anahita in Le Mage for the biennale Massenet at Saint-Etienne Opera (CD recording), as well as Floria in Les Barbares by Saint Saens (International Opera Awards), and the title role of Berenice by Magnard at Tours Opera. She also sang Madame Lidoine in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites at Nantes-Angers operas broadcast on French TV staged by Mireille Delunsch.
Highlights of Catherine Hunold’s 2011-12 season include performances of the title role of Francesca da Rimini by Ambroise Thomas at the Metz Opera, the Verdi Requiem with the Het Brabants Orchestra at the Eindhoven Muziekgebouw and Rotterdam De Doelen. Understudying Elektra she sang the 5th Magd at the Montpellier Opera.
Miss Hunold has made numerous concert and recital appearances in Europe. Her concert credits include recital at the Vlaasme Opera with Graham Johnson around Mahler’s Knabenwundenhorn, and most of the major works for the dramatic soprano including Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Trondheim Symfoniorkester led by his music director Eivind Aadland, Verdi Requiem in Paris, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 under Jonathan Schiffman at Avignon and Toulon opera.
Past operatic credits include among others Lady Macbeth from Verdi’s Macbeth in Paris, Bessie with Angelika Kirchschlager in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel at the Theatre de Champs Elysees and the Theater an der Wien, a Blumenmädchen and Kundry understudy in Parsifal under Philippe AUGUIN in Nice Opera, Pepa in Mateo Falcone by Theodore Gouvy in Metz Opera with Jean-Philippe LAFONT, Agnès in La Nonne sanglante by Berlioz under Alain ALTINOGLU.
A Paris born, Catherine Hunold made her first opera steps at the age of 11 at the Opera Comique in L’écume des jours by Anton Denisov. Early recognized by his elders, she works with such distinguished musicians as Mady MESPLE in Paris, Dame Margaret PRICE at the Vlaasme Operastudio and Christa LUDWIG. Prize winner of several international competitions, she was finalist of the famous WAGNER VOICES 2006, the Gold Medal of the Young Soloists International Competition in Luxembourg and the SACEM prize 2002 for her interpretation of songs by Francis Poulenc.