SOLENN LAVANANT LINKE

BIOGRAPHY

Mezzo-soprano Solenn’ Lavanant Linke, made her debut at the Zürich Opera in February 2017 as MEDEE under the baton of William Christie, as       CHERUBINO at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Münich in a new production from Christoph Loy and Constantinos Carydis (for the opening of the Season 2017/18 and for the Festspiele in summer 2018) and in Budapest with the    JEREMIAH SYMPHONY by Leonard Bernstein, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies .

This season, she will be singing CHERUBINO in Mainz, participate in a concert at the Lucerne Festival, tour in Switzerland with Ensemble Mondrian, sing Mozart’s GREAT MASS IN C-MINOR in Zürich and the role of DONNA ELVIRA at the Luzerner Theater in a production of Benedikt von Peter.

She spent six seasons 2009-2015 as an ensemble member at the Theater Basel under the direction of Georges Delnon and Dietmar Schwarz when the company was twice nominated “Opera house of the year” by Opernwelt.

In Basel she sang a varied repertoirein productions of Calixto Bieito, Benedikt Von Peter, David Bösch, Arpad Schilling, Elmar Goerden und Armin Petras: CHERUBINO, IDAMANTE, DORABELLA, THE KITCHEN BOY, VARVARA in Katja Kabanova, LA MUSE/NICKLAUS, CHARLOTTE and MARGUERITE. She had a stunning success with standing ovation for her CARMEN, staged by Calixto Bieto, and for her MEDEE, staged by Nicolas Brieger and conducted by Andrea Marcon.

She is also performing on various renowned stages, such as the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2013 as IPPOLITA in Cavalli’s opera Elena, conducted by   Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, at the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele 2011 as      MERIONE in Gluck’s Telemaco, at the Festival d'Ambronay as OTTAVIA in L'Incoronazione di Poppea, as PENELOPE in il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with the new company In the lab in Lausanne. She has sung the role of l'ENFANT in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Lausanne Opera, CYRUS in Handel’s Belshazzar in the Tonhalle Zürich. She has taken part in two productions at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 2017/2018 she performed Poulenc’s LA VOIX  HUMAINE and CYRUS in Bern.

Solenn' started her operatic career in 2007 at the Berne Opera as LA PRIMA TRAOMBA in La Prova D'Orchestra and DOROTHEE in Cendrillon. She returned there in 2010 for the role of SMERALDINE in L'Amour des Trois Oranges. She also performed HERMIA in A Midsummer night's Dream at the Mézières opera house and sung the MEZZO SOLO in the Jeremiah Symphony, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies at the Basler Stadtcasino.

Her first recording is the role of DIDO in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas for the   label Ambronay, conducted by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon. This recording got nominated at the Midem Classical Awards 2011. Her second recording named Music for the Prix de Rome with music by Camille Saint-Saens and conducted by Hervé Niquet for the label Glossa.

Solenn' studied arts at the Beaux-arts in Paris before her singing talent was discovered by Xavier Le Maréchal. She holds the diploma from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, where she studied in the class of Gary     Magby, her teacher up to now. During her studies, Solenn' was a scholarship holder of the Fondation Colette Masetti  and the Migros Kulturprozent.

Immediately after the end of her studies in 2009, Solenn' became a member of the OperAvenir opera studio at the Theater Basel.