Mélodie Ruvio - Contralto

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Contralto Mélodie Ruvio started playing the recorder when she was six. That same year, she became a member of the Sotto Voce Children’s Choir (conducted by Scott Prouty) and took part in Paris Opera Bastille productions for young audiences. After obtaining her degree in Spanish Language, Letters and Civilisation, she joined the Paris CNR Conservatory, where she studied in the Young Paris Choir programme.

Mélodie first announced herself in the title role of Folie in André-Cardinal Destouches’ Le Carnaval et la Folie, conducted by Hervé Niquet and directed by Jacques Osinski at the Opéra Comique in Paris, a production also taken to the Capitole in Toulouse and Bucharest Opera. She then sang the roles of Paix, Junon and Bellone in Lully’s Le Ballet des Arts with La Simphonie du Marais (c. Hugo Reyne; d. Vincent Tavernier) at the Festival de Sablé in Versailles. She sang Third Soprano in Purcell’s King Arthur with Le Concert Spirituel, again with Niquet, in Montpellier, Metz and Versailles, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the Barbican Centre in London and the Luxembourg Philharmonie.  She also sang Phébée in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux at the Festival de Sablé, Chaise-Dieu and Brême, as well as Disinganno in Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with Alexis Kossenko/Les Ambassadeurs in Warsaw and Poznan. Other roles include Fedra and Venere in Cavalli’s L’Egisto (c. Vincent Dumestre; d. Benjamin Lazar) at the Opéra Comique in Paris, Opéra de Rouen and the Grand Théâtre, Luxembourg, and Cornelia Giulio Cesare (c. Facundo Agudin; d. Bruno Ravella) at Stand de Moutiers in Switzerland.

She sang her first Mozart role as Third Lady The Magic Flute (c. Joel Suhubiette; d.Eric Perez) at the Saint-Céré Festival and Opéra de Massy and went on to study that repertoire in more detail at the Aix-en-Provence Festival Mozart Academy, returning to the role at the Opéra de Vichy.  She also sang the role of Cléone in Gossec’s Thésée conducted by Guy Van Waas at Liège Philharmonie and Versailles Opera, as well as the role of Third Bayadère in Charles-Simon Catel’s Les Bayadères under the baton of Didier Talpain at the Sofia Philharmonie in Bulgaria (a production recorded on CD).

She is equally happy in contemporary work.  Most recently, she sang The Cook in Brice Pausey’s Wonderful Deluxe in Luxembourg and Rotterdam.   She also created the role of Third Rhine Daughter in the world première of Michael Jarrell’s Siegfried, nocturne with the Ensemble Multilatérale at the Geneva Wagner Festival.

She is a regular soloist in oratorio, where her repertoire include Liszt Via Crucis, Handel Messiah and Te Deum, Mozart Requiem and Sicilian Vespers, Elijah, Bach B Minor Mass and both St John and St Matthew Passion, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Vivaldi Gloria and Nisi Dominus, Colin de Blamont Te Deum, and many Bach Cantatas with conductors such as Françoise Lasserre, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Jerome Correas, Marc Minkowski, Facundo Agudin, Michael Radulescu, Sylvain Sartre, Margaux Blanchard, Mathieu Romano, Jean-Michel Hasler, Frederick Haas and Alessandro Mocci.

Future plans include concerts (Monteverdi, Bach) with Les Arts Florissants with Paul Agnew and William Christie.  She also sings Venus and Clorinde in Monteverdi’s Il ballo delle ingrate et Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Jérôme Correas (d. Dan Jemmett) at the Opéra de Reims; she will also appear in Offenbach’s La Périchole with Marc Minkowski at the Salzburg Festival.


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