Having first learnt piano and violin, the young French mezzo-soprano Pauline Sikirdji studied singing at the Paris Conservatoire, graduating in 2008. She also trained in drama at the École du Théâtre National de Chaillot, and got further training in Baroque music at the CRR in Paris with Sophie Boulin, Isabelle Poulenard and Stéphane Fuget.
At the Conservatoire, she sang Orlofsky Die Fledermaus and Hänsel Hänsel und Gretel, then sang in the show “Tristan etc…”, after Tristan und Isolde by Wagner, directed by Mathias Bauer, as well as in Gariné, by Dikran Tchouhadjian, at the Théâtre de l’Odéon in Marseille. She also sang Rosina The Barber of Seville for the Académie Lyrique in Vendôme, in July 2011 and Ino Semele in May 2015 at the CRR in Paris. She had a big success singing l’Enfant L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, at the Opéra de Lyon, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
Passionate about contemporary music, she sang in December 2012 the role of Honoria in the first performance of Galla Placidia, by Antonin Servière, for the ARCAL in Paris, and The Invader by Eric Sweeney in Waterford and Wexford. She was invited in 2014 by Fabrizio Cassol to sing in the Festival des Libertés at the Théâtre National in Brussels; during the Brussels Nuit Blanche in 2015, she sang Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, under the supervision of Joan La Barbara, in a coproduction between ENOA and the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie. Finally, she sang in September 2016 the first performance of a song cycle by flutist Magic Malik in Royaumont.
Pauline’s most récent operatic projects have included Dorabella Cosi fan tutte in Marseille and Second Witch Dido & Æneas (conducted by Christophe Rousset) at the Festival de Beaune. Pauline sang Zora in the European première of Svadba by Ana Sokolovic (staged by Ted Huffmann and Zack Vinokur) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in July 2015. Since then she has sung further performances of the opera for San Francisco Opera and Opéra Angers-Nantes. She sang Et tâchons d’épuiser la mort dans un baiser featuring Debussy’s songs and letters at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, in June 2016.
Future plans include Dj set à l’écoute by Mathieu Bauer (at the CDN in Montreuil, at the Subsistances in Lyon, etc…), then Féminines (for two female voices, actress and piano) in December 2016, on the POP/Péniche Opéra in Paris, well as more performances of Svadba at the Grand Theatre du Luxembourg.
Reviews of Pauline Sikirdji to follow.