Pauline Sikirdji - Mezzo-Soprano

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Having first learnt piano and violin, 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 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, 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 and Ino Semele at the CRR in Paris.   She also had a critical success singing l’Enfant L’Enfant et les Sortilèges at the Opéra de Lyon, conducted by Martyn Brabbins.

Passionate about contemporary music, she sang 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.  In 2014. she was invited to sing in the Festival des Libertés at the Théâtre National in Brussels by Fabrizio Cassol; during the Brussels Nuit Blanche in 2015, she sang Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, with Joan La Barbara, in a coproduction between ENOA and the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie.  In 2016, she sang the first performance of a song cycle by flautist Magic Malik in Royaumont.

Pauline’s most recent operatic projects have included Dorabella Così fan tutte in Marseille; she also sang in the premiere of Ana Sokolovic’s Svadba at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, directed by Ted Hufman and Zack Winokur, with several other performances across France, in Luxembourg, and her debut at San Francisco Opera.  At Aix, she also sang Et tâchons d’épuiser la mort dans un baiser, directed by Marc Lainé, featuring Debussy’s songs and letters.

Further performances include Second Witch Dido & Aeneas (conducted by Christophe Rousset) at the Festival de Beaune, Dj set à l’écoute by Mathieu Bauer (at the CDN in Montreuil, the Subsistances in Lyon and many other venues), as well as Féminines (for two female voices, actress and piano) at the POP/Péniche Opéra in Paris, Mercedes Carmen for Opéra en plein air, Lise in Maison à Vendre by Dalayrac at the Opéra de Reims, and 2nd Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Opéra de Rennes.

Among her future plans are two world premieres: Les Voix de Nancy – opéra interview, at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy (March 2021), and L’Apocalypse Arabe at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in summer 2021.

Reviews of Pauline Sikirdji to follow.