French soprano Faustine de Monès made her operatic debut at the age of 15 at the Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges, originating the lead soprano role in the world premiere of Isabelle Aboulker’s Les Fables enchantées. Recent engagements include her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall, performing Poulenc’s Trois Poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin; the role of Amy March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with the Mannes Opera in NYC, conducted by Maestro Colaneri; a featured soloist appearance with Radio France Musique at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France; and a guest artist performance at the Givenchy show for the opening of New York Fashion Week, directed by Marina Abramović.
She has performed with opera companies in North America, Europe, and Israel. More recently, she was the Sandmännchen in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel, for the Lidal North Young Artist programme at the Oslo Opera house. In England, she sang the title role in Handel’s Semele with the Benslow Music Festival, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Longborough Festival Opera Young Artists on tour (Barefoot Young Artists), Cobweb in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Barbican Theatre, and the role of Burgundy White at the Christie’s world premiere of The Lovely Ladies by Peter Cowdrey. Her performance of the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival, conducted by Christian Curnyn, was praised by The Guardian for its “grace and natural expressivity.”
A Young Artist with Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and a Caramoor Apprentice Artist in 2015, Ms. de Monès has been invited several times to take part in the International Vocal Arts Institute in Canada and Israel, performing Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Le Dialogue des Carmélites in Tel Aviv and Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle in Montréal under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler. She also made her debut on the stage of the Israeli Opera House in 2013 for the IVAI Gala Concert with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.
A frequent recitalist, she has performed at the opening of the Cézanne Exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery (Somerset House, London); the Graham Johnson Concert Series at the Guildhall School of Music; the Tour Vagabonde in Paris; and the Oxford Lieder Festival Masterclasses with Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles. She was featured as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and performed the Exsultate Jubilate solo motet with the Beccles Music Festival in England in 2012.
Ms. de Monès is the recipient of career development grants from the Williamson Foundation for Music and the Meyer Foundation, as well as scholarships from City University of London and patrons Dr. Michael Shipley and Philip Rudge. She also received an Encouragement Award from the Shuyler Foundation for Career Bridges in 2014.
She received her bachelor’s degree with the distinguished first-class Honours distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and her MM and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance at Mannes College of Music in New York, where she was the recipient of the Alice E. Adams Opera Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship awards.
Mrs de Monès is currently based in Europe where she will next be heard in Berlin, Germany as Naiad in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos with the Berlin Opera Group and in England as part of the prestigious Garsington Alvarez Young Artist programme 2017.