First revealed to the public by William Christie in Lully’s Thésée at the Am- bronay European Baroque Academy of 1998, Stéphanie d’Oustrac has become a leading personality in the world of Baroque music. After studying drama at the Conservatoire National Régional in Rennes, she took advanced courses in singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon. She appears with equal success on the concert platform and on the lyric stage, in Baroque and Classical opera and in operetta. Her ardent temperament in any role she plays immediately brought her to the attention of critics and audi- ences alike.
The numerous parts she has tackled naturally include the title role in Bizet’s Carmen (in 2010), but among other highlights of her career have been Ot- tavia in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea; Lully’s Armide; Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Médée; Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas; Ruggiero in Alcina and Sesto in Giulio Cesare (Handel); Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Ida- mante in Idomeneo, and Sesto in La clemenza di Tito (Mozart); Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Isolier in Le Comte Ory (Rossini); the title roles in Offenbach’s La Périchole and La Belle Hélène and Britten’s solo cantata Phaedra; Concepcion in Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole; and Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Stéphanie d’Oustrac has sung under the direction of William Christie, Gabriel Garrido, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Marc Minkowski, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Myung-Whun Chung, Hervé Niquet, Christopher Hogwood, René Jacobs, Alan Curtis, Jesús López Cobos, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Ádám Fischer, and many others.
She has appeared in the most prestigious venues, in- cluding the Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra Comique, and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris; the Ambronay, Aix- en-Provence, Glyndebourne, and Saint-Denis festivals; the opera houses of Lille, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpel- lier, Lyon, Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Rome, and Luxem- bourg; the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, the Barbican Centre in London, and the Bunkamura Hall in Tokyo.
Stéphanie d’Oustrac is one of the key artists of the Am- bronay Éditions label: her Haydn disc Arianna a Naxos was acclaimed by the critics on its release in 2010, and was named ffff in Télérama, Editor’s Choice in Gramo- phone, 5 Diapason, M of Mezzo, and Clé de Resmusica. The following disc, Ferveur & Extase, recorded in 2011 with the ensemble Amarillis, received the Diamant d’Or from Opéra Magazine and 5 Diapason.
studied the piano at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon with Eric Heidsieck (graduating with the DNESM), then with Roger Muraro (postgraduate course), as well as analysis and harmony and counterpoint with Gérard Gastinel and chamber music with Michele Scharapan. He is also a graduate of the Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecilia in Rome. In parallel with these studies, from 1990 to 1997, he received tuition from Éliane Richepin.
A noted chamber musician, he is a member of the Trio Elias and Trio Novalis. His passion for the lied and mélodie repertoire is reflected in his artistic partnership with the mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac, with whom he has worked for the past twenty years.
He has won prizes at several international competitions (Trio di Trieste, Musique de Chambre de Lyon, Ragusa-IBLA, Fondation Cziffra) and from Mécénat Société Générale, and has recorded fre- quently for radio and television (France Musique, Radio Suisse Romande, RTBF, Radio Canada, ABC, Mezzo, RAI, RFO, France 2, France 3).
He has appeared in some twenty countries in Europe, Asia, and Australia, in prestigious concert halls in Lyon, Paris, Geneva, Bruges, Florence, Oxford, Rome, Bucharest, Salzburg, Bangkok, Sendai, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Melbourne, and Sydney, and at such festivals as La Roque d’Anthéron, Ambronay, Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence, Musicades, Montpellier-Radio France, and Bangkok Ibicus Concert Series, etc.).
Pascal Jourdan has taught at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Montpellier since 1999.