Biography

Lucie ROCHE, mezzo contralto

Originally from Marseille, Lucie Roche studied singing at the city’s Conservatory before attending the CNIPAL (former postgraduate opera training centre).

Soon after, she started a career singing such French roles as Carmen (South Korea), Dulcinée from Don Quichotte, Nicklausse / La Muse from Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Stéphano from Roméo et Juliette (Saint-Etienne), Clarice from Love for Three Oranges (Dijon and Limoges), The Mother, The Chinese Cup and The Dragonfly from L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Aix-en-Provence Festival, Angers and Nantes), Venus from Orphée aux Enfers (Angers and Nantes), Soeur Mathilde and Mère Jeanne from Dialogues des Carmélites (Bologna, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Marseille), Madame Prune from Madame Chrysanthème (Marseille). She took part in the re-creation of Les Amants Magnifiques by Molière / Lully on tour with the Concert Spirituel.

In the German repertoire, she sang Waltraute and Grimgerde from Die Walküre (Geneva, Marseille), Dryade from Ariadne auf Naxos (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra National de Lorraine), a Flower-Maid from Parsifal (Nice), Die Erste Magd from Elektra (Marseille), Die Dritte Dame from Die Zauberflöte (Toulon and Marseille), Klementia from Sancta Susanna by Hindemith (Forbidden Music Festival).

She was also heard as Olga from Evgeny Onegin (Rennes), Madame Flora from The Medium (Sédières Festival), Alisa from Lucia di Lammermoor and Marie from Moïse et Pharaon (Marseille) and took part in the scenic re-creation of L’Oristeo by Cavalli with the Concerto Soave.

In the contemporary field, she sang The Mother for the world-premiere of The Monster in the Maze by Jonathan Dove at the Aix-en-Provence Festival conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and Miss Victoria for the creation of Colomba by Jean-Claude Petit in Marseille conducted by Claire Gibault.

Concert-wise, she regularly sings the Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler, L’Amour Sorcier by De Falla, Elijah by Mendelssohn, the Missa Solemnis by Beethoven, the Requiem by Duruflé, the Little Solemn Mass and the Stabat Mater by Rossini, the Requiem and the Coronation Mass by Mozart, the Gloria and Dixit Dominus by Vivaldi, the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, the Messiah and the Dixit Dominus by Haendel, The Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn…

This season she sings the world-premiere of Évariste Galois – a new piece by Fabien Barcelo with the Avignon Orchestra, La Vierge by Massenet in concert with the Saint-Étienne Opera, a Rossini program with the Liger Quartet in Nantes and Angers, Waltraute from Die Walküre in Marseille. She makes her debut as Geneviève from Pélleas et Mélisande in Neuchâtel and records a selection of Lieder by Brahms with the ensemble l’Armée des Romantiques.