Tamara Bounazou, young French-Algerian soprano, began studying singing at age 5 at the Conservatory of Montbéliard, her hometown, where she made her stage debut at age 17 in the role of Colette in Le Mariage d’Antonio by Grétry. She graduated then from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and from the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna in 2019.
In her studies, the stage becomes her privileged place of expression; this is how, very young, the roles follow one another for this artist. Belinda, then Dido in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, as well as Tytania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Britten, staged by Dominique Pitoiset, with the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon. She continues her work of interpretation through her roles embodied in Vienna at the Schloßteater in Schönbrunn, including Gretel in Hänsel and Gretel by Humperdinck, Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, directed by Christoph Meier and staged by Kateryna Sokolova, as well as Carolina in Il matrimonio Segreto by Cimarosa by the same team. Tamara was selected in 2019 to participate in the Young Singers’ Project of the prestigious Salzburg Festival where she performed the Premiere Suivante de Dircé in Medée by Cherubini directed by Thomas Hengelbrock, in a staging by Simon Stone.
In 2020, the young soprano made her debut in a leading role on an international stage: Susanna in an unprecedented production of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, staged by Gilles Rico and under the direction of Ińaki Encina Oyón. Season 2021/2022 marked her debut at the Opéra de Paris, Palais Garnier, in the roles of L’Amour and Clarine in Platée by Rameau under the direction of Marc Minkowski, in the staging of Laurent Pelly. Tamara was back a year after on the other stage of Opéra de Paris, Bastille, where she performed the role of Papagena in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Antonello Manacorda.
Winner of numerous competitions, Tamara Bounazou won the CFPL Prize for Best Hope in 2018 at the Marseille International Singing Competition. The following year, she won the Operetta Prize at the Theater an der Wien as part of the Otto Edelmann Competition. She also created the Duo Moine ou Voyou with the young pianist Anna Giorgi. These two artists won the First Prize at the 2019 edition of the Concours International de Musique de Chambre de Lyon, but also the ADAMI Prize, the SACEM Prize, the Bullukian Foundation Prize and the Grandes Ecoles Prize.
This season, Tamara will perform as Eurydice in Orphée aux Enfers by Offenbach, at the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, directed by Marc Minkowski. The young soprano will be Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress by Stravinsky under the baton of Barbara Hannigan with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra on an international tour.
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