Biography

Marie-Pierre Roy

Originating from Dijon (France), Marie-Pierre Roy started her music career with the violin at the Conservatoire of music. She soon joined the singing class at the same institution. After graduating in both disciplines, she joined the singing class of Francisco Araiza, at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart (Germany). In 2009, she graduated in both singing and teaching skills (with violin as a secondary instrument), and started her Master’s degree in Opera at the opera school Stuttgart with Bernhard Gärtner. She obtained her postgraduate qualification in Summer 2014. Always seeking for improvement, she took part in numerous masterclasses led by world-class singers such as Dunja Vejzović, Shirley Close, Natalie Karl, Laura Aikin, Malcolm Walker and Georg Nigl. She completed her training under the supervision of several top-class musicians such as Nicholas Kok, Stefan Schreiber and Thomas Seyboldt.

 

Before launching her career as a soloist, Marie-Pierre Roy acquired a rich experience as a singer and violin player in varied musical ensembles and choirs, such as the Choeur National des Jeunes, cantus de Tempore, Stimmkunst Ensemble, Les traversées Baroques, Württembergischer Kammerchor, l'Opéra de Dijon, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Theater Pforzheim... The entire repertoire reached both a cappella, chamber and orchestra music.

 

Since 2014, Marie-Pierre Roy finds her way as a soloist singer, while taking advantage of her rich educational and experience background to perform in a large musical repertoire. Some of Marie-Pierre's highlights in concertante music are Bach's St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat, Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, Mozart's Requiem, and Mendelssohn's Elias. She also stands out in contemporary creations such as the 1st german production of Hin-Nun by Younghi Pagh, die Tränen der Eos by Volker Ignaz Schmidt, and during the Wardian Case performance at the contemporary festival Eclat in Stuttgart (Germany). Ancient music is also part of her soloist repertoire, with her participation in Haendel's Susanna, as well as in the audio CD “Warum toben die Heiden” by Homilius (Carus Verlag, Feb. 2014).

 

Marie-Pierre Roy's favourite area of expertise remains the opera. Already during her studies, she performed as “Marzelline” (extracts from Fidelio), “Nanetta” (Fastaff) and Rosina (extracts from Il Barbiere di Siviglia), as well as a scenic version of the Messages De Feu Demoiselle R.V. Troussova by György Kurtág. In March 2014, the young soprano made her debut at the Chemnitz Opera as “Eve” in Paradise reloaded (Lilith) by Peter Eötvös. She then performed the soprano part in Into the little Hill by Georges Benjamin at the opera of Stuttgart. She started her 2015/2016 season with a remarkable interpretation of the Queen of the Night at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Italy), under the direction of Gabriele Ferró.

 

Marie-Pierre Roy has already worked with world-class music directors such as John Axelrod, Valérie Fayet, Markus Huber, Kay Johannsen, Dieter Kurz and Markus Stenz; and theatre directors such as Bernd Schmitt, Helen Malkowsky, Jenke Nordalm, and Roberto Andó. She regularly performs at the operas of Chemnitz, Rijeka, Naples, Stuttgart and Palermo, as well as in famous concert venues such as the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Naples Cathedral and soon the Strasbourg Cathedral (France).

In November 2015, she was a finalist of the Symphonies d’Automne de Mâcon, where she successfully won both the Audience and the Art Song Prizes.