Chantal Santon Jeffery is acclaimed as one of the most accomplished French sopranos of the moment. As comfortable in the miniature of a consort song than in the lyric romantic repertoire, she has embodied numerous roles in the opera, from Mozart (Donna Anna, Elvira, Fiordiligi, the Countess, Sandrina…) to the contemporary repertoire (an unanimous press praised her Lolo Ferrari in the opera of the same name) including Britten (Governess in The turn of the Screw in Lille Opera), Campra (Tancrède), Gassman (Opera Seria) or Purcell (King Arthur, Dido and Aeneas), Bizet (Frasquita in Carmen in Théâtre des Champs Elysées) Hervé (Mélusine in Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde), Boismortier (Altisidore in Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse), Rameau (la Gloire in le Temple de la Gloire in Berkeley)…. She has been invited to sing along prestigious orchestras as Le Concert Spirituel, Les Talens Lyriques, l’Orchestre National de France, I Barocchisti, Les Ambassadeurs, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, Les Siècles, Opera Fuoco, the Brussels Philharmonic, Pygmalion, the Hong Kong Philharmonic… She has recently performed in prestigious halls in Europe (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Cité de la Musique, la Fenice, Palais Bozar, Palau de la Musica Catalana, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Bruges, Konzerthaus of Vienna, Rudolfinum in Prague, Versailles, Bordeaux, Rennes, Avignon, Metz, Reims operas…), in America (Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco…) and in Asia (Philharmonia Hong Kong, Yokohama Opera…).
Among her staged projects: Scylla in Scylla et Glaucus by Leclair in San Francisco with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan, La Folie in Platée at the Lincoln Center, New York and in San Francisco, Fortuna in Le Couronnement de Poppée at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Altisidore in Don Quichotte chez la duchesse in Versailles Opera, Dido in Dido and Aeneas in Reims opera… Future concerts include: Iole in Déjanire by Saint-Saëns with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchester, Vénus in Dardanus, Hébé and Sapho in Les Fêtes d’Hébé by Rameau in Budapest and in Amsterdam, the title role of Omphale by Cardonne, Zirphile in Acanthe et Céphise by Rameau in Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Zeliska in Amor Conjugale by Mayr under the baton of David Stern in the Bonn Beethoven Fest and in Bergamo…
Among her many recordings (more than fifty to this day): baroque, classical and romantic French operas and oratorios (often supported by the Fondation Bru Zane for French Romantic Music, and the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles) but also works by Mozart, Martinez, Stradella, Da Gagliano, Purcell, JC Bach…
Soon to be released: Maître Peronilla by Offenchach (role of Alvarez) with the Orchestre national de France conducted by Markus Poschner ; Jephté by Montéclair (role of Iphise) with the Orfeo Orchestra under the baton of György Vashegyi.
(photo credits: C. H. Jeffery)