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VIRGINIE VERREZ

{Mezzo-Soprano}

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Verrez is now a member of the Met’s Lindemann Program.
Dress by Zara, sweater and belt by Anthropologie
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VIRGINIE VERREZ  joins the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program this fall after completing her studies at the Juilliard School. Offstage, Verrez is cool, calm and un-theatrical — the type of singer who spends her free moments during a photo shoot quietly reading a book. Onstage, she is fiery and intense, as witness her attention-getting, full-throttle turn in February 2015 as Clytemnestre in Iphigénie en Aulide for the Met+Juilliard program. Verrez whipped into “Jupiter, lance la foudre” — the Mycenaean queen’s cry to the gods for vengeance — with heaven-stirring gusto. A few months later, Verrez was named a winner at the Met’s National Council Grand Finals Concert, impressing the judges with her elegant performances of “Deh, per questo istante solo,” from La Clemenza di Tito, and “Must the winter come so soon?” from Vanessa.

During her student years at Juilliard, Verrez appeared in several public master classes; a YouTube video of a 2013 session in which she works with Joyce DiDonato on “Oh! La pitoyable aventure!” from L’Heure Espagnole is impressive for Verrez’s growing command of color, dynamics and mood. She is also a fine recitalist whose competition victories include the Mary Trueman Vocal Competition of the Art Song Preservation Society of New York. But opera seems a natural fit for an artist of Verrez’s bold temperament. This past summer, the twenty-six-year-old native of Brive-La-Gaillarde, France, sang Fenena in Nabucco at the Passionstheater in Oberammergau, Germany, and Berlioz’s Béatrice for the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. Her future engagements include her debut at Dallas Opera and Erika in Santa Fe Opera’s first production of Vanessa in summer 2016.

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