With Stéphanie d´Oustrac


This program was born from the desire to have Stéphanie d'Oustrac embody, faithful accomplice of Amarillis, two emblematic female figures of the Baroque sensibility : the Virgin Mary and Dido, queen of carthage. In the Baroque era, and Italy, the setting to music of Dido's love for Aeneas, just like that of Mary for her son, makes us discover two beings as vulnerable and overwhelming as each other, that lead us to the heart of human passions.


Diapason 5*****

ResMusica “Take Away”

Muse baroque Muse d’or

Pizzicato (Luxembourg) 4 eighth notes

France Music Favorite

BBC music magazine 5/5 performance and recording

Diamant International Opera

On-top Audio 5/5

Klassik.com 4****


france music { October 2011 } Falling for something

“Stéphanie d’Oustrac embodies all these characters as closely as possible, as always with a sense of the tragic ideal and perfect articulation… She is masterfully accompanied by the Amarillis ensemble, which supports her in every nuance. »

Radio Notre-Dame { October 2011 } Claude Olivier

"It is the beautiful voice of Stéphanie d'Oustrac and the complicity of the excellent ensemble "Amarillis" that takes us through with an accuracy of taste the tasty meanders of this music which links in its background sacred music and profane music. in their innermost beauty. »

Lexnews { November 2011 }

“This very beautiful program touches the deepest emotions of man. The beauty, the sensuality, and love open the heart of man to multiple passions, sometimes inspired and fertile, other times destructive and sterile. Transport outside of oneself, to which ecstasy refers, can lead to the absolute, this recording inspired by the Ensemble Amarillis makes us understand it better. »

music education { November 2011 } Patrice Imbaud

"Stéphanie d´Oustrac […] and his accomplices from the Ensemble Amarillis excel in this exercise, in a perfect symbiosis, vocal and instrumental. Indispensable, to all lovers of baroque music. A singer, full of talent, to be continued… "

Classiquenews.com { 20 October 2011 } Benjamin Ballifh

« Magistrale incarnation. Let us recognize to the instrumentalists who accompany the French diva of sublime Baroque, an accomplice sensitivity at all times. »

BBC music magazine { December 2011 } 5/5 performance and recording

“Mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac responds to the music’s vacillating moods with a gorgeous variety of vocal effects and colours. Directed by recorder player Héloïse Gaillard, ensemble Amarillis responds with equally mercurial temperaments, from sublimely intimate to brazenly flamboyant.”

international opera { February 2012 } Cyril Mazin

“Words take on meaning here, an absolutely remarkable weight, and this well beyond the immediate plasticity of singing. Modulations, the inflections, reflect an expressive palette whose accuracy is matched only by its infinite beauty !

[…] It must be said that with the constant support of the Amarillis ensemble, the mezzo makes sure to be enveloped in the most refined way possible. From the introductory Canzon, the sound cohesion of the musicians is persuasive. The instrumental setting demonstrates a subtle and precious balance, oscillating between intimism and eloquence.

It would therefore be unfair not to pay a strong tribute to all the desks of Amarillis. Et, more specificly, flautist Héloïse Gaillard and harpsichordist Violaine Cochard, whose zealous involvement contributes to the full success of this splendid recording. »

Seville Newspaper { 07 July 2012 } Spanish press

« Stéphanie d'Oustrac is one of the most successful French voices of the last generations in the ancient repertoire. Beautiful timbre and noble expressiveness are his weapons. Here he offers a recital that is based on the laments, a whole genre of Baroque.
Cavalli's Didos, Scarlatti and Purcell thus join Monteverdi's Ariadne (in its sacred version: Madonna) and a cantata by Faggioli, with various instrumental pieces of mortar, to wander fervently through the musical rhetoric and emotion of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Amarillis set accompanies balanced and firm. »

Gramophone { February 2012 } Lindsay Kemp

“Stéphanie d’Oustrac is likewise alert to the need for decorum here, and elsewhere demonstrates arresting dramatic personality and intelligence with text to go with a mezzo voice with flexibility, lyrical composure and fragility enough to prevent her from sounding like an identikit raving lady.
This sensitively designed programme also uses well-chosen instrumental items by Marini, Falconieri and Scarlatti to lead from one vocal piece to another or to initiate or conclude a section. They are all performed with gusto by Amarillis, a group who clearly enjoy taking trouble over such programmes as this.”

Music education { May 2012 } Jean-Pierre Robert

“The immense qualities of the Amarillis ensemble : sought-after sounds and great instrumental technicality. Héloïse Gaillard’s flute is, to her only, another subject of delight. »

Klassik.com { 27 February 2012 } Silvia Bier

A universe in a voice“For a program so centered on the dramatic expression of extreme sensations such as pain, despair and ecstasy, we could not have found a better interpreter than the French mezzo. […] We listen fascinated, how she drastically changes the timbre of her voice from one musical phrase to another, how she falls from one feeling into another. […] The themes of the instrumental interludes are carefully chosen and shape the emotions and musical moods that reflect the passions contained in the vocal works.. In this way the instrumental pieces give a contemplative impression. »

Release 2011
Label Ambronay
Distribution Harmonia Mundi


“A group of three young women passionate about early music

Stephanie d'Oustrac, mezzo soprano


Heloïse Gaillard, recorders

Violaine Cochard, harpsichord and positive organ

Alice piérot, violin

Gilone Gaubert-Jacques, violin

Fanny Paccoud, alto

Emmanuel Jacques, cello

Richard Myron, violone

Monica The Hermit, archiluth

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