Soprano colorature,  student of Rachel Yakar at the CNSM in Paris and discovered by William Christie, Today, Patricia Petibon masters a repertoire that ranges from French baroque to modern music., which she discusses with Francis Poulenc and Alban Berg. Since his debut at the Paris Opera in 1996 in Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau, she appeared in a wide variety of operas, from Mozart to Offenbach, via Donizetti and Verdi, which she performs on all the major stages of the planet. She performed the major roles of the baroque repertoire such as Ginevra/Ariodante in Geneva and at the Aix-en-Provence festival or Euridice in Orfeo et Euridice at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris. In addition, highlights of recent years include Giunia in Lucio Silla in Vienna under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with whom she worked regularly, then the title role of Lulu de Berg in Geneva, in Barcelona and Salzburg as well as Blanche/Les Dialogues des Carmelites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Alcina by Händel at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and Manon at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 2017 she achieved great success as Mélisande in a new production of Pelléas et Mélisande at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Patricia Petibon cooperates closely with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, la Staatskapelle Berlin, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Les Munich Philharmonic, the MDR Sinfonieorchester, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the National Orchestra of France, the Paris Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Lyon, The Lyric Talens, the Circle of Harmony, The Astrée Concert, the Amarillis Ensemble, The Zither, le Venice Baroque Orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico and the Freiburger Barock Orchestra. She works regularly with chefs like Alain Altinoglu, Giovanni Antonini, Marco Armiliato, Bertrand de Billy, Ivor Bolton, Frédéric Chaslin, Gustavo Gimeno, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Kristjan Järvi, SpongeBob Lake, Louis Langre, Andrea Marcon, Joseph Pons,François-Xavier Roth, Christophe Rousset and Jérémie Rhorer. Spring 2021 marks its remarkable debut in “La Voix Humaine” by Francis Poulenc and in “Point d’Orgue” by Thierry Escaich at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. In addition to numerous recitals with pianist Susan Manoff, Patricia Petibon performs with her new program “Crossing” with La Cetra and Andrea Marcon at the Philharmonie de Paris, au festival de l'Epau, at the Musikfestspiele in Dresden and in Lisbon. With the French baroque ensemble Amarillis, directed by Héloïse Gaillard, she presents the program “Flames of Witches” and performs in Froville, Bordeaux, Ghent and Massy. The season's commitments 2022-2023 include a new production of La Voix Humaine by Francis Poulenc at the Opéra National du Rhin in a production by Katie Mitchell, as well as numerous concerts – notably the Shéhérazade Ravel at the Ravel Festival as well as with the Leon y Castillia Orchestra under the direction of Josep Pons in Valladolid,  and with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Jérémy Rohrer, and Berg’s “Sieben frühe Lieder” with Les Siècles and FX Roth. For the New Year Patricia Petibon reunites with the Orchester National de France together with Cyrille Dubois and Enrique Mazzola to present a bouquet of vocal pages from the king of French operetta, Jacques Offenbach. In June and September 2023 she will again be Mélisande in a concert version of Pelléas et Mélisande with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Iván Fischer in Spoleto, Budapest and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Patricia Petibon devotes herself more and more to young singers. Patricia Petibon created with the flautist and oboist Héloïse Gaillard, artistic director of the Amarillis Ensemble, an Academy, Songs of Ulysses, within the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud and the Théâtre Le Dôme de Saumur, which is aimed at students, singers and musicians, future professionals and emerging artists. In May/June 2023 Patricia Petibon was for the first time a member of the jury of the Queen Elisabeth competition.

2009-BBC Music Magazine Awards: Amoureuses named best opera album.


• Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters.

• Nomination aux Grammy Awards (best opera recording, Lulu, Berg).

• Orphée d'Or for best performer : Patricia Petibon in Lulu by Alban Berg, conducted by Michael Boder-DVD Deutsche Grammophon.

2015-Mado Robin-Orphée Prize of Merit for the recording La Belle Excentric with Susan Manoff- CD Deutsche Grammophon.

2016-In his honour, the asteroid 348383 is named Petibon.

2020-The Music Conservatory, of theater and dance of the city of Montargis bears his name.

2021-Appointed Knight of the Legion of Honor.


Receiving her musical education at the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique with Rachel Yakar and discovered by William Christie, soprano Patricia Petibon has earned a stellar reputation as one of the most versatile interpreters of her fach with a repertoire extending from French Baroque to contemporary music. Ever since her first steps on stage in 1996 with Rameau's Hippolyte and Aricie, she has been on a constant expedition through musical history, covering the literature from Mozart to Offenbach, Donizetti and Verdi, all the way to Poulenc and Berg, always performing on the foremost stages around the world.

The artist remains faithful to the Baroque repertoire, underlining this with performances by Rameau’s Les indes galantes (Phani & Turn it off) with William Christie at the Paris Opéra and Ariodante (Sharing) under the baton of Marc Minkowski, the reopening of the Théâtre du Châtelet with Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice under John Eliot Gardiner, as well as Ariodante (Geneva) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and Alcina (Morgana) and La Scala. The artist received with special acclaim as Giunia (Pike Chair) at the Theater an der Wien, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt with whom she enjoyed a very close collaboration.

Highlights of recent years include her role debut as Lulu in Geneva, at the Salzburg Festival and at the Liceu in Barcelona (also released on DVD at DGG). In addition, Patricia Petibon performed Mitridate on stage in Vienna and Munich. With her role debut as Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), she enjoyed great success at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. Most recently, she was celebrated for her Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro) at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence and her role debut as Gilda in a new production of Rigoletto in Munich. In 2013, she sang Giunia (Pike Chair) in Barcelona and celebrated a great personal triumph as Blanche in a new production of Les Dialogues des Carmélites at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris – as previously in Vienna. Both the world premiere of Philippe Boesman’s Au Monde at La Monnaie in Brussels and the revival at the Opéra Comique in Paris was met with great success.

Patricia Petibon continued with Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, made an acclaimed return to the Vienna State Opera with Massenet’s Manon and the title role of Handel’s Alcina at the Aix-en-Provence festival for which she was highly praised by both audience and the press. Another highlight in her career was a new production of Mozart’s Mitridate at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées where she was on stage as Asteria.

In autumn 2016, she was celebrated in the title-role of Massenet’s Manon in a new production at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and in May 2017 as Mélisande in a new production of Debussy’s Pélleas et Mélisande at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Highlights of the 2017/2018 season included Mozart’s Lucio Silla at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Blanche at Les Dialogues des Carmélites at La Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and Euridice in Orfeo and Euridice at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.

In the season 2018/2019, Patricia Petibon appeared for the first time as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Malmö Opera. Another highlight was the title role of Massenet’s Manon at the Opéra Comique in Paris. In autumn 2019 she was highly acclaimed for all three female roles in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Monnaie in Brussels. In spring 2021 she made a magnificent role debut with Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine and Thierry Escaich’s Point d’Orgue directed by Olivier Py at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées.

In addition to numerous recitals, Patricia Petibon can be heard in 2022 with her new programme La Traversée with La Cetra and Andrea Marcon at the Paris Philharmonie, at the Festival in Epau, at the Music Festival in Dresden and in Lisbon. With the French baroque ensemble Amarillis she presents the programme Flammes de Magiciennes in Froville, Bordeaux, Ghent and Massy. She also performs Ravel's Shéhérazade with Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth and with the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Jérémie Rohrer, and presents French operetta with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Enrique Mazzola. Future opera projects for the 2022-2023 season include a new production of Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine directed by Katie Mitchell at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, and Pelléas et Mélisande conducted by Iván Fischer.

Patricia Petibon entertains close musical ties to Alain Altinoglu, Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico, Bertrand de Billy, Ivor Bolton, Frédéric Chaslin, Myung Whun Chung, Héloïse Gaillard and Amarillis, Emmanuelle Haïm and Le Concert d’Astrée, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink, Kristjan Järvi, Louis Langre, Andrea Marcon and La Cetra, as well as Venice Baroque, Joseph Pons, François-Xavier Roth and The Centuries, Christophe Rousset, Jeremy Rohrer, SpongeBob SquarePants and many more.

Being equally at home on the great recital stages, she performs frequently in Paris, Lyon, Lille, Strasbourg, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, at the Salzburg Festival, in Graz, Geneva, Dortmund, Hamburg, London’s Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh, Aix en Provence, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Madrid, Granada and Bilbao.

Patricia Petibon’s recordings include titles like Les Fantaisies de Patricia Petibon with a widespread excerpt of her vast repertoire, French Touch, an album featuring French Arias, a solo album with French Baroque Arias, Orlando Paladino with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and The Passion of Jesus with Fabio Biondi. Other notable recordings include duets from Handel operas with Emmanuelle Haïm, Werther and The Abduction from the Seraglio. She was an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon from 2008 – 2016. During this time, she recorded arias by Gluck, Mozart and Haydn with Concerto Köln and Daniel Harding, the CD Rosso including Italian Baroque Arias with La Cetra and Andrea Marcon and Melancholia with the National Orchestra of Spain under Josep Pons, featuring Spanish repertoire. In 2012, she recorded her solo album Nouveau Monde, including Baroque arias and songs with La Cetra and Andrea Marcon. This was followed by La Belle Excentrique in 2014, a recording of French Melodies, which has received numerous awards. Patricia Petibon has signed a new recording contract with Sony Music Masterworks. Her first album under the label of Sony Classical with the title „L’amour, the death, la mer“ will be released in February 2020.

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