February 02, 2017

Marianne Crebassa crowned Opera Singer of the Year, Victoires de la Musique 2017

The French mezzo performed an aria from her album 'Oh, Boy!' before a televised audience of millions.

Mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa was declared Opera Singer of the Year at the 24th Victoires de la Musique Classique - the French Grammys - during a ceremony in Paris televised to millions of viewers on France3 last night.

The young opera star beat out tough competition with soprano Patricia Petibon and mezzo Stephanie d'Oustrac also in the running. "I'd like to share this award with my fellow nominees," said Crebassa in her acceptance speech, with a special mention to her parents in attendance, and to Erato "for the chance to make the album with absolute freedom".

In her trademark tuxedo and white bowtie, she sang Gluck's Amour, viens rendre à mon âme, one of the gems from her debut album of trouser-role arias Oh, Boy!, released on Erato late 2016.

The star-studded, three-hour ceremony featured live performances from countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux (an aria from l'Italiana in Algeri ahead of the release of her Rossini album debut on Erato, entitled Sì Sì Sì Sì!).

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann sang before accepting his 'Victoire d'honneur'.

Full list of winners at the 24th Victoires de la Musique Classique:
Opera Singer
Marianne Crebassa

Opera RevelationLea Desandre

Instrumental Soloist
Adam Lalloum

Instrumental Soloist Revelation
Adélaïde Ferrière

Thierry Escaich

Dufour - Burning Bright - Les Percussions de Strasbourg (Percussions de Strasbourg)
Victoire d'honneur
Jonas Kaufmann
Frédéric Lodéon