August 03, 2017

Marianne Crebassa makes sensational debut at the BBC Proms

The French mezzo-soprano sang a richly-coloured Shéhérazade under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.

French mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa made her London debut last night before an audience of thousands at the BBC Proms. Elegant and expressive in an embroidered Ashi gown, she brought sensuality and dramatic flair to Ravel's Shéhérazare with the Philharmonia Orchestra and maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen. ArtsDesk praised the "wonderful colours in Marianne Crebassa’s vividly characterised singing.

"She was extrovert and engaging but not meretricious, and responded sensitively to the orchestra behind her, especially in the second song, The Enchanted Flute," continued ArtsDesk critic Bernard Hughes.

The Times critic was no less seduced by Crebassa's enchanting voice and charismatic presence: “Settling down to be lulled into reverie by Ravel’s languid Shéhérazade, I was instead infused with a growing feeling that I was watching a new star. I’ve rarely heard a singer make a more poised, polished or delectable Proms debut than the young French mezzo Marianne Crebassa did in this sensuous song-cycle.”

The programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and can be heard again here. Following this very auspicious debut, the young mezzo returns to a stage she knows well, singing Sesto in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito directed by Peter Sellars at the Salzburg Festival.

Crebassa's sultry mezzo and impeccable diction in French repertoire will be brought to the fore on her next album Secrets, a recital of French chanson including music by Ravel, Debussy and Fauré as well as a vocalise by Turkish pianist Fazıl Say, Crebassa's sensitive duo partner on Secrets.

Marianne Crebassa's new album Secrets will be out on 20 October, 2017.


Crebassa Proms