July 08, 2014
“Nathalie is the real thing. So much love, intensity and sheer technique.
We need more conductors like her”
- Sir Simon Rattle, December 2012
Nathalie Stutzmann is considered one of the most outstanding musical personalities of our time, with parallel careers as both Contralto and Conductor. Her charismatic musicianship, the unique combination of rigour and fantasy which characterises her style have been recognised by her peers, audience and critics alike.
She has just been announced as Associate Artist of the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra. The 3-year collaboration will begin in September 2016 and will be multi-dimensional, drawing on her talents both as a contralto and as a conductor. Ms Stutzmann is also Associate Artist with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Artist-in-Residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for the season 15/16.
Ms Stutzmann sings regularly with the world’s greatest conductors and orchestras and is acclaimed for her performances of Mahler. Recent engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle, Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Orozco-Estrada and Sao Paulo State Symphony/Alsop. Forthcoming engagements include Rückert-Lieder at National Symphony Orchestra Washington/Eschenbach, Mahler’s 3rd Symphony at the Verbier Festival with Michael Tilson-Thomas, Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Danish National/Petrenko and Wesendonck Lieder with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris/Boyd, L’Enfant et les Sortileges with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France/Mikko Franck.
Ms Stutzmann is a highly-praised recitalist, performing all over the world with the Swedish pianist Inger Södergren, with whom she has recorded several song cycles by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Poulenc and Chausson among others. Recent recitals include at Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, la Monnaie, Brussels and Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, and a Japan tour to celebrate the re-release by Warner/Erato of their earlier recording of the 3 Schubert song cycles. Forthcoming recitals include Den Haag, St George’s Hall, Liverpool and Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Parallel to her many concerts as a singer, she devotes part of her season to her own chamber orchestra, Orfeo 55, created in 2009 and in residence at the Arsenal in Metz. She will sing her Handel programme “Heroes from the Shadows” with Orfeo 55, in an extended European tour, including Wigmore Hall, London, Monte Carlo and Victoria Hall, Geneva.
Forthcoming guest conducting engagements include return projects with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and débuts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, RTE National Symphony of Ireland, Oslo Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Orchestre National de Bordeaux.
Her 2014 success conducting L’elisir d’amore at Monte Carlo Opera led to immediate reinvitation to conduct a production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser in 2017.
Nathalie Stutzmann’s conducting career is also flourishing in Japan. She has just returned from a highly successful debut with the New Japan Philharmonic at Suntory Hall, Tokyo, conducting a programme of Takemitsu, Schubert and Bizet. In 2014, following a first project with the Mito Chamber Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa invited Ms Stutzmann to share the concert platform with him, for a symphonic programme of works by Mendelssohn. She will return to conduct the Mito Chamber Orchestra in Autumn 2016 with a programme of symphonies by Mozart, Prokofiev and Bizet. Maestro Ozawa has also invited her to conduct a production of Ravel’s “L’ enfant et les sortilèges” at the Saito Kinen Festival in Summer 2015.
Nathalie Stutzmann studied conducting with the legendary Finnish teacher Jorma Panula and was mentored by Seiji Ozawa and Simon Rattle. She founded her own chamber orchestra, Orfeo 55, in 2009. The orchestra’s permanent home is at the Arsenal in Metz, France, where Ms Stutzmann is Artist in Residence. She has been Decorated as “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French State and in Spring 2015 she was appointed an Officer of the prestigious “Arts et Lettres” in France.
Ms Stutzmann has an exclusive contract with Warner Classics/ Erato as both singer and conductor. Her most recent recording at the helm of Orfeo 55 “Heroes from the Shadows”, an album which puts unfairly overlooked roles in Handel’s Operas firmly into the limelight, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. Other recent releases include “Prima Donna” for DGG, featuring Vivaldi’s great contralto repertoire, and “Une Cantate Imaginaire”, a highly-praised cornucopia of some of Bach’s most glorious vocal and orchestral music, both recorded with Orfeo 55.