Biography

Hailed by ADAMI as a “révélation classique,” French mezzo Aude Extrémo is one of today’s leading interpreters of French repertoire.  She began her vocal studies at the CNR of Bordeaux, followed by 2 years at the prestigious Atelier Lyrique de L’Opéra national de Paris. Laureate of numerous competitions, Ms. Extrémo won first prize at the ‘Amis du Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux’ competition in March 2007, as well as the first prize at the ‘Jeunes talents lyriques’ competition in April 2009, chaired by Michel Plasson.

​Recent highlights include: Carmen (Orchestre National de Lille), Fricka (Opéra national de Bordeaux), and includes: Dalila (Samson et Dalila, Opéra National de Bordeaux), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia, l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Paris), Charlotte (Werther, l’Orchestre Symphonique d’Aquitaine) Count Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus, Théâtre de Tours), Concepcion (L’heure Espagnole, Opéra de Tours), Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri, Théâtre de St-Etienne), Arsace (Semiramide, Opéra de St-Etienne), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly, Festival d’Antibes), Olga (Eugene Onegin, Théâtre de Tours), la Tasse chinoise, le Pâtre, and la libellule (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Opéra de Monte-Carlo), Maddalena (Rigoletto, Grands Théâtres de Tours et de Reims),

Vénus (Tanhaüser, Opéra de Monaco), Nicklausse (Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Opéra de Brême, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus), Jocasta (Oedipus Rex, Salzburger Feslsenreitschule), Anna (Les Troyens, Opéra national de Paris), and Ursule (Beatrice et Benedict, Opéra national de Paris). 

 

Under the baton of Marc Minkowski, she has performed  La Perichole (title role) at the Salzburg Festival, the Festival Radio France at Montpellier, and the Opéra national de Bordeaux, and the opera was recorded and released by the Bru Zane foundation. 

 

On the concert stage, she has performed the Shostakovich traditional Jewish poem mélodie cycle at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence conducted by François-Xavier Roth, the Kindertotenlieder (Mahler) at l'Opéra de Tours, as well as the Dances and Songs of Death by Mussorgsky (conducted by Marko Letonja) at the  Festival d'Aix en Provence.

 

She has also performed numerous oratorios, including the Verdi Requiem at Opéra  national de Bordeaux, Saint Matthew's Passion with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Rotterdam and the Sao Paulo Orchestra, conducted by N. Schtutzmann and the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini (Basilique de Ravenne).


Her 2020/21 season includes: Mozart’s Requiem at the Philharmonie de Paris, the title role in Carmen at Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Opéra de Bordeaux and at “Gran teatro National” de Lima, Le Visage Nuptial de Boulez at the Philharmonie de Paris, Concert in hommage of  Pauline Viardot at the Palazetto Bru-Zane in Venice, Les nuits d'été with the orchestre Régional d'Avignon, and Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust.