Etienne Dupuis

So the peculiarity for me of Verdi’s operas is that you can always feel the character, and more and more as he got older, he let that speak.
Alice Lechner


by Alice Lechner
June 27, 2023
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One of our times’ most exciting baritone voices, Etienne Dupuis, has recently amazed the Viennese audience in the title role of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, alongside his magnificent wife, Nicole Car, as Tatyana. Enchanted by his performance, we simply had to know more about Etienne and this artistry and share it with our readers. In a conversation with Alice Lechner, the baritone shared some insights about his upcoming debut as Il Conte di Luna in Verdi’s Il Trovatore next season, but also about Rigoletto, one of the milestones of the baritone repertoire. Nevertheless, you will find out more about the beginning of his career, about his studies, and the moment he fell in love with opera, as well as about his relationship with his fans and media.


Etienne's exciting 2022/2023 season includes his role debuts as Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore at the Opéra de Montréal and as Hérode in Hérodiade in concert at the Auditorium of Lyon and later at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Etienne also returns to the Paris Opéra as Conte di Luna and Escamillo in Carmen and to the Wiener Staatsoper in the title role of Eugene Onegin. On the concert platform, he made his debut at the Wiener Konzerthaus in a concert with Yusif Eyvazov. In the upcoming 2023/2024 season, Etienne makes his role debuts as Rigoletto at the Teatro Real Madrid, as Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra and as Sancho Pança in a new production of Don Quichotte at the Paris Opéra and appears as Count Karl Gustav in the world premiere of Bilodeau's La Reine-garçon at the Opéra de Montréal. He also stars in a Wigmore Hall Recital alongside Lawrence Brownlee and Carlo Rizzi, singing music by Donizetti and his contemporaries. Recent performances brought the star baritone to the Metropolitan Opera (Rodrigue in a new production of Don Carlos, Conte d'Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and Marcello for his Met debut), the San Francisco Opera (title role of a new production of Don Giovanni and a Verdi concert), the Paris Opéra (new production of Don Giovanni, Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Belcore in L'elisir d'amore), the Wiener Staatsoper (title role of a new Il barbiere di Siviglia, Albert in Werther, Marcello in La bohème, Valentin in Faust), Bayerische Staatsoper Munich (Conte d'Almaviva), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Eugene Onegin, Rodrigo), Opéra de Marseille (Germont in La traviata, Valentin), the Opéra de Montréal (Eugene Onegin) and to Dallas with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (Eugene Onegin).

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Dear Etienne, it’s a pleasure to meet and have this conversation with you. Thank you for having accepted our invitation! Recently, you performed in a concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus with Yusif Eyvazov, Afag Abbasova, Farhad Badalbeyli, Ates Kara, Daria Rybak, Sahib Pashazade and Fuad Ibrahimov. What was the concept behind the concert? How did […]

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Alice Lechner

Alice Lechner comes from a music-loving family. Her first encounter with the opera universe was at the tender age of six. The grandeur of the stage productions and costumes, the backstage chatter, and last, but definitely not least, the music left her in awe, beginning with Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The overall feeling that opera awakens in anyone who gets a glimpse into this part of artistic eternity, that each and every day passes the test of time, was what drew her to stay and be a part of this world. The Opera House of Brașov became her second home, and the people who worked there were her second family.

Since then, Alice has devoted her spare time to maximising her musical knowledge through instrumental studies, studying both piano and violin for a short time. In the following years, her number one passion stepped out of the limelight and graciously gave way to Law Studies.
Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Her passion for opera, even if it is no longer her top professional priority in terms of career, it has most definitely become her priority during her free time. Wanting to experience the best of both worlds and extend her musical horizons, she regularly attends opera performances throughout Romania and abroad.
With OPERA Charm Magazine, Alice aims to nurture her creative side to help it flourish and bloom and to discover, alongside the magazine’s readers, the fascinatingly complex world of opera.

Currently, she is an LL.M. in Business Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

Oana Zamfir

Oana Zamfir is a second year MA student at the “George Enescu” National University of Arts, at the Department of Musicology.

She studied violin for 12 years at the “Stefan Luchian” High School of Art in Botosani, later focusing on the theoretical aspects of music. In 2019 she completed her bachelor studies in Musicology as a student of the National Academy of Music “Gheorghe Dima” in Cluj-Napoca. Her research during 2018-2019 brought to the forefront elements of the archaic ritual within works of composers who activated during the communist period, giving her the opportunity to start a research internship at the “Carl von Ossietzky” University in Germany. In this context, she recorded conversations with members of the Sophie Drinker Institute in Bremen, and had access to documents directly from the Myriam Marbé archive.

Since 2019 she has been a teacher of Music Education and Theoretical Music Studies, making full use of interactive methods in the musical training of students and working, at the same time, with the children’s choir founded in the first year of her activity.

Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

His multidisciplinary education opened the doors towards research, which is seen both through his participation in national and international conferences and symposia, such as the Salzburg Easter School PhD-forum, organized by the Salzburg Universität or the Silesian Meeting of Young Scholars, organized by the Institute of English at the University of Silesia, as well as the collaboration with Opera Charm Magazine.

During his student years, he won several prizes, including the Grand Prize at the “Paul Constantinescu” National Musical Interpretation Competition, the Romanian Composers and Musicologists’ Union Prize at the same competition, the First Prize and the Schubert Prize at the “Ada Ulubeanu” Competition.

He further developed his artistic skills by specializing in courses and masterclasses held by personalities such as Vittorio Terranova, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Marian Pop, Ines Salazar, Riccardo Zanellato, Paolo Bosisio, Valentina Farcaș and Manuel Lange in contexts such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Operngesang Deutschlandsberg, Corso Internazionale di Canto Lirico I.M.C. Licata or the Europäische Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst Montepulciano. Besides his activity on-stage, he currently teaches Opera Singing Didactics, and Pedagogical Practice within the Department for Teacher Education and Training at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy.

Cristina Fieraru

Cristina is a 24 year-old Romanian soprano & a student at the National University of Music Bucharest, where she pursues the MA program in Vocal Performance.

She made her debut in Pamina from “Die Zauberflöte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at only 19 years old at the Bucharest National Opera House, as a member of the Ludovic Spiess Experimental Opera Studio. Over the years she made her debut in roles such as Contessa d’Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Mimì & Musetta (La Bohème), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte) in her university’s opera productions.
Her passion and experience extends in the field of choral music, too.

She has been part of our dream team since the fall of 2021. For a good period of time she took care of OPERA Charm’s social media and took you on the monthly journey through the history of opera through our Legends rubric – and a few times through the Theaters around the World rubric.

Her little soul rubric – from 2021 to present – is definitely the Conductors of the Future, where, every month, she gives you the chance to meet a young star of the world of conducting and, of course, to find out what’s the most charming feature of opera in these artists’ views.


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