Lauranne Oliva

The voice is important; it's the tool you need to fine-tune regularly. But there's a whole panoply of elements you need to have at your disposal, too: acting, body language, stage presence, and being a good musician.
Alice Lechner

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by Alice Lechner
October 10, 2023
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INTRODUCTION

Winner of the Paris Opera Competition, Lauranne Oliva combines a flawless academic record, obtaining a double baccalaureate in science and Spanish literature and history, with her musical studies at the Conservatory in Perpignan. In a conversation with Alice Lechner, Lauranne talks about her experience at the Paris Opera Competition, how she prepared for a contest, and her time at the Opera Studio of Opera du Rhin. Moreover, she shares with us her thoughts about the opera industry and which is the key to a successful career.

BIOGRAPHY

At just 20 years of age, the Franco-Catalan soprano Lauranne Oliva made a strong impression at the 2020 edition of the famous 'Nuits Lyriques' competition in Marmande, winning Women First Prize in the Opera category, the First Prize for the Best Newcomer as well as the Second Prize in French Melody. In particular, her interpretation of the famous aria "Ah non credea mirarti" from Bellini's La Sonnanbula highlighted her unquestionable vocal beauty and virtuosity. As a hard-working student, she combines a flawless academic record, obtaining a double baccalaureate in science and Spanish literature and history, with her musical studies at the Conservatory in Perpignan. She begins with piano and musical training, then enters the classes of Sabine Riva and Christian Papis in singing. Lauranne quickly performs in concerts: the role of Susanna in Les Nozze di Figaro, Haydn's The Creation, Mozart's Missa solemnis or Schubert's Stabat Mater… It is her meeting with the tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, founder and conductor of the ensemble I Gemelli, that enables her to add baroque operas to her repertoire. She made brilliant debuts with the roles of La Música and Euridice in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (Opéra de Tours, Théâtre de Poissy) and La Fortuna and Juno in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria by the same Monteverdi (Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Metz Arsenal, Victoria Hall in Geneva) in October 2021. In September 2021, she joined Opera Studio of Opera du Rhin, with whom she performed La Princesse and La Chauve-Souris in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilèges. In the 2022-2023 season, Lauranne is taking off. At Opera du Rhin, she performed Eurydice in Gluck Petite Ballade aux Enfers and sang the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea (Raphaël Pichon/Evgeni Titov). She sang this same role, this time, under the conducting of Emiliano Gonzalez Toro and his I Gemelli, at Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, at Arsenal in Metz, and at Victoria Hall in Geneva. Lauranne Oliva will bloom in various scenic projects during the 2023-24 season. She will perform Micaela in Carmen at the Vichy Opera and at the Daejeon City Opera (South Korea). She will be Ellen in Lakmé at Nice Opera and Strasbourg Opéra du Rhin. Then she will debut as Pamina at Théâtre des Champs Elysées in a light version of Mozart’s Magic Flute and will join Teater an der Wien for the role of Tipi in Salieri’s Kublai Grand Kahn of Tartary (Christophe Rousset/Rafael Villalobos). Lauranne Oliva is part of the 2022 Generation Opera promotion.

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INTERVIEW

Dear Lauranne, thank you for accepting our invitation and congratulations on your triumph at the Paris Opera Competition. It’s always a pleasure to meet young and promising opera singers. How do you feel after this triumph? Were you expecting it? What thoughts and expectations did you have before the contest, and which proved revelatory? I […]

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