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Patricia Petibon (born 27 February 1970) is a French soprano.

Patricia Petibon
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Patricia Petibon signing autographs at the Salzburg Festival, 2009
Born (1970-02-27) 27 February 1970 (age 49)
Montargis, Loiret, France
OccupationOpera singer (soprano)
Years active1996–present
Didier Lockwood
(m. 2015; died 2018)
Partner(s)Éric Tanguy (before marriage)


Born in Montargis, Petibon's parents were both teachers.[1] She initially studied the visual arts, including painting and subsequently changed her academic focus and earned a bachelor's degree in musicology.[2] She later studied music at the Paris Conservatoire, where her teachers included Rachel Yakar, and from which she graduated with a first prize in 1995.[1]

Petibon made her professional stage debut in Paris in 1996 in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie.[1] She became a member of Les Arts Florissants and worked regularly with William Christie.[2] In various awards under the auspices of Victoires de la musique classique, she was named Best Young Talent in 1998 and as Best Opera Singer in 2001 and 2003. She has made commercial recordings for such labels as Deutsche Grammophon and Erato.

In August 2010 she appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Vera Nemirova's production of Lulu with Marc Albrecht conducing the Vienna Philharmonic.[3]

In March 2012 Petibon debuted as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni with Peter Mattei as the title role at the Paris Opera.[4] In summer, she "gave the most satisfying performance all evening as Susanna" in Le nozze di Figaro at the Aix-en-Provence Festival.[5]

In July 2015 she performed the title role of Alcina at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with Philippe Jaroussky as Ruggiero and Anna Prohaska as Morgana.[6]

Petibon has a son from her previous relationship with the French composer Éric Tanguy [fr].[1][7] She is the widow of the French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood.[8]


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  1. ^ a b c d Johnston, Sheila (April 2015). "Transcendent". Opera News. 79 (10). Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sinkovicz, Wilhelm (1 August 2009). "Patricia Petibon: "Ich höre mir selbst zu"". Die Presse. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Spröde statt sinnlich: "Lulu" in Salzburg" [Brittle instead of sensual: "Lulu" in Salzburg]. Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 2 August 2010. Spinola, Julia (3 August 2010). "Lulus Lust ist die Musik". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Tommasini, Anthony (3 August 2010). "Writhing in the Iron Grip of Opera's Dark Siren". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Fort, Sylvain (15 March 2012). "Mattei, the Ultimate Don Giovanni". (in French). de La Taille, Jean-Baptiste (20 March 2012). "Reprise à Bastille de Don Giovanni dans la mise en scène d'Haneke". ResMusica (Review) (in French). Høholt, Henning (27 March 2012). "Peter Mattei outstanding as Don Govanni at Bastille". Kulturkompasset (Review).
  5. ^ Raskauskas, Stephen (9 July 2012). "Festival d'Aix-en-Provence opens with new Figaro". Bachtrack.
  6. ^ Valencia, Mark (3 July 2015). "Alcina: A bewitching start to the Aix-en-Provence Festival". Bachtrack. Oestreich, James R. (14 July 2015). "Review: Exploring Captivity in Handel's 'Alcina' and Mozart's 'Entführung' at Aix-en-Provence Festival". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Jean, Thomas (8 December 2008). "Une journée avec Patricia Petibon". Elle. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Le violoniste de jazz Didier Lockwood décède à 62 ans". Le Figaro (in French). 18 February 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  9. ^ Ashley, Tim (13 November 2014). "Patricia Petibon: La Belle Eccentrique CD review – fussy chansons". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  10. ^ Ashley, Tim (11 December 2014). "Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites DVD review – Patricia Petibon gives the performance of a lifetime". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2018.

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