French mezzo soprano Sophie Fournier has performed extensively in major opera houses in France, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. Conductors she has worked with include G. Prêtre, M. Plasson, A. Jordan, J. Mercier and J.C. Malgoire. She was First Prize recipient at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and a finalist at the Pavarotti Competition in Philadelphia (1994).
Recent engagements include tours in France and Russia singing Cléopâtre (Massenet) and El amor brujo (de Falla) with the Orchestre National de Lille conducted by Maestro Jean-Claude Casadesus, Mettela in La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach) and Guilhen in Fervaal (d’Indy) which was broadcast on Swiss Radio. In March 2011, she will sing Emilia in Verdi’s Otello in Belgium.
Her repertoire also includes among others, Marguerite (Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust), Stéphano (Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette), Iphigénie (Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride), Charlotte (Massenet’s Werther) and Mère Marie (Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites). She made her debut as Carmen in Ljubljana (Slovenia) and recently reprised the role in Tours (France) with French conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce.
Fournier can be heard in Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) and Carmen Saeculare (Philidor) on the Auvidis and Erato labels, as well as the award-winning DVD La “Voix” retrouvée produced by Doriane Film.