“Relying on her splendid tessitura and her ingenuous presence,
Mathilde Lemaire, young native of Angers, embodied a very seductive Alesia”
(La Poupée - E. Audran)
Courrier de l'Ouest (local newspaper)
Mathilde Lemaire started her musical studies at l’Ecole Maîtrisienne Régionale des Pays de La Loire (music school) when she was only 11 years old. She continued her studies at the Conservatories of music in Angers and Nantes until 2013. She perfected her art through Masterclasses with Anna-Maria Panzarella, Elizabeth Vidal, Raphaël Sikorski, Alain Buet, Christophe Fel, Elodie Méchain and Christine Schweitzer.
Since 2018, Mathilde has won several international singing prizes such as Le Prix d'Honneur (the honour price) in 2021 and the Second Place in 2018 at the Léopold Bellan competition in Paris, the Second Place at the France Music Competition, Le Prix Jeune Talent (the Young Talent Prize) at the Georges Liccioni competition of Angers in 2021, Le Prix Jeune Espoir (the Young Talent Prize) at the International competition of Arles delivered by the Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique (French Center for the Promotion of Classical Music). She was also awarded Third place for Operetta at the Béziers Classical Singing Competition, and she was a Finalist of the Vienne en Voix de Vivonne competition and Semi-Finalist at the Vincerò World Opera Competition and Avignon competition.
Mathilde’s repertoire is varied covering a wide range of genres including opera, operetta, and oratorio, as well as French, English and German Art Song. In order to enrich her artistic background, she has explored other forms of music making such as choral singing (with the musical ensembles Mélismes and Hilarium), instrumental performance (harp and piano), dance (tapdancing which she has been teaching for the past 10 years) and theatre. She also excels at human relations as she has been a certified psychologist since 2016.
Amongst others, some of her greatest moments these past few years include playing the role of Micaëla in Carmen by Bizet with the Labopréa des Hauts de Seine, Akhnaten's daughter at the Opéra de Nice (Opera of Nice) in Ph.Glass's Akhnaten staged by L.Child and J-M.Criqui, the role of Adèle in Strauss Die Fledermauss and Zerline in Don Giovanni by Mozart at the Oper'Oye Festival, the role of Maguelonne in P.Viardot’s Cendrillon in Nice, the title roles in E. Audran’s La Poupée and J-J. Roux’s Les Amants de Galerne performed at the Grand Théâtre d’Angers (Angers’ Grand Theater), Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi as well as Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Angers Nantes Opéra staged by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser.
n the course of her young career, Mathilde has sung a number of oratorios : Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres performed at the Festival des Resonances Saint-Martin (Saint Martin’s Resonances Festival), Honegger’s King David at Angers’ Cathedral, Saint Saens’s Christmas Oratorio, Carissimi’s Jephte, Charpentier’s Te Deum, etc.
She regularly performs in private recitals or with the Music’O Seniors association during which she interprets pieces from various composers such as Bach, Gershwin, Mozart, Offenbach and many more. Mathilde is also a member of the solidarity artists group CALMS and UNISSON, for which she has sung at the Opéra de Nice and Opéra d'Avignon, as well as at the Opéra Comique.
Mathilde sings under the direction of great conductors such as Léo Warynski, Steven Sloane, J.C. Spinosi, G.Pungier, Rémi Corbier, L. Brack, J.J Roux, etc., and collaborates with renowned stage directors such as Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, L. Childs and J.M Criqui, Erik Kruger, N. Grujic, S. Anglade, C. Gauthier…
Mathilde’s discography contains over 35 albums from the ADF-Bayard Musique label (classical and sacred music).
Mathilde regularly performs for her recital Le Voyage Amoureux (Journey in love) at the Castle of Briançon and Brissac (49). She also performs more than 15 times her musical performance Ma Petite Voix (My little voice) everywhere in France.
During the 2023/2024 season, Mathilde will play the 1st Nymph in Rusalka by Dvorak at the Opéra Grand Avignon and the 2nd Nymph in this same opera at the Opéra de Nice. Finally, she will perform in recital several times with her concert Le Voyage Amoureux, and in a soprano/tenor duo for a tribute to soprano Liliane Berton.