French soprano Sylvie Valayre has received international acclaim as a brilliant singing actress in a repertoire which includes many of the most challenging roles of the dramatic repertoire. Among her most acclaimed portrayals are Lady Macbeth in Verdi's Macbeth, Abigaille in Nabucco, the title roles in Norma, Aida, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot, La Gioconda and Salome.
Sylvie Valayre first sprang to international attention in 1996 with her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Abigaille in a new production of Nabucco.
Since then she has been heard at virtually every leading opera house in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera New York (Madama Butterfly, Andrea Chénier, Tosca), Milan's La Scala (La Gioconda, Salome), Zurich Opera (Nabucco, Macbeth, La Gioconda, Manon Lescaut, La fanciulla del west, Tosca), the Vienna State Opera (Tosca, Nabucco, Fedora, Aida, Salome), Paris Opéra National (Macbeth, Tosca, Il tabarro), Deutsche Oper Berlin (Tosca, Aida, Nabucco, Die Frau ohne Schatten, La fanciulla del west, Andrea Chénier), Staatsoper Berlin (Macbeth, Turandot, Tosca, Salome), the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Tosca, Madama Butterfly), San Francisco Opera (Madama Butterfly) and the Arena of Verona (Aida, Nabucco, Tosca), to name only a few.
Sylvie Valayre began her career in the mid-80s. Her repertoire then included roles such as Massenet's Manon, Thais, Olympia / Antonia / Giulietta / Stella in Les contes d'Hoffmann, Leila in Les pêcheurs de perles, Adina in L'elisir d'amore, Zerlina and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Mimì in La bohème, Liù in Turandot, Violetta in La traviata, Marfa in The Tsar's Bride and Clara in Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg. These roles led her to the opera houses of Marseille, Angers, Avignon, Tours, Belfast, Trieste, Sassari and the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, among others.
Sylvie Valayre has sung under the baton of conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Bernard Haitink, Mark Elder, Mstislav Rostropovich, Christian Thielemann, Kent Nagano, Bruno Bartoletti, Nello Santi, Daniel Oren, Vladimir Jurowski, James Conlon, Daniele Gatti, Maurizio Arena, Andris Nelsons, Nicola Luisotti, Philippe Jordan, Marcello Viotti, Heinz Fricke and Franz Welser- Möst.
She gave masterclasses for the young artist programs of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the
Washington National Opera, New Israeli Opera, San Diego Opera, Paris Opéra National
and the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasburg.