CRR de Nice
April 6 to 13, 2020
One of the most precocious artists of her generation, Elizabeth Vidal joined the Opéra de Paris singing school at age 17. At 22, she gave her first recital at the cloister of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and debuted in “Ariane à Naxos” by Strauss alongside Jessie Norman. She then integrated the troupe of Opéra de Lyon for three seasons where she was offered, among other, roles such as Nanette in “Falstaff” under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner, Glauce in “Medea” by Cherubini, Laoula in “L'Étoile” by Chabrier , Rosine in “Barber of Seville” directed by Paisiello, Blonde in “The Abduction from the Seraglio”, Adèle in “The Bat”. "Her stunning virtuoso ability ... Her scenic ease, her pure timbre and triumphant highs ..." (Alain Duault, "L’événement du jeudi”), positions her internationally as one of the best specialists in colorature roles (Zerbinette in “Ariane à Naxos”, the title-role of “Lakmé” by Delibes, Olympia in “The Tales of Hoffmann”, The Queen of Night in “The Magic Flute” Mozart, “Manon” by Auber…). World scenes welcomed her in this repertoire (Covent Garden, BBC Proms in London, Lincoln Center in New York, Arena in Verona, Staatsoper in Vienna, Hamburg Operahaus, Berlin Konzerhaus, Maestranza in Seville, La Fenice in Venice, Santiago di Chile, Grand Theater of Geneva, Opera of Toronto, Grand Florida Opera in Miami, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels…) with the most prestigious chefs ( John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Bonynge, Semyon Bishkov, Armin Jordan, Horst Stein, Manuel Rosenthal, René Jacobs, Jean-claude Malgoire, Michel Corboz, Jeffrey Tate, Alain Lombard, Serge Baudo or Michel Plasson…)
In 2013-2014, she began the season performing a personal version of French national anthem “La Marseillaise” in front of forty heads of state for the opening of the Francophonie games.
She then initiated her collaboration with label Mercury-Universal to create the highly media-friendly character of La Cantadora (revisiting a classical repertoire through an electro-pop reading, with an arrangement by Philippe Uminski).
It earned her to face - and not to her disadvantage - with the biggest names of French television : Laurent Ruquier, Natacha Polony, Michel Drucker, Stéphane Bern ...
Her quick-witted personality made it obvious for France 2 that Elizabeth must be the feminine personality to represent classical music when creating the new talent show "Prodiges". The programme which aimed at revealing new young talents aired in prime time and attracted by 4.7 million spectators, an absolute record for classical music centered one.
In the midst of a booming, Elizabeth accepted a teaching position at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Rueil-Malmaison at age 35 out of a passion for pedagogy.
For the past 15 years, she has taught around the world and has given numerous master classes, notably at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory, at EWHA University, at Hanyang University, at Kyung Hee University and at Sookhang University in South Korea, as well as in the Miami Opera "Young Artists Program".
Since 2008, she has been a vocal teacher at Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional of Nice and since 2010, a vocal technique consultant at the Bolshoi Theater (Moscow).
Recognized as a prominent teacher by major foreign institutions, she created in France, in the department of Alpes-Maritimes, the innovative Mediterranean Center for Lyric Art (CALM) where she is surrounded by prestigious collaborators who testify of their attachment to her teaching methods.
In collaboration with the association "Music in the heart of the Médoc", she founded in the most prestigious wineries of Médoc, in collaboration with Dalton Baldwin, Michel Plasson and her husband André Cognet, a singing competition dedicated to promote of French musical heritage. This competition has already attracted candidates from more than 14 nationalities.
Thus, Elizabeth Vidal has succeeded in leading two careers all over the world, that of interpreter and that of teacher.
She was award in July 2015 the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.