Singer Mezzo-soprano

Marie-Claude Chappuis


Blooming spring-concerts

She has sung under the baton of famous conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Daniel Harding, Emmanuelle Haïm, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Jonathan Nott and Christophe Rousset to name but a few.

Apart from her opera-commitments Marie-Claude Chappuis will be busy this spring singing Lieder by Alma Mahler with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève and Arie van Beek, Franz Schubert’s E-flat-Major-Mass with the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Franz Welser-Möst, Bach’s B-minor-Mass with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the RIAS-Kammerchor and René Jacobs in Berlin, Ludwigsburg and Schaffhausen and - last but not least - the opening-concert of the Leipzig-Bach-Festival together with the Thomaner-Choir, the Gewandhaus-Orchestra and Andreas Reize.

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Dido at the Berlin State Opera

After concluding the last year as Dido (Dido and Aeneas) at the Lille Opera with the Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm and after welcoming the New Year with Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 together with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta’s baton, Marie-Claude Chappuis returns to the Berlin State Opera with the role which she is currently performing most frequently: Dido, in the wonderful staging by Sasha Waltz.

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A festive season’s entry

Marie-Claude Chappuis is entering the new season with a festive upbeat when joining the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and its principal-conductor Jonathan Nott within the opening-concert of the Festival Septembre Musical in Montreux singing orchestra-melodies by Henri Duparc. Subsequently she will be part of the gala-concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Concert d’Astrée at the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm. Later on to follow her interpretation of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas within two different productions: first at the Lille Opera and then at the Berlin State Opera.

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Dido & Aeneas in Geneva

Geneva already acclaimed her when performing no less than 8 roles in 8 different productions, a. o. as Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus) and Lazuli (L’Étoile). Marie-Claude Chappuis returns now back to the (newly renovated) Grand Théâtre for a role which has been accompanying her over the past few years (particularly within the fascinating production of Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin and Madrid), we are talking about Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Provided the virus will permit it, the opening-night is scheduled for May 2, 2021 (with or without an audience in the theatre).

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Lied-Festival in a bucolic landscape

Marie-Claude Chappuis is never running out of ideas, vigour or organisational spirit! The “Festival du Lied” which she created in 2001 in her hometown Fribourg will happen this summer - inspired by the American cinema of the 1960-ies – in a „covid-compatible“ version as “drive-in”! Top-class artists from all over Switzerland will be performing in a bucolic landscape above Fribourg between July 25th and 31st, 2020. Marie-Claude Chappuis herself will be heading the final-concert on July 31st sharing the musical programme with Luca Pianca (lute), Duilio Galfetti (mandolin and violin), Christel Sautaux (accordion), Christophe Sturzenegger (horn und alphorn) as well as with young baritone Simon Ruffieux.

We join the enthusiasm of Forumopera having awarded “the Palm d’or of smartness” to Marie-Claude Chappuis for this inventive resourcefulness!



La Belle Hélène in St. Gallen

Following her acclaimed Dido within the highly successful revival of the Sasha-Waltz-production of Dido&Aeneas at the Berlin State Opera, Marie-Claude Chappuis is making a role-debut in St. Gallen: Celebrating Jacques Offenbach’s 200th anniversary she is singing the title-role in La Belle Hélène for the very first time!

Conductor: Nicolas André, stage-director: Ansgar Weigner.

Opening-night on December 7, 2019

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Dido and Aeneas at the Berlin State Opera

After having made her debut with the Teatro Real in Madrid performing the role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas a few months ago, Marie-Claude Chappuis is now joining Sasha Waltz’s fascinating staging of this opera at the Berlin State Opera with the same role, too.

Opening-night of the revival series on August 18, 2019

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Dido and Aeneas in Madrid

A few months ago she made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Schubert’s Fierrabras) and performed at the Theater an der Wien (Rossini’s Guillaume Tell). Now Marie-Claude Chappuis is Dido in a new production of Purcells Dido and Aeneas at the Teatro Real in Madrid staged by Sasha Waltz. The orchestra is the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin conducted by Christopher Moulds. Opening night on March 31, 2019.

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Marie-Claude Chappuis at the Vienna Musikverein

„What a voice! She exposes a full-bodied, resonant voice with warmth and softness, however simultaneously remaining flexible, graceful and elegant.  More seductive a voice cannot sound!” This is the enthusiastic characterization of the artist’s vocal performance as recently summarized by the music-magazine Cluster of the German radio network SWR. On stage of the prestigious Vienna Musikverein our mezzo-soprano from Switzerland is now joining the Concentus Musicus again, an ensembles she has always been holding dear, as having worked with the Concentus and his founder Nikolaus Harnoncourt frequently throughout many years. The great René Jacobs has been another long-time loyal musical partner with whom she recorded Mozart Requiem for the label Harmonia Mundi lately. Marie-Claude Chappuis also meets for musical teamwork regularly and happily with conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Emmanuelle Haïm, Sir Roger Norrington and Christophe Rousset a. o.

After having recently made her debut with the Teatro alla Scala (Schubert’s Fierrabras) and after performing at the Theater an der Wien (Rossini’s Guillaume Tell) Marie-Claude Chappuis is back again to Vienna on December 8 and 9, 2018. Together with the Concentus Musicus and its current music- director Stefan Gottfried she is performing a Bach-programme which can also be heard at the Brucknerhaus in Linz on December 10, 2018.


Guillaume Tell at the Theater an der Wien

Marie-Claude Chappuis finished last season with her debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala in a beautiful new-production of Franz Schubert’s masterly opera Fierrabras (never ever performed in Milan before; Daniel Harding conducting, Peter Stein staging). The new season starts for the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano from Switzerland with a new-production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell (Hedwige) at the Theater an der Wien. Opening-night on October 13, 2018.

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Debut at Milan’s La Scala

„More tempting a voice can hardly sound!“ exclaimed the journalist of the German SWR Radio enthusiastically when presenting Marie-Claude Chappuis’ first solo-album „Sous l’empire d’amour“ released by Harmonia Mundi last year. Meanwhile the Swiss mezzo-soprano also outshone the recording of Mozart’s Requiem in a new version of René Jacobs’ (also recorded for Harmonia Mundi) proofing to be a „first-class vocalist in this repertoire, delivering an ample, rich and colourful timbre“. (, 22.02.18).

Marie-Claude Chappuis is now making her debut with Milan’s Teatro alla Scala joining the rarely performed opera Fierrabras by Franz Schubert. The production under Daniel Harding’s baton and in Peter Stein’s staging is also the first time ever this opera can be heard at La Scala.

Opening night on 5th June 2018. 

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„What a voice! She exposes a full-bodied, resonant voice with warmth and softness, however simultaneously remaining flexible, graceful and elegant. More seductive a voice can hardly sound!” A music-magazine of the German radio network SWR ("SWR2 Cluster") recently summarized Marie-Claude Chappuis’ performance enthusiastically this way. Above all it is her cheerful just as unreserved commitment to music which makes her artistry unique and outstanding. An artist of international recognition. We are very glad to welcome Marie-Claude Chappuis to our agency!

After having been a steady member of the Innsbruck Opera ensemble led by Brigitte Fassbaender, the mezzo-soprano from Fribourg (Switzerland) has made her way throughout the world, from Geneva to Tokyo via Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Salzburg, Shanghaï, Seoul, Hongkong. She has collaborated with conductors such as Giovanni Antonini, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Emmanuelle Haïm, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Roger Norrington and Christophe Rousset among others.

Being relentlessly curious and versatile as an artist, her opera-repertory includes more than 30 roles like Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Idamante (Idomeneo), Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito), Charlotte (Werther), Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust), Der Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos) a. o. She dedicates as much time to concert-engagements and recitals as she does to opera.

Complementing her already notable discography (among others a recording of a Grammy nominated La Clemenza di Tito with René Jacobs), she has just published her first solo-CD featuring precious courtly arias, recorded with the outstanding lute player Luca Pianca. A compilation of pure music and poetry (on the label Deutsche Harmonia Mundi).