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Norah Amsellem


Born in Paris, Norah Amsellem has won several international competitions, and is involved in the "Young Artist Development Program" of the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

In 1997, she made her debut at the Paris Bastille Opera House as Micaëla in Carmen, before singing this role, at Placido Domingo’s side, at the Metropolitan Opera House, conducted by James Levine, for the opening of the 1997-98 season, and in Japan in June 2000.

She was soon invited by other prominent stages such as the San Francisco Opera House and the Mai Musical Florentin (Liù, Turandot), the Glyndebourne Festival (The Countess, The Marriage of Figaro), the Milan La Scala Opera House for her debut with Riccardo Muti in Armide, and was widely acclaimed by the international press.

Norah Amsellem also made debuts that attracted considerable attention in Don Pasquale (Norina) and in Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) at the Bordeaux Opera House, in Rigoletto (Gilda) at the Avignon Opera House, and in the title role of Manon at the Liege Opera House.

She has also been heard in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera House and in Rigoletto at the Toulouse Capitole.

Norah Amsellem performed the role of Liù in Turandot on tour in Japan, conducted by Zubin Mehta, and at the Milan La Scala under the baton of Giuseppe Sinopoli. She was a huge success in Rigoletto at the Chorégies d'Orange, and last season sang her first Adina in The Elixir of Love at the Amsterdam Opera House, at Bryn Terfel’s side, as well as Turandot and Manon at the Naples Teatro San Carlo.

During the 2002-2003 season, she performed in Romeo and Juliet at the Nice Opera House and the Vienna Staatsoper, Turandot at the San Fransisco Opera House and the New York Metropolitan Opera House, and La Bohème at the Lausanne Opera House.

She has just completed a highly successful Traviata performance at the Madrid Teatro Real.

Her major upcoming engagements include Traviata at the Berlin Deutsche Oper, the San Francisco Opera House and the Vienna Staatsoper, Turandot in Genoa and at Covent Garden, Manon in Las Palmas, La Bohème in Saito Kinen, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, as well as in Naples, Carmen at the Chorégies d'Orange, in a production by Jérôme Savary that will be taken on tour with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra in Tokyo, Rigoletto in Seattle, Carmen in Santa Cecilia, I Pagliaci in Amsterdam, and Faust at the Bordeaux Grand Théâtre.

Norah Amsellem has also appeared in numerous recitals and concerts in New York (first recital at the Alice Tully Hall in 1995, and at Carnegie Hall in January 2000), San Francisco, Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs Elysées with the French National Orchestra in Debussy’s L'Enfant Prodigue, the Salle Gaveau and the Champs de Mars with Seiji Ozawa in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony), Aix-en-Provence, Bordeaux, Lyon (Mahler’s Fourth Symphony), Montpellier (Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Philharmonic Orchestra), Auvers-sur-Oise (Mozart’s Requiem), Genoa (Poulenc’s Gloria), Florence (Fauré’s Requiem) conducted by Georges Prêtre (repeat performance in October 2000 at the Vienna Musikverein), Cleveland and Washington.

Also of mention for the 2002-2003 season: Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Ile de France National Orchestra at the Théâtre Mogador in Paris, concerts with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, and with the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marco Guidarini. She performed in Le Rêve by Alfred Bruneau with the French National Orchestra, and also sang in a recital at the Rhine National Opera House.

Her concert projects include Poulenc’s Gloria with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Franck Martin’s Golgotha with the Vienna Musikverein.

Norah Amsellem took part in the EMI recording of Maurice Ravel’s Cantates de Rome conducted by Michel Plasson, which won the Charles Cros Academy Prize and earned the praises of the music press.

Opéra International, December 2000: "For her part, Norah Amsellem masters the highly demanding Myrrha score with supreme ease and accomplished musical meaning".
Diapason, novembre 2000 : "Norah Amsellem, perfect in timbre and musicality".