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Marie Cayeux

Soprano

Marie Cayeux is a French coloratura soprano with a Berber heritage. An alumna of the Alexander Gibson Opera School at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Marie also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she obtained her Masters in Vocal Performance (with distinction) under the tutelage of Rudolf Piernay. She is currently supported by a 2023-4 bursary from the International Opera Awards Foundation, and has previously been a Young Artist at the International Festival Lyrique-en-Mer and a scholar of both the Lotte Lehman Akademie and Oxenfoord Summer School.

Marie has already gained considerable operatic experience working with conductors such as Adam Hickox, Peter Robinson, Alex Ingram, William Cole, Philippe Forget, Lada Valesova and stage directors including Stephen Lawless, John Ramster, Max Hoehn, PJ Harris, Caroline Clegg and Keith Warner.  Her many coloratura and soubrette roles include Norina Don PasqualeBlonde Die Entführung aus dem SerailAdele Die FledermausMorgana AlcinaCunégonde CandideLakmé and Le Feu L’enfant et les sortilèges.

She is also an experienced performer of contemporary music, singing roles including Madame Donnadieu in Isabelle Aboulker’s Martin SqueletteFirst Apple in Jonathan Dove’s The Little Green SwallowMrs P. in Michael Nyman’s and The Maid in Elena Langer’s Four Sisters, additionally receiving the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Award for the Best Performance of a New Work for Voice during the 2021 Wigmore Voiceworks.

Marie is equally passionate about song repertoire, studying with pianists including Iain Burnside, Dalton Baldwin, Sholto Kynoch, Julius Drake, Eugene Asti, Graham Johnson and Malcolm Martineau. In 2021, Marie was a Leeds Lieder Festival Young Artist and a semi-finalist of the Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition. In concert, she has recently sung as soprano solo in Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Glasgow International Symphony Orchestra conducted by Magnus Plejdrup.

In competition, Marie was winner of the 3rd Prize and Audience Prize at the 2022 Hurn Court Opera Competition, and took 2nd Prize at the 2022 Arles International Opera Competition. She has also been a recipient of a Sybil Tutton Opera Award and a Hamilton Duval Music Foundation Scholarship.

Her recent performances have included two critically-acclaimed role debuts as Louisa A Feast in the Time of Plague and The Maid Four Sisters, plus her role debut as Taumännchen/Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel with Hampstead Garden Opera.

Most recently, Marie made her debut at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo as FireNightingale and Princess in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges.

Soprano colorature française d’origine kabyle, Marie Cayeux a été formée à la Guildhall School of Music and Drama, où elle a obtenu son Masters in Vocal Performance et reçu l’enseignement de Rudolf Piernay, puis a suivi le cursus d’opéra Alexander Gibson au Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Elle a participé comme Jeune artiste au  Festival Lyrique-en-Mer 2019 et reçu des bourses de la Lotte Lehman Akademie et de l’Oxenfoord Summer School ainsi que, pour 2023-2024, une bourse de l’International Opera Awards Foundation pour soutenir le développement de sa carrière.

Elle s’est déjà forgé une expérience d’opéra considérable auprès de chefs tels que Philippe Forget, Adam Hickox, Peter Robinson, Alex Ingram, William Cole, Lada Valesova, Philip Walsh et ds metteurs en scène tels que Stephen Lawless, John Ramster, Max Hoehn, PJ Harris, Caroline Clegg et Keith Warner, dans des rôles tels que: Le Feu L’Enfant et les SortilègesNorina Don PasqualeBlonde Die Entführung aus dem SerailAdele Die FledermausMorgana AlcinaCunégonde Candide et le rôle-titre Lakmé.

Engagée dans la défense du répertoire contemporain, elle a chanté Madame Donnadieu (Martin Squelette – Aboulker), First Apple The Little Green Swallow (Dove), Mrs P. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (Michael Nyman) et The Maid Four Sisters (Langer), recevant le Tracey Chadwell Memorial Award pour la meilleure interpétation d’une nouvelle œuvre lors des Wigmore Voiceworks 2021.

Passionnée de mélodies, Marie s’est formée auprès de pianistes de renom tels que Iain Burnside, Dalton Baldwin, Sholto Kynoch, Julius Drake, Eugene Asti et Malcolm Martineau. En 2021, elle a été acceptée comme Jeune artiste au Leeds Lieder Festival et a été demi-finaliste de la Helmut Deutsch International Lied Competition. Plus récemment, Marie a chanté les Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé de Ravel sous la baguette de Cameron Burns et la partie de soprano solo de la Quatrième Symphonie de Mahler avec le Glasgow International Symphony Orchestra sous la direction de Magnus Plejdrup

Lauréate du 3ème Prix et du Prix du Public au Concours Hurn Court Opera, elle a reçu le 2ème Prix Femme au Concours de Chant Lyrique d’Arles en 2022.

Elle a récemment chanté Louisa (A Feast in the Time of Plague, Cui) et The Maid (Four Sisters, Langer), recevant un accueil critique élogieux, puis le Taumännchen dans Hänsel und Gretel avec le Hampstead Garden Opera.

Elle vient de faire ses débuts à l'Opéra de Monte-Carlo dans le Feu, le Rossignol et la Princesse L’Enfant et les Sortilèges de Ravel.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat | Seen and Heard International | RCS 2022

“Well suited to the role of Mrs. P., Cayeux is not only a polished singer she is a calm, collected and stylish actress blessed with the talent for making challenges seem easy, especially her troubling concern for the well-being of her husband. A pianist too, Cayeux made short work of Mrs. P’s episode at the baby grand piano."

Four Sisters | Edinburgh Music Review | RCS 2023

“I reserve a special mention for Marie Cayeux. She has a captivating stage presence and an individual vocal character...Wow."

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“Well suited to the role of Mrs. P., Cayeux is not only a polished singer she is a calm, collected and stylish actress blessed with the talent for making challenges seem easy, especially her troubling concern for the well-being of her husband. A pianist too, Cayeux made short work of Mrs. P’s episode at the baby grand piano."

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat | Seen and Heard International | RCS 2022

“I reserve a special mention for Marie Cayeux. She has a captivating stage presence and an individual vocal character...Wow.”

Four Sisters | Edinburgh Music Review | RCS 2023

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