„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!” A music-magazine of the German radio network SWR 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.
Marie-Claude Chappuis pursued her vocal studies at the music-conservatory of her hometown, Fribourg, and at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Having first been a steady member of the Innsbruck Opera ensemble – led by Brigitte Fassbaender that time – she succeeded to attain the international leading musical venues.
The milestones of her career so far included Idomeneo (Idamante) staged and conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Graz and Zürich, Il Matrimonio Inaspettato (Contessa) by Paisiello, under Riccardo Muti at Salzburg Festival and La Damnation de Faust (Marguerite) under Sir Roger Norrington in Leipzig.
Within the last years she joined productions such as Cavalieri’s Rappresentazione di Anima et Corpo (Anima) under René Jacobs at the Berlin State Opera and The fairy Queen staged by Mariame Clément and conducted by Christophe Rousset at the Theater an der Wien. 2017/18 was highlighted by her debut at the Teatro alla Scala (Fierrabras) under Daniel Harding. She subsequently performed Offenbach's La Belle Hélène (title role) at the Theater St Gallen as well as the revival of Dido and Aeneas in a staging by Sasha Walts & Guests at the Staatsoper Berlin and at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
In 2020/21 she performed Dido in a new production of Dido&Aeneas at the Grand Théâtre de Genève (Emmanuelle Haïm conducting) that will be revived in 2021/22 at the Lille Opera and at the Théâtre de Luxembourg.
In concert, she has recently performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Jonathan Nott (Beethoven's 9th, live concert broadcast by Arte TV), the Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini (Haydn's Arianna a Naxos), the New Japan Philharmonic and Ingo Metzmacher (Beethoven's Missa Solemnis), the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington (Purcell's Dido and Aeneas) as well as the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Zubin Mehta (Beethoven's 9th).
On concert-stage she has recently sung with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Jonathan Nott (Betthoven's Symphony Nr. 9 live broadcasted by Arte TV), Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini (Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos), the New Japan Philharmonic and Ingo Metzmacher (Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis), the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Roger Norrington (Dido and Aeneas) as well as the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Zubin Mehta (Beethoven's Symphony Nr. 9)
Marie-Claude Chappuis sings frequently recitals accompanied by the lute player Luca Pianca and the pianists Malcolm Martineau, Cédric Pescia and Christian Chamorel. Her already extensive discography includes Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion with Riccardo Chailly (Decca), La Clemenza di Tito (Annio) with René Jacobs (nominated for a Grammy Awards and released by Harmonia Mundi), Telemann’s Brockes-Passion, Mozart Requiem with the Freiburger Barockorchester and René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi, 2017), Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Kammerorchester Basel and Giovanni Antonini (Sony, 2018) as well as solo albums with lutenist Luca Pianca ("Sous l'empire d'Amour", Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, 2017) and folksongs from Switzerland („Au coeur des Alpes“, Sony Classical, 2018). In preparation, J.S. Bach's h-minor Mass with the Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, the RIAS Kammerchor and René Jacobs (on the label Harmonia Mundi).