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In 2008 whilst studying musicology, voice and piano in Montpellier, Marianne Crebassa, then just 21, was engaged by the Opéra de Montpellier for Schumann’s Manfred conducted by Hervé Niquet. Since then, she has been invited to the Opera and the Festival de Radio France for projects including Pizetti’s Fedra, Debussy’s Le Martyr de Saint Sebastian conducted by Alain Altinoglu, and Bellini’s Zaira, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Lehar’s Friederike conducted by Lawrence Foster.
In 2010, following a critically acclaimed appearance as Isabella Linton in Herrmann’s opera Wuthering Heights at the Festival de Radio France, Ms. Crebassa began a two-year contract with Paris Opera’s young artists programme, the "Atelier Lyrique". May 2011 saw her debut in the title role of Gluck’s Orphée in the Atelier’s annual opera production. In 2011-2012, she appeared in productions of Lulu and Rigoletto on the main stage and sang her first Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera) with the Atelier.
July 2011 saw her return to the Festival de Radio France and Montpellier to sing the title role of Halevy’s La Magicienne conducted by Lawrence Foster.
In August 2012 Marianne Crebassa made her debut at the Salzburg Festival as Irene in Handel’s Tamerlano conducted by Marc Minkowski and starring Placido Domingo. She soon returned to Salzburg for the Mozart Festwochen in a new production of Lucio Silla with Rolando Villazon. The production was also played at the 2013 festival. 2014 concert engagements took her to the Musikverein Vienna for Le Martyr de Saint Sebastien, to the Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon for Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette and to the Bremen Festival for a revival of Lucio Silla.
During the 2013-2014 season, Marianne Crebassa sang Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) in Montpellier and Siebel (Faust) in Amsterdam; new productions and concert engagements took her back to the Festival de Saint Denis, to the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and on a European tour with Les Musiciens du Louvre.
Summer 2014 marked her return to the Salzburg Festival, this time singing the title role in a new opera written by Marc-André Dalbavie based on the life of Charlotte Salomon.
Most recently, Crebassa made noted debuts at La Scala in Lucio Silla and at the Berlin Staatoper in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. In Salzburg, she returned to the Mozart Festwochen for an exciting project based on the music from Mozart’s oratorio Davide Penitente, directed by Bartabas and conducted by Marc Minkowski. In concert she sang Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with the Orchestre National de France conducted by Daniele Gatti, and Ravel’s Scheherazade with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. She appeared with Les Musiciens du Louvre in a gala concert to mark the opening of the Philharmonie in Paris, as well as making her American debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in L’enfant et les Sortilèges under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen. Future engagements include Le nozze di Figaro in Vienna (her Staatsoper debut), Amsterdam et Milan (Scala), Roméo et Juliette in Chicago, La clemenza di Tito with the Opéra de Paris, and the title role of Fantasio with the Opéra-Comique in Paris.