High tight bun, bare shoulder, loose black tunic of an ancient goddess, Marie-Laure Garnier is the female chorus of the Rape of Lucretius, by Benjamin Britten, which has just been put on by the Théâtre du Capitole, in Toulouse, from May 23 to 30. Collective, narrative and omniscient character, symbolic of tragedy. “I come from the bottom of the ages and I already know everything that will happenexplains the opera singer the day after the first performance. This is why I evolve on stage with a very slow rhythm, which requires a lot of energy: a still body is only expressive if it is mentally nourished. »
Concentration and rigor nourish the art of the 33-year-old French singer, born in Kourou, Guyana, whose talent and voice command interest and admiration. Witness the soprano Véronique Gens, whose advice Marie-Laure Garnier followed from the first master class session organized in 2017 by the Orsay-Royaumont Academy around French melody: “She is a singer who impresses me, both for his radiance, his great humility, and for the richness and breadth of his voiceshe assures. She could impress but prefers to work with finesse and subtlety. »
Marie-Laure Garnier left her family at 14 to fly to Paris, more than 7,000 kilometers away. Flutist, she joined a high school in class with flexible hours as well as the Conservatory with regional influence at 14, rue de Madrid, in the 8e arrondissement. Her destiny as a singer emerges little by little: the teenager enters the Maîtrise de Paris under the direction of Patrick Marco. A great experience, between romantic repertoire and contemporary music, and, above all, with an operatic production each year.
The soprano fondly remembers the world premiere, on June 2, 2007, of the Verfügbar in the underworld, by Germaine Tillion, at the Théâtre du Châtelet. “That day, I told myself that it was this life that I wanted”, says the one who competes, two years later, to enter the singing class of Malcolm Walker at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, from which she graduated seven years later.
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It is in this Parisian context that Marie-Laure Garnier and pianist Célia Oneto Bensaid met. First in 2004, then in 2011. “I absolutely wanted to enter Jeff Cohen’s chamber music class, and I needed a duoremembers Célia Oneto Bensaid. I thought of Marie-Laure. We hadn’t seen each other for a few years, but I wrote to him on Facebook, and we haven’t been apart since. » In 2018, the first concerts arrive, the first successes too. Then the pandemic, and a new album.
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