théodora cottarel

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Praised for her “…ardor and warmth…” by the Houston Press, soprano Théodora Cottarel has been singing internationally in both operas and concerts. Broadway World has written: “Cottarel’s wielded power lends to her delicateness. Her singing is thoroughly enjoyable and the expression of solid warmth is neatly articulated through her emotions.” She has also been featured as a “Rising Star” by Tam Tam Magazine. In the 2018/2019 season, Théodora will sing Fiordiligi (Cosí fan tutte), the Angel (Jarireh, a Persian opera) and Micaëla (Carmen) in Boston. She will also sing in Paris in concert with Ensemble Via Luce (Concert Rossini), at Boston University, with Quator Rinascimento, with Faites Entrer les Musiciens, and reprise Love’s Heralds. “Armed with confidence and purity of tone…”, Théodora had her first successes as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) in New York, and triumphed as Elvira (Don Giovanni ) and Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia) in Houston. In Europe, she sang, Arminda (La Finta Giardinera), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Manon (Manon) and Norina (Don Pasquale) in France; Despina (Così fan tutte) in Italy, and Polly (Beggar’s Opera) et Shadow Jo (Little Women –EU Premier) in Belgium. Among her other roles are: Donatella (Nina de Paisiello – USA premier), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica) and Maria (Edward Poll’s Yerma– world premier) in America. In concert, Théodora sang at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées where she had the honor of performing with Lambert Wilson and Jay Gottlieb, alongside artistic giants such as Menahem Pressler, Ivry Gitlis, and Charlotte Rampling. She also sang in Concert with Le Festival Présences Féminines, Gabrielle Goliath’s Elegy with Do Disturb Festival and Love’s Heralds a production inspired by Shakespeare’s works. You may have heard her in Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in Do or Mozart’s Vesperae solennes with the Rome Philharmonic. She also premiered Dualités Déconcertantes under Vincent Renaud’s baton. Recently, Théodora was a finalist in the George Enesco Competition, and participated in Nei Stemmen’s Gala Concert in Luxembourg. Passionate about acting, Théodora has had the privilege of working with the late Elizabeth Kemp and interned under her at the Actor’s Studio. She has also trained in Catherine Malfitano’s ActSing and with director and writer Claudine Hunault. Born in the United States to French parents, Théodora received her Bachelor’s of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. She has studied with Marilyn Horne, Jennifer Larmore, Trish McCaffrey, Annick Massis, and Lionel Sarrazin.