Sylvie Valayre

Sylvie Valayre

Born in Paris, Sylvie Valayre graduated at the conservatory of her home town

under the guidance of Christiane Eda-Pierre and Regine


For one of her first appearances on stage, Mstislav Rostropovich and Galina

Vishnevskaya asked her to perform the title role in their production of Nikolai

Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride at the Rome Opera in 1988.

n 1996, with the production of Venice's La Fenice, she made her debut in

Warsaw in the part of Elisabetta in Don Carlo. A few months later followed her

debuts in Nabucco at Royal Opera House Covent Garden and in Don Carlo

at Royal Albert Hall in London. In 1997, Milan invited her onto the famous

stage of La Scala to perform Ponchielli's La Gioconda. Her debut in Milan was

soon followed by other debuts at other famous opera houses and concert

platforms such as debuts in Verdi's Jerusalem at Carnegie Hall in New York,

in Nabucco, Aida and Tosca at Arena di Verona. Her first performances at the

Metropolitan Opera in Madama Butterfly followed in January 2000. She later

returned to the Met as Maddalena in Andrea Chénier with Placido Domingo

and James Levine as well as in the role of Tosca.

Sylvie Valayre frequently performs for the most important opera companies

around the world such as the Lyric Opera Chicago (Tosca), in Madrid

(amongst other parts Chrysothemis in Elektra with Daniel Barenboim),

Brussel’s La Monnaie (Macbeth with Antonio Pappano), Deutsche Oper

Berlin (Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten with Christian Thielemann and

many other roles), Staatsoper Berlin (amongst other her first Turandot under

the baton of Kent Nagano), Washington National Opera (Fedora with Plácido

Domingo and other parts), Opernhaus Z├╝rich (Manon Lescaut with Nello

Santi and a lot of other roles), Glyndebourne (Lady Macbeth with Vladimir

Jurowski) and at the Vienna State Opera in many roles of her repertoire.

Most recently, she performed Tosca an der Opéra de Bastille in Paris, Lady

Macbeth at Semperoper Dresden, Abigaille in Nabucco at San Diego Opera,

Turandot in Monte-Carlo and Tosca at Staatsoper Berlin. As Turandot, she

inaugurated the new opera house of Guangzhou in China under the baton of

Lorin Maazel in May 2010.

In 2010/11, Sylvie Valayre returns to the Opéra Bastille in Paris as Giorgetta

in Puccini’s Il tabarro under the baton of Philippe Jordan,

sings a gala performance of Madama Butterfly in Mannheim and gives her

debuts at Beejing Opera as Turandot and at Royal Opera Copenhagen as

Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten.

January 2011