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 Zürich (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.