Camille Butcher

Camille Butcher


lyric soprano
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Camille Butcher was born and brought up in Wales in a French/English household. She currently lives in Berlin with her family and works freelance. Camille was a principle soloist at Konzert Theater Bern from 2012 and began her first season there with a highly acclaimed debut in the role of Marzelline in the 1805 version of Beethoven's “Fidelio”. She went on to sing many roles in Bern including the title role in Janáček's “The Cunning Little Vixen”, Julia de Weert in Künneke's “Der Vetter aus Dingsda”, Echo in “Ariadne auf Naxos” and 2nd Niece in “Peter Grimes”. Camille enjoyed success in the 2014/2015 season as Pamina in Nigel Lowery's new production of  “Die Zauberflöte” and La Musica and Euridice in Monterverdi's “L'Orfeo”. From 2009-2011 Camille was a member of the International Opera Studio in Zürich and sang various roles at Opernhaus Zürich, such as Gretel in "Hänsel und Gretel", Ein junger Hirt in "Tannhäuser", 1. Solostimme and 1. nackte Jungfrau in "Moses und Aron". During her time at the opera studio she also sang Pamina in “Die Zauberflöte” in 2010 in Bregenz, Austria and was engaged to sing Papagena at Nationaltheater Mannheim, Germany in 2011. Whilst at the Opera Studio Camille featured in the documentary 'La Voce in Bellezza' directed by Sabine Gisiger which was broadcast several times on SRF in Switzerland and on ARTE in Germany and France. In the season of 2011/12 Camille was invited to sing Mimì in “Scènes de la vie de Bohème” at Grand Théâtre de Genève and Marzelline in a concert performance of “Fidelio” (1814) with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She continued to sing Papagena in “Die Zauberflöte” in Mannheim and sang her debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin in the role of Pamina. Camille also sang Mozart's C minor Mass in Salzburg with the Mozarteum Orchestra in a staged production at Salzburger Landestheater. Camille studied in Wales at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and in Germany at Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and Lübeck Musikhochschule and at this time sang the roles of First Witch in Händel's "Dido and Aeneas", the title role in Orff's "Die Kluge", Laura in Millöcker's "Der Bettelstudent" and was engaged to sing Barbarina in "Le Nozze di Figaro" at Theater Pforzheim. After graduating in 2009, Camille sang Anna Reich in "Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor" at Schloss Weikersheim and subsequently won the «Walter und Charlotte Hamel Stiftung» prize for the most promising opera singer. On the concert platform Camille has appeared as a soloist in Händel's "The Messiah", Mahler's "Symphony No. 4", Bach's "Weihnachtsoratorium", Haydn's “Die Jahreszeiten” and Mendelssohn's “Paulus” and has sung recitals at the Brahms Festival in Lübeck, Opernhaus Zürich and Konzert Theater Bern. Camille has worked with conductors such as Christoph von Dohnanyì, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Dan Ettinger, Ingo Metzmacher, Lan Shui, Mario Venzago und Zsolt Hamar among others. Directors with whom Camille has worked include Achim Freyer, Harry Kupfer, Jens Daniel Herzog,  Ludger Engels, Lydia Steier, Joachim Schlömer and Markus Bothe.
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