Valérie Gabail

Valérie Gabail

Lyric Soprano

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«Soprano Valerie Gabail, who gave a real speaking, tragic quality to the recitation of the story. At the moment when Orpheus can’t resist looking back, and Eurydice slips away from him, the moment’s silence from all four musicians had a real frisson.»
Ivan Hewett/ The Telegraph (Wigmore Hall) (2016)
«Valérie Gabail sings Zima’s triumphant song in praise of love and youth (‘Regnez Plaisirs et Jeux’, with trumpet, woodwind and timpani) with a full-bodied radiance and intelligence.»
David Vickers/ Gramophone (2016)
2015Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilègesL'enfant, la chouette, la pastourelle, la chauve-souris
2012Debussy: Pelléas et MélisandeYniold
2012Rameau: Les Indes GalantesZima
2012Rameau: Les Indes GalantesPhani
2011Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di PoppeaPoppea, drusilla
2009Berlioz: Les TroyensAscagne
2008Mozart: Don GiovanniZerlina
2008Haydn: Die SchöpfungSoprano
2006Rameau: Les Indes GalantesAmour
2006Rameau: PlatéeAmour
2006Rameau: PlatéeClarine
2004Purcell: The Fairy QueenA Fairy
2003Mozart: Die ZauberflötePapagena, Pamina
2001Monteverdi: L'OrfeoEuridice,
2000Bach J.S.: Matthäuspassion, BWV 244 (St. Matthew Passion)Soprano #1
2000Bach J.S.: Johannespassion, BWV 245 (St John Passion)Soprano
2000Mozart: RequiemSoprano
2000Gluck: Orfeo ed EuridiceAmour


The career of French soprano Valérie Gabail began at the age of 15 in vocal jazz & musical theatre, before transitioning to classical and baroque music, in which she is a recognized specialist.

First drawn to the attention of conductor Marc Minkowski, she was invited to perform with ensembles like Il Seminario Musicale, the Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, Les Paladins, Les Arts Florissants, Amarillis ensemble, the Ricercar Consort, Les Talens Lyriques, the Ensemble Mattheus. She has also worked with the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; collaborating with such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Michel Plasson, John Nelson, Ludovic Morlot, Kazushi Ono, Esa-Pekka Salonen...

She has appeared at the Opera National and Opera Comique in Paris, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Opera du Rhin in Strasbourg,

Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, the Wigmore Hall in London, and in major european festivals.

She has given recitals with pianists Philippe Cassard, Jeff Cohen and Daniel Tong.
Since being nominated in 2006 for the "Victoires de la Musique Classique", she has been enjoying experimenting with various  genres of music. Her collaborators are, among others, Finnish video director Marita Liulia, composer Kaija Saariaho, poet and singer John Greaves, French rock guitarist Olivier Mellano on his recordings La chair des Anges and HOW WE TRIED (label Naïve). In 2012 she performed the title role of POP-PEA in the video-rock opera presented at the Théâtre du Châtelet, opposite pop stars like the British Marc Almond, Carl Bârat or the French Benjamin Biolay. She has recently appeared on the last two albums of the latter, Palermo-Hollywood 1 & 2.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Ravel: L'enfant et les sortilèges L'enfant, la chouette, la pastourelle, la chauve-souris Jump In ready Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra 2015
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande Yniold Jump In ready La Monnaie Royal Opera 2012
Rameau: Les Indes Galantes Zima Immediately Viener Konzerthaus 2012
Rameau: Les Indes Galantes Phani Immediately Viener Konzerthaus 2012
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea Poppea, drusilla Jump In ready Opera Australia On Tour 2011


Victoires de la musique classique/ nominee lyric artist of the year