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Caroline Meng

Mezzo-soprano

Caroline Meng

Caroline Meng started her musical education with the piano, for which she was awarded two first prizes (solo,chamber music). She later received a DEM in voice from the Conservatory “à rayonnement régional” of Paris (CRR).She further studied with Malcom Walker and attented master classes with Jennifer Larmore, Veronica Cangemi and Sylvie Valayre.

Since then, Caroline Meng has performed in a variety of musical forms and styles ranging from opera to recital and sacred concerts, with a special dedication to contemporary creation.

On stage, she sang the title roles in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Schumann’s Le Paradis et la Péri. She was Cephisa in Telemann’s Orpheus at the Cité de la Musique in Paris and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Royal Versailles Opera as well as on tour, in a production by Yoshi Oida. She also sang the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris and Saint Gall (Switzerland), and the second woman/second witch in the same opera at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Under David Stern’s direction, she was Ismène in Telemann’s Orpheus at the Magderburg opera, in a production by Jakob Peters-Messer.

Caroline Meng regularly performes in concerts, both in recitals and sacred repertoire. She was invited to sing Verdi opera excerpts at the Geneva great gala, sang with the Fuoco E Cenere ensemble, at the Sierre castle (Switzerland) and at the Amman festival (Jordan). In addition, she regularly collaborates with pianist Fériel Kaddour. Her sacred repertoire performances include Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation mass, J.L. Bach’s Trauermusikand Duruflé’s Requiem.

Caroline Meng was involved in multiple contemporary creation projects. She was the soprano soloist in Thierry Machuel’s Psalm conducted by Laurence Equilbey (Naïve recording), in the Deux visages show with saxophonist Jean-Pierre Baraglioli (Daphaneo recording) and in the show Mémoire de harpes created by Frédérique Cambreling and produced by the IRCAM (France). She sang the third Rhone girl in the opera Maître Zacharius written and conducted by Jean-Marie Curti at the Geneva Bfm and on tour.

In 2011/2012, she was Cesonia in Pagliardi’s Caligula, conducted by Vincent Dumestre, in collaboration with the puppet company form Palermo and Mimmo Cuticchio, at the Athénée theater, the Reims opera, the Sablé festival and on tour. She also sang Bellezza and Hero in Cavalli’s Egisto conducted by Vincent Dumestre, at the Opéra Comique and the Rouen opera, in a production by Benjamin Lazar.

She will return in these three roles during the 2012/2013 season, including at the Luxembourg great theater and the Bastille opera amphitheater. She will also sing Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte conducted by David Stern, as well as the third mermaid in a new opera “to be titled” by Federico Gardella at the Royaumont foundation.

In addition to her singing activities, Caroline Meng is a tenured vocal coach at the CRR of Paris, and as such accompanies multiple competitions, master classes and vocal recitals with the piano (including at Arcal, Radio France and Versailles Molière month).

She is also a member of the pedagogic team of the Sotto Voce children choir, conducted by Scott Prouty.

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With Opera Fuoco: Cosi fan tutte - Cosi Fanciulli - Concert-rencontre Cosi fan tutte - Masterclass Cosi fan tutte - Orpheus - Don Giovanni - Dido & Aeneas - JephthaConcert-Rencontre Bel Canto - Educational Activities Giulio Cesare - Educational Activities Don Giovanni - Educational Activities Rita - Masterclass Rameau & Les Cantates Françaises - Masterclass Haendel - Masterclass Bel Canto Jennifer Larmore - Masterclass Opera Baroque - Masterclass Bel Canto Veronica Cangemi
Sound, photos & videos: Orpheus - Don Giovanni - Dido & Aeneas - Jephtha - Educational Activities Giulio Cesare