Opéra National de Paris Announces First ‘Troupe Lyrique’ in 30 Years

By David Salazar

The Opéra National de Paris has announced that for the first time in 30 years, it will feature a “troupe lyrique” made up of seven singers.

The artists include soprano Emy Gazeilles, soprano Ilanah Lobel-Torres, mezzo-soprano Marine Chagnon, tenor Nicholas Jones, tenor Maciej Kwasnikowski, baritone Florent Mbia, and bass Alejandro Baliñas Vieites. The group, which will take on over 30 roles throughout the 2023-24 season, was selected through an audition process that featured over 570 candidates from 24 different countries.

The company will have the option of extending the artists for a second or even third season.

Gazeilles will appear in “Cendrillon,” “Don Quichotte,” and as the cover for Cleopatra in “Giulio Cesare.” Lobel-Torres will appear in “The Makropoulus Case,” “Adriana Lecouvreur,” “The Exterminating Angel,” and “Salome.” Chagnon will appear in “Don Giovanni,” “Cendrillon,” “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges,” “Adriana Lecouvreur,” “La Traviata,” and “Don Quichotte.” Jones will take on roles in “The Makropoulus Case,” “Turandot,” “Adriana Lecouvreur,” “Don Quichotte,” and “Salome.” Kwasnikowski will appear in “Turandot,” “La Traviata,” “Don Quichotte,” and “Salome.” Mbia will take on roles in “Turandot,” “La Traviata,” “Salome,” and “La Vestale.” Finally, Vieites will appear in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann,” “Adriana Lecouvreur,” “La Traviata,” “Simon Boccanegra,” and “Salome.”