(Credit: Bernard Martinez)
France has announced its traditional New Year’s list of honors.
Among those awarded by the La Grande Chancellerie de la Légion d’honneur is the famed soprano Patricia Petibon, making her a Chevalier of Légion d’honneur.
Prior to her stardom, Patricia Petibon studied the visual arts, including painting and subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree in musicology. She graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieure de Musique in 1995.
The soprano has appeared on the world’s greatest operatic stages, including the Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Real in Madrid, Opéra Comique in Paris, Theater an der Wien, Malmö Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Grand Théâtre de Genève, among many others. The soprano has also taken part at the biggest opera festivals, including the Salzburg Festival and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, among others.
Petibon’s recordings include titles like “Les Fantaisies de Patricia Petibon,” “French Touch,” an album featuring French Arias, a solo album with French Baroque Arias, “Orlando Paladino” with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and “La passione di Gesù” with Fabio Biondi. Other notable recordings include duets from Händel operas with Emmanuelle Haïm, “Werther,” and “Die Entführung aus dem Serail.”
Petibon is slated to perform the role of Dede in Bernstein’s “A Quiet Place” at the Opéra national de Paris in March 2022. In addition to numerous recitals, Petibon is also on tour with La Cetra and Andrea Marcon as well as with the French Baroque ensemble Amarillis.