Isabelle Druet is one of the most appreciated mezzo-sopranos of her generation. She passes with equal happiness from opera to recital and crosses the centuries from Monteverdi to Britten with disconcerting ease.
A musician with an atypical background, she first trained in the theater, then made her first steps as a singer in current and traditional music, while studying singing at the CNSMD in Paris. Numerous awards soon followed ("Promising lyrical artist 2007" from ADAMI, winner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition 2008, Most Promising lyrical Artist at the "Victoires de la musique classique 2010", Rising Star 2013) and engagements in the greatest opera houses and with the most renowned ensembles.
Her broad repertoire covers roles like CARMEN at the Opera of Düsseldorf / Duisburg, the Opéra national de Lorrain and the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, the title role of L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz, Dido/DIDO AND AENEAS on national tour and in Brussels, Tisbé/LA CENERENTOLA, La Ciesca/GIANNI SCHICCHI and Annina/LA TRAVIATA at the Opéra national de Paris, Baba la Turque/THE RAKE’S PROGRESS at the Opéra de Nice, at the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg as well as in Caen, Reims, Rouen, Limoges, Melanto and Fortuna IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Opéra de Dijon, Concepción/L’HEURE ESPAGNOLe at the Lyon Auditorium, the Salle Pleyel and the Barbican Center in London, Orphée/ORPHÉE ED EURYDICE at the Opéra de Limoges and the Théâtre de Besançon, La Sagesse, Sidonie et Mélisse/ARMIDE at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Arcabonne/AMADIS in Avignon and Massy, the 3rd/DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Festival d'Aix en Provence, at the Salle Pleyel, the Berlin Philharmonic and on tour in Europe, the title role of La PÉRICHOLE and Nerissa/LE MERCHAND DE VENISE at the Opéra de Saint-Etienne, or Béatrice/BÉATRICE ET BENEDICT and Cassandre/LA PRISE DE TROI at the Berlioz Festival in La Côte Saint-André.
She has been working with conductors like François-Xavier Roth, Leonard Slatkin, René Jacobs, Raphaël Pichon, Laurence Equilbey and alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, the Gürzenich Orchester, the TonhalleOrchester Zürich, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the National Orchestra of Lyon, the Orchestre National de Liège, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pygmalion ensemble, the Arts Florissants, the Berliner Barocksolisten and the Insula orchestra.
Isabelle Druet's discography includes recordings with Vincent Dumestre's Le Poème Harmonique, her recitals with pianists Johanne Ralambondrainy (Jardin Nocturne) and Anne Le Bozec (Shakespeare songs), Ravel's SHÉHÉRAZADE and L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE with the Orchestre national de Lyon conducted by Leonard Slatkin, an Alma Mahler / Zemlinsky program with the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche Comté conducted by Jean-François Verdier or the DVD IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA with Emmanuel Haïm's Concert d'Astrée.
Future engagements include Béatrice/BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICT at the Cologne Opera and CORONIS at the Opéra Comique as well as Mahler’s 2nd SYMPHONY and Ravel’s KADDISH with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, a concert with l'Orchestre Victor Hugo franche-Comté and several other concert projects all around France.