MONIQUE MONDON – MUTH

Bild1Born into a very musical five-person family in Lorraine (France) she got used to singing together in polyphony from her early childhood. Monique’s father strictly supervised all musical activity and from her fifth year also her piano studies. When she heard a recording of Maria Callas at the age of ten she was so mesmerized that she decided to become a professional singer. She bought piano excerpts of operas with her own pocket money and started to study the soprano parts. Her only teacher for this was “Callas”. At thirteen she got the first prize at singing competition of a parish fair for singing the famous aria from the opera Lakmé. The local press wrote about it so enthusiastically that the National Conservatory of Nancy decided to take her in a solo-singing class.

When she got the “Prix d’exellence” with unanimity from the conservatory – a rarely awarded distinction – at the young age of twenty, she had already started an active life on stage. She had already been awarded numerous national and international distinctions for her opera singing: as a prizewinner and finalist in Paris from the UFAM as well as the Concours Artistique, in Colmar at the Concours des Solistes and in Nancy from the Association Musique Culture et Arts.

But being a lover of poetry from childhood on and having deepened this love later in the Vienna Music University by obtaining the title “Magistra Artium” for her thesis about “The inteBild2rpretation of the German Romantic Lied”, she mainly specialized in the repertoire of the German Lied and French melodies. She devoted herself to conveying this love to a wider public – amongst many others at the “Festival Beethoven” in Nancy, Vienna Festival and at the Festival of Tarnov.

Monique changed then from the coloratura soprano into the more lyrical range: from Gilda, the Fire and the Nightingale (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Lucia, Constanze (The Abduction from the Seraglio), to Margarethe (Faust), . . . Pamina (The Magic Flute), … .

She appeared in Vienna for the first time at “Zehn Jahre Premiere der Jugend” with Buttefly and Louise.

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Discographie

  • Musica sacra with Wolfgang Reisinger, organ, St. Brigitta-Wien
  • Lieder von F.Schubert, R.Schumann, H.Duparc und F.Liszt with pianist Irene Gernert
  • Lieder von R.Schumann, J.Marx, R.Strauss, G.Fauré, E.Granados,             F.J.Obradors und J.Rodriguez
  • „Mozartopernabend“ arias from the opera
  • Arien aus Lakmé, Le Barbier de Séville, Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Manon und La Traviata

 

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