Sunday 21st August at 5 p.m. at the château



Of French-Moroccan heritage, she grew up in Switzerland, and studied Classics before devoting herself to singing. She was educated at the Conservatoire de Paris, where Emmanuelle Haim introduced her to the Baroque repertoire. Since then she has become a much sought-after performer by numerous ensembles and conductors, like William Christie, Patrick Cohen-Akénine, Philippe Pierlot, Hervé Niquet, Jordi Savall and Alessandro de Marchi. She has performed in the most famous concert halls in the world, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Nederlandse Opera,  la Salle Pleyel, the Philharmonia and the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Gran Liceu in Barcelona, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as numerous international festivals.

On stage, she has sung the roles of Iöle in Hercules by Handel, Nérine in Les Paladins by Rameau, the Faerie Queen by Purcell, Aeglé in Thésée by Lully, Amour in Pygmalion by Rameau, Amore and Minerva in The Return of Ulysees to his Homeland by Monteverdi with Philippe Pierlot and the Ricercar Consort in South Korea, and at the White Lights Festival in New York, Juno’s  priestess in Alcione by Marin Marais.

Very active in the world of oratorio , she has sung Maddelena in La Resurrezione by Handel, The Israelites in the Desert by C.P.E Bach, and Il Vespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi. Recently she has performed Cantata No.21 and the Magnificat by Bach with the Ricercar Consort at the Folle Journée de Nantes, and the Leçons de Ténèbres by Couperin with Les Timbres at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier.

Amongst her projects, a tour with the Israel Camerata in a programme of Bach and Handel, an outdoor song recital in Utrecht, and Monteverdi’s Madrigals and The Return of Ulysees to his Homeland at the Philharmonia in Luxembourg.

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Cécile RESTIER, piano


Cécile RESTIER is a talented French choirmistress , passionate about opera, with a wide experience of working with some of the most famous conductors and singers in a variety of performances. Born in Paris, she attended the Conservatoire there at a very young age, first in the class of Vocal Accompaniment (song and opera), and then piano, and then went on to receive three First Prizes between 2002 and 2005. She was also entrusted at the Conservatoire with the accompaniment of several song classes and vocal ensembles, and also with the course in Lyric Diction, all this during the time of her studies there from 2003 to 2007.

As a choirmistress, she has been invited to appear at numerous French theatres, notably l’Opéra-Comique and the Théatre de Chatelet in Paris, at the Opéras of Lyons, Rouen and Montpellier, the Philharmonia in Paris, as well as abroad, the Bard Summer Festival in the US, at La Monnaie in Brussels, the Festivals in Bregenz and Salzburg, and at Saint Cecilia’s Academy in Rome.

In 2007 she was appointed choirmistress at the Opera in Frankfurt and, in 2012, she was taken on by the prestigious Staatsoper in Vienna, where she worked with world-famous conductors, such as J.E.Gardiner, W.Christie, P.Carigniani, M.Armiliato, E.Pido, J Lopos Cobos……as well as some of the greatest singers, like P.Domingo, JDFlorez, P.Beczala, R.Alagna, A.Gheorghiu, F. Furlanetto…….

Since 2018 she has been teaching Diction and French Phonetics at the Musik und Kunst, University of Vienna.

She also performs numerous recitals and concerts ; soon she will accompany Juan Diego Florez at the Musikverein in Graz, and Rachel Frenkel at the Musikverein in Vienna.

At the moment she is working on two new productions, at the Opéra-Comique and at the Salzburg Festival.     


Mélodies on poems by Verlaine and Goethe

Gabriel FAURÉ (1845-1924) - Five melodies of Venise op.58 (1891)


En sourdine


A Clymène

C'est l'extase langoureuse


Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) - Ariettes oubliées (1888)

 C'est l'extase langoureuse

Il pleure dans mon coeur

L'Ombre des arbres

Chevaux de bois - Paysages Belges

Aquarelles - I. Green

Aquarelles II. Spleen




Hugo WOLF (1860-1903) - Lieder on poems by Goethe

 Die Bekehrte

Die Spröde


Mignon I : Heiss mich nicht reden

Mignon II : Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt

Mignon III : So lasst mich scheinen

Mignon : Kennst du das Land



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