Nathalie Stutzmann (Contralto)

Associate Artist, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Associate Artist, Orchestre National de Bordeaux for the 2016/17 season
Principal Guest Conductor of RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland (commencing September 2017)

credit: Simon Fowler


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Nathalie Stutzmann is considered one of the most outstanding musical personalities of our time. The possessor of a true Contralto voice, Nathalie has an exclusive contract with Warner Classics/Erato as a singer and conductor. Nathalie is Associate Artist of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra – in the first of a three-year multi-dimensional collaboration, drawing on her talents both as a contralto and as a conductor. She is also Associate Artist of the Orchestre National de Bordeaux for the 2016/17 season, including conducting and contralto work, and has recently been announced as Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, commencing in September 2017.

Nathalie sings regularly with the world’s greatest conductors and orchestras. Plans for the 2016/17 season include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Christoph Eschenbach, and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with Paul Daniel and Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine. Particularly acclaimed for her performances of Mahler, highlights of recent seasons have included performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 at the Verbier Festival/Michael Tilson-Thomas, with Berliner Philharmoniker/Sir Simon Rattle, with Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Andrés Orozco-Estrada and with Sao Paulo State Symphony/Marin Alsop, Rückert-Lieder at National Symphony Orchestra Washington/Eschenbach and Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Petrenko.


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    Quella Fiamma

    Label: Erato

    Release Date: 27 Dec 17

    The Arie Antiche compiled by Alessandro Parisotti are known to each and every student of classical singing. But with Quella Fiamma, Nathalie Stutzmann and Orfeo 55 breathe new fire into this primer for the voice, performing these songs and arias with original orchestrations, as they would have been heard in their day. Before they were lessons, they were high art.

    This album is a selection of pieces from Arie antiche, a 19th Century collection of songs edited by Alessandro Parisotti to be a vocal primer. Though now more famous as the editor of Arie antiche, Parisotti was also a composer, and he managed to slip one of his own works into the book by attributing to Giovanni Pergolesi his song “Se tu m’ami”. The collection was very much a part of the trend to rediscover old and forgotten works, and the popularity of the three-volume set has endured to this day.

    For this album the musicians of Orfeo 55 have worked painstakingly to source original scores and to edit the parts as necessary. While the instrumental works are not part of Parisotti’s primer, they provide brief musical interludes between the songs to enhance the overall listening experience and bring these works together into a coherent programme.


    “One has to admire […] Stutzmann’s rich, wine-dark voice, noble emotional articulation and, when required, flashy virtuosity. Some of these arias are simply ravishing in her hands”

    “One of the great baroque singers of our day.”

    Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone, Jan 18

    “Die von dieser Altistin interpretierten antiken Arien sind allesamt ein Hörgenuss.”

    Dirk Kruse, BR Klassik, 21 Jan 18

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    Handel: Heroes from the shadows

    Label: Erato / Warner Classics

    Release Date: 14 Nov 14

    Heroes from the Shadows makes stars of the unfairly overlooked roles. Stutzmann conducts her superb musicians playing on Baroque instruments, while singing some of Handel’s most virtuosic arias, all with a rare mastery of both arts – neither one in the shadow of the other.

    conductor/contralto: Nathalie Stutzmann

    Orfeo 55

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    Bach - Une Cantate Imaginaire

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 05 Nov 12

    Une Cantate Imaginaire
    conductor/contralto: Nathalie Stutzmann
    Orfeo 55

    “Stutzmann performs as soloist and director, imbuing these accounts with personality and vision. Her contralto is distinctive -at once voluptuous and androgynous, with an impressively wide range and sure technique . . . Stutzmann really captures the sublime quality of Bach’s sacred music, and the instrumentalists of Orfeo 55 shape the contours and paint the colours of his counterpoint with eloquent grace. The pristine recording throws the details into high relief.”

    Kate Bolton, BBC Music Magazine, March 2013

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    Vivaldi: Prima Donna

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 27 Jun 11

    Prima Donna
    conductor/contralto: Nathalie Stutzmann
    Orfeo 55


    “Stutzmann’s heady mixture of raw energy, high-octane passion and stunning vocal acrobatics works marvellously in this imaginatively planned recital . . . It’s a “tour de force” not only for singing – Stutzmann also shows great prowess as a conductor, inspiring her ensemble Orfeo 55 in vibrant and expressive performances throughout.”

    Erik Levi, BBC Music Magazine, 2011

    “It is one thing to be eclectic, it is entirely another to show the same talent in all fields. Moving to Deutsche Grammophon, with bag and baggage, not to mention a baton, Nathalie Stutzmann certifies that everything she does, she does well.  Under her leadership, the orchestra imposes itself in exemplary manner. The timbres are fruity, the cantabile delicate, the attack free.  The colors vary wonderfully, and she draws from the instruments a wealth of shades.”

    Sylvain Fort, Classica, May 2011

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    Bach / Marc Minkowski

    Label: Naïve

    Release Date: 04 May 09

    Bach B Minor Mass
    Marc Minkowski, conductor
    Les Musiciens du Louvre

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    Ravel L’enfant et les sortilèges

    Label: EMI

    Release Date: 07 Apr 09

    L’enfant et les sortilèges
    Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
    Berliner Philharmoniker

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    Mahler Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"

    Label: Sony

    Release Date: 19 Dec 00

    Mahler Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’
    Seiji Ozawa, conductor
    Saito Kinen Orchestra
    Live recording

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    Label: RCA Victor Red SEAL

    Release Date: 01 Jan 93

    Volume 1: Dichterliebe, Frauenliebe und Leben, Catherine Collard, RCA Victor Red SEAL 1993

    Volume 2: Liederkreis, Catherine Collard, RCA Victor Red SEAL 1994

    Volume 3: Kerner Lieder, Inger Södergren, RCA Victor Red SEAL 1996

    Volume 4: Lieder Album für die Jugend, Inger Södergren, RCA Victor Red SEAL 1998

    Volume 5: Liederkreis; Romanzen; Balladen, Inger Södergren, RCA Victor Red SEAL 2000