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The conclusion of the pregnant Pamina story:
Hamburg State Opera and I have reached an agreement regarding the conditions of the termination of my guest contract for the role of Pamina in ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in May 2018. One year on, I am happy to announce that following proceedings at the Stage Arbitration Court in Hamburg, I have received my full agreed fee as compensation for the short-term cancellation of my employment in the production. As some of you may remember, apart from my initial announcement, I have gone to great lengths not to talk about this matter publicly. Now that the agreement has been reached, I’m proud to have stood up for what is right, and I hope this incident and the ruling will help set a good example for other pregnant women and other opera houses.
Thank you for your support during this time.
Julie Fuchs’s 2nd Album, Mademoiselle, is now available!
Since the release of her first Deutsche Grammophon album, Yes!, the French soprano Julie Fuchs has become a beloved star of the opera scene both in her native France and abroad. As a followup to the success of her first album, which included Operetta and French song, Julie Fuchs returns with an album focused on opera during the 19th century.
Dedicated to Bel Canto with arias in three different languages (French, Italian and Spanish), this new album entitled “Mademoiselle” tells the story of the emancipation of a young women as the listener is guided through a careful collection of arias. Ms. Fuchs carefully chose both well-known and rare arias, some of which were recorded for the first time on this album. In addition to this theme of emancipation, the album is tied together dramatically in that the majority of the operatic characters are orphans or young women who seek an alternate destiny than the one they have been predestined to accept.
Ms. Fuchs makes her return to the stage, after her maternity leave. This month, she sings the role of Eurydice in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers at the Opéra Grand Avignon. Performances are December 28, 30, and 31, and additional information can be found here.
On the 28th of September, Julie Fuchs gave birth to her son, Darío Gutierrez-Fuchs. The whole family is overjoyed and healthy.
Le pêcheurs de perles, a live recording featuring Julie Fuchs as Leïla, was awarded the Diapason d’Or by Diapason Magazine, the Choc de Classica by Classica Magazine, and was given a diamant by Opéra magazine. Recently released on the Pentatone Music label, it is available here.
Julie Fuchs recognized by France Musique for her strong social media presence, and her use of the “live” facebook feature in particular. Listen to the broadcast here.
Julie Fuchs’s 2018/19 season is now available here. She begins her season in Avignon as Eurydice in a new production of Orphée aux enfers at Opéra Grand Avignon. Her season continues in Paris, Bordeaux, Zürich and Salzburg, where she sings both in productions and recitals.
Julie Fuchs finishes her season with a triumph as Poppea at Opernhaus Zürich, and begins her maternity leave following the completion of the run. She returns to the stage in December 2018 as Eurydice in a new production of Orphée aux enfers at Opéra Grand Avignon.
Julie Fuchs sings the role of Poppea in a new Calixto Bieito production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea on June 24th, 27th, and 30th, and July 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 12th at the Opernhaus Zurich in Switzerland. Ottavio Dantone conducts.
Julie Fuchs performs at the launch of the Deutsche Grammophon + channel in Paris on April 26th, with cellist Camille Thomas and violinist Nemanja Radulović. This new, on-demand channel was created with Canal +, and features a large catalog of Deutsche Grammophon recordings – both video and audio content.
“I was very disappointed to receive – 4 days before the beginning of the rehearsals – the news that I would not be able to participate in the Staatsoper Hamburg’s production of ‘Die Zauberflöte,’ and make my role debut in the role of Pamina. While I am very happy to be starting my family, I understand that my pregnancy does present the need for certain accommodations for both the director of a production and opera house. It is for this reason that I gave the Staatsoper Hamburg the most advance warning possible (one month before the start of rehearsals), in order to give them ample time to solve any challenges. This decision does appear to be made because of staging, which would need to be altered in order for me to perform the role. I was convinced that we would be able to find a solution that didn’t damage the artistic integrity of this production, and I was assured up until this week that the staging could be altered to allow for my participation. I would have personally withdrawn had I found myself unable to perform to the appropriate standard. I am committed to honoring my commitments as a singer provided that it does not pose a risk to me or my baby. I was feeling both vocally and physically in top form and was very much looking forward to performing for the first time in Hamburg. I know that pregnant women around the world still face difficulty in the workplace, but I was very surprised to receive so many messages of women telling me about similar experiences. I hope that progress in every field of work can be made so that all artists, men and women, are respected in their work.”
Julie Fuchs sings in concert in her home city of Avignon with
Octuor Ô-Celli on April 9th.
Julie Fuchs reprises the role of Morgana in Handel’s Alcina on March 14th, 16th, 18th and 20th at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Cecilia Bartoli sings the title role, Philippe Jaroussky sings Ruggiero, and Emmanuelle Haïm conducts.
Julie Fuchs makes her debut in Berlin on February 28th, at the Berliner Philharmoniker with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, conducted by Raphaël Pichon. Replacing an ill colleague, Ms. Fuchs sings a program of Rameau arias.
Les pêcheurs de perles, starring Julie Fuchs as Leïla, will be broadcast on Mezzo on January 25th at 16:30. Additional information here:
Julie Fuchs reprises the role of Comtesse Adèle in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory on January 12th and 14th at the Château de Versailles Theater.
Le Comte Ory, starring Julie Fuchs as Comtesse Adèle, is now available on Culturebox:
Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles, starring Julie Fuchs as Leïla, will be rebroadcast on Mezzo TV throughout December and January. Click below for the full schedule:
Julie Fuchs sings La Comtesse Adèle in the new production of Le Comte Ory at the Opéra Comique, from December 19th to 31st.