Caroline de Mahieu
photo par Claire Courtois
© Claire Courtois

Studies

Caroline grew up in a music loving family. She started singing at her youngest age. As a teenager and after years of singing in school choirs, she decided to take voice lessons in the Music Academy of Grez-Doiceau in Belgium with Thibaut Lenaerts and Sylvie Sténuit.

After her university studies of English and Spanish literature and linguistics, Caroline pursued her vocal training at the Institut de Musique et de Pédagogie (IMEP) in Namur in Belgium with Ana Camelia Stefanescu, Eunice Arias and Benoit Giaux. There, she also studied the art of opera with Françoise Viatour and chamber music with Elise Gäbele and Hanxiang Gong. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s with great honors. During her 1st Master year, she studied at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen thanks to an Erasmus exchange. She had the chance to study with two mezzo-sopranos: Marianne Rørholm et Kirsten Buhl Møller. Since 2018, she has started a second masters specializing in opera in the European Vocal Department. Thanks to this program she is preparing various roles and repertoire notably with Patrick Leterme, Daniel Thonnard and Ayrton Desimpelaere.

Her versatile voice allows her to sing opera and oratorio as well as songs and lieder. Passionate about history and literature, she loves to sing in various styles and periods, from baroque to contemporary as well as classical, bel canto and romantic music.

Caroline de Mahieu
photo par Claire Courtois
© Claire Courtois

Masterclasses and Prizes

In November 2019, Caroline won the 1st prize in the opera category at the International Music Competition “Triomphe de l’Art” in Brussels. In 2016, she was revealed in the Concours International Bell’Arte where she receives the 2nd prize. That same year, she also wins the 3rd prize in the Concours des Nouveaux Talents de l’Art Lyrique in Ans in Belgium.

To perfect her vocal training, she participates in numerous masterclasses across Europe with personalities such as Sandrine Piau in Marseille;  Christophe Rousset, Roberta Alexander, Yann Beuron and Dietrich Henschel at La Monnaie (Brussels);  Neville Dove, Kirsten Buhl Møller, Peter Bäckstöm, Helene Gjerris, Brigitte Stradiot and Magumi Otsuka in Copenhagen;  Elizabeth Vidal, Eunice Arias, Ana Camelia Stefansecu, Zeno Popescu, Helge Letonja and Sami Kustaloglu in Belgium.  

Opera

Caroline started her opera carreer on the stage of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie thanks to the MMAcademy which she joined in 2014. At La Monnaie, she has the chance to perform under the direction of renowned conductors such as Christophe Rousset, Alain Altinoglu, Alessandro De Marchi, Mikhail Tatarnikov, Giuliano Carella and Hartmut Haenchen and in productions by Pierre Audi, Sibi Larbi Cherkaoui and Eric Lacascade.

Caroline de Mahieu
photo par Associació Andorra Lírica
© Associació Andorra Lírica

Throughout her vocal training, she has the opportunity to perform different roles like Zita la Vecchia (Gianni Schicchi), la Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica), The Abandoned Woman (The Garden Wall), Venere (Il Ballo delle Ingrate), la Voix de la Mère (Les Contes d’Hoffmann) and Mère Marie (Les Dialogues des Carmélites).

Caroline de Mahieu
photo par Associació Andorra Lírica
© Associació Andorra Lírica

In 2019, she made her debut at the Andorra Opera (Andorra Lírica) in a version for children of Hänsel and Gretel by Hümperdinck. She interpreted the roles of The Mother and The Sandman. She also interpreted the title role of Dido and Aeneas by Purcell in a concert version in Brussels. In 2020, she will perform the title role of Admeto by Haendel at the Festival Mars en Baroque in Marseille and the Festival Musical de Namur.

This season, she will also debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie as Thibaut (Don Carlos) and Rose (Lakmé).

Oratorio

Also passionate about sacred music, Caroline joins in 2017 the ‘Chœur de Chambre de Namur’ with which she performs regularly. She has the chance to perform with renowned conductors sucha as Leonardo Garcia Alarcon and Jean-Claude Malgoire and soon with Jan Willem de Vriend and Richard Egarr. She has been invited by various ensembles, including the ‘Camerata Vocale’, to sing the alto solo of the Stabat Mater by Pergolèse, the Requiem by Mozart as well as the Mass in B minor by Bach.

Caroline de Mahieu
photo par Nadine Terlinden
© Nadine Terlinden

Songs-Lied/ Chamber Music

Chamber music, songs and lieder have also taken a wonderful place in the young mezzo’s career. At the end of her studies, she formed with a few friends and colleagues ‘L’Ensemble Bleu Miroir’ for which the configuration varies according to the repertoire. The ensemble was invited to the Concert de Midi of the OPRL (Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège) to perform a trio version of Berlioz’s Nuits d’Eté in 2018. The ensemble was also invited in 2019 to the Festival Musicorum in Brussels. Likewise, Caroline is sometimes invited by other ensembles, such as ‘L’Heure de Musique’, to perform different repertoires as for example Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen

Caroline de Mahieu
photo par Claire Dem Photographe
© Claire Dem Photographe

Ceremonies, Masses and Teaching

Between two concerts, Caroline sings for private weddings and funerals. When she can, she joins the ‘Maîtrise de la Cathédrale de Namur’, which she has been a part of since 2014. As of 2019, she has also been one of the cantors of the St Jacques Church in Liège.

In 2018, she joined the team of choir conductors of ‘Singing Molenbeek’, the choir of the non-profit organization “CHANTER pour vivre ENSEMBLE”, which develops artistic and educational projects via choirs of children in municipal primary schools in Molenbeek (Brussels).

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