Emmanuelle de Negri initially studied cello before entering the Nîmes Conservatoire in Daniel Salas's voice studio. She also obtained a postgraduate degree in French literature at the Montpellier University before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSM) in Paris under the tutelage of Gerda Hartman in 2002. While at CNSM, Ms. de Negri studied bel canto art song with Anne Grappotte and Jeff Cohen, and baroque repertoire with Kenneth Weiss and Nicolau di Figuereido. She earned first prize for her final recital with the special distinction: “Félicitations du jury.” She completed CNSM’s postgraduate program, studying with Susan Manoff and Olivier Reboul.
On stage Ms. de Negri has sung a variety of roles including Papagena (Zauberflöte), Barbarina (Nozze di Figaro), Tonina (Salieri’s Prima la musica poi le parole), Elena (Cavalli’s Ercole amante), Yniold (Pelléas et Mélisande), first in 2005 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Stéphane Denève, and again in 2008 at the Opéra de Tours, Serpetta (Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera), Oberto (Handel’s Alcina), Miles (The Turn of the Screw), First Grace (Belli’s Orfeo dolente), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Jeunesse (Destouches’s Le Carnaval et la Folie), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Il Pastore (Tosca), or Léœna (La Belle Hélène). In the field of oratorio, René Jacobs invited her to be Sant'Agnese in Pasquini's Martirio de Sant’Agnese in Innsbrück. She has also sung operetta: Cupid in Offenbach'sOrphée aux Enfers in several stagings and Léœna in La Belle Hélène.
However, the baroque repertoire is among her favorites. Ms. de Negri sang with William Christie's Les Arts Florissants on an international tour to London, Madrid, New York and Oslo as part of its young singers program, Le Jardin des Voix. She was Sangaride in the 2011 revival of Atys, and performed in Dido and Aeneas (Belinda), Actéon (Aréthuze), and Pygmalion in France and abroad. She also sang in Purcell's Indian Queen and participated in several other tours with Les Arts Florissants.
Ms. de Negri has worked with conductors Stéphane Denève, Alain Altinoglu, Jean-Yves Ossonce, Gabriel Garrido, Hervé Niquet, Alessandro di Marchi, Vincent Dumestre, Philippe Hui, Zsolt Nagy, Laurence Equilbey, Gilbert Bezzina and Emmanuel Olivier, among others. She has also collaborated with prominent stage directors including Vincent Boussard, Jacques Osinsky, François de Carpentries, Emmanuelle Cordoliani, Claude Buchwald, Gilles Bouillon, Jeanne Roth, Edouard Signolet, Pierre Kuentz, and Benoît Benichou.
In 2012-2013, Emmanuelle de Negri sang Polixène in Pyrrhus with les Enfants d'Apollon, Mélisande in Dukas's Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, Papagena in Zauberflöte at the Opéra de Nice, and the High Priestess and the Hunter in Hippolyte et Aricie with Les Arts Florissants in Glyndebourne. She will also be heard with Marc Minkowski's Les Musiciens du Louvre for Bach's Magnificat (Grenoble and Paris), and with William Christie for a recital Paris charmed by Italy in Paris, Brussels, and Caen. This is Ms. de Negri’s first appearance with Opera Lafayette. (Photo Credit: Stéphane Lariven)