French mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa studied in her native Montpellier and was still a student when, at the age of 21, she sang in Schumann’s Manfred at the Opéra National de Montpellier. Following her success as Isabella Linton (Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights) at the 2010 Festival de Radio France, she joined the Paris Opéra’s young artist programme.
Marianne Crebassa made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2012 as Irene in concert performances of Tamerlano alongside Plácido Domingo. She returned in 2013 as Cecilio (Lucio Silla) and in 2014 in the title role in Marc-André Dalbavie’s new opera Charlotte Salomon. She also made her acclaimed role debut as Sesto in Salzburg in 2017 under the direction of Teodor Currentzis. Other recent appearances include Cherubino in Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam, her La Scala debut as Cecilio and her US debut as Stéphano (Roméo et Juliette) in Chicago.
On the concert platform Marianne Crebassa has appeared at the Festival de Saint-Denis, the Mozartwoche Festival, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. She has also performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de Paris, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Staatskapelle Berlin.
During the 2016/17 season she returned to La Scala, Milan and to the Berlin State Opera as Cherubino, as well as making her debut at the Opéra Comique in the title role in Offenbach’s Fantasio. She appears regularly at the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier, most recently as Fantasio. During the 2017/18 season she was invited by Daniel Barenboim to appear with the Staatskapelle Berlin in concerts marking the centenary of Debussy’s death, including a recital at the Pierre Boulez Saal and her role debut as Mélisande. Further appearances include La Cenerentola in Paris and Milan, Orphée at the Opéra Comique, concerts with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra and recitals in Paris, Hamburg and Milan with Fazıl Say.
Marianne Crebassa is an exclusive recording artist with Erato. Her critically acclaimed debut album Oh, Boy! was released in 2016, followed by Secretswith Fazıl Say in 2017.
She was named singer of the year at the 2017 Victoires de la Musique Classique Awards.