young mezzo soprano Eléonore Pancrazi has already been awarded many times : in 2013, she won the third prize at the Musiques au Cœur du Medoc singing competition and the second prize in the french melodie category at the International singing competition of Marmande, in 2014 the first prize in the Operetta category at the Béziers singing competition, then the ADAMI and CFPL prizes at the Arles singing competition, as well as the « new talent » prize at the UPMCF Competition in Paris.
As a child, Eléonore studied the violin and piano, and at the age of 16 she began studying classical singing in Ajaccio, where she was born. She quickly decided that she would pursue singing.
In 2009, she entered the prestigious Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in the studio of Isabel Garcisanz for voice, and the class of Mireille Larroche for stagework. She graduated with honours from the institution in 2013. During her studies, she started performing roles at the Festival « Les Nuits d’Eté de Corté » : Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Berta (Il Barbiere di Seviglia), Papagena (Die Zauberflote).
In the summer of 2012, she joined the Academy of the Aix en Provence Festival in the French Melodie Residency. That same year, she sang the role of Hansel (Hansel und Gretel) with the Peniche Opera Company directed by Mireille Larroche and under the baton of Takenori Nemoto with the Musica Nigella Orchestra, as well as continuing her collaboration with the Opera de Massy Orchestra (Cherubino in excerpts of Le Nozze di Figaro, solo alto in the Vivaldi Gloria etc….) which she had initiated at the Ecole Normale de Paris.
2013 took her to the French Music Festival, « Folles Journées », at the Yomiuri Hall in Tokyo where, under the baton of Takenori Nemoto and his Musica Nigella Ensemble, she sang Carmen in a concert version. She also joined the studio of the Opera de Lyon with which she sang the role of Jodie in Isabelle Aboulker’s Jeremy Fischer, and the Chinese Cup, the Mother and the Dragonfly in Ravel’s Enfant et les Sortilèges in November, 2016. Her musical eclecticism as well as her artistic curiosity drove her to join the musical company of La Belle et la Bête at the Théâtre Mogador, but she never forgot that she belonged to the opera world, and she continued her classical career singing in concerts at the Salle Cortot, at the Musicades and Olivades Festival in St Remy de Provence and the second lady in Die Zauberflote at the Festival of Marmande during the same season.
In 2014, she joined the Opera Comique de Paris Younth Academy. During that season which was filled with various recitals and Master Classes, she had the opportunity to be the understudy of Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, under the baton of Marc Minkowski, and to sing the role of Louise de Pontcourlay in Les Mousquetaires au Couvent, covered again at the Opera de Toulon in December 2015.
In spring of 2015, she took part in a production of Falstaff by Salieri at the Théâtre d’Herblay under the baton of Inaki Encina Oyon, singing the role of Mrs Slender, as well as in the creation of Cent Miniatures by Bruno Gilet, with the Peniche Opera Company, then in the René Jacobs Master Class of Nozze di Figaro, singing the role of Marcellina at the Abbaye de Royaumont.
2016 marked an important turning point in Eléonore’s career. After taking part in the prestigious cast of the concert version of Werther at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in the role of Katchen, alongside Juan Diego Florez and Joyce Di Donato, she assumed the roles of Orena and Teria in the new production of l’Ile du Rêve by Reynaldo Hahn at the « Musiques au Pays de Pierre Loti » Festival and at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris under the baton of Julien Masmondet, then the roles of Concepcion in L’Heure Espagnole and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi at the Opera National de Lorraine, and the role of Barberina in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opera de Toulon. In July, she joined a Master Class on the French baroque repertoire with Christophe Rousset at the Abbaye de Royaumont.
In 2017, she performed the role of Cherubino for the first time in Le Nozze di Figaro under the baton of Joel Suhubiette, at the Opera de Clermont-Ferrand, and at the Festival de Saint-Céré, a production which she will sing again at the Opera de Massy in September 2018. 2017 has also seen the start of a succesful collaboration with Christophe Rousset’s musical ensemble « Les Talens Lyriques », with which she sang Eurydice in Charpentier’s Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers at the Old Music Festival of Basel-Switzerland, and with which she will sing the Mezzo solo part in the Campra’s Requiem at the Philarmonie de Paris and in the Cathedral of Oslo. In 2017, she also started a collaboration with the Opera de Tours, where she sang the roles of Maria and Ferminia in L’Homme de La Mancha, and Giovanna in Rigoletto. In December 2017, Eleonore will return to the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in the role of Berta in Il Barbiere di Seviglia directed by Laurent Pelly, under the baton of Jeremie Rhorer. Among her next engagements, the roles of Varvara (Katia Kabanova) at the Opera National de Lorraine, Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti) at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, at the Musiques au Pays de Pierre Loti Festival and at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris, the Prince (Cendrillon) at the Festival of Glyndebourne and with the Glyndebourne Tour, Orphée (Orphée et Eurydice) at the Opera de Clermont-Ferrand and Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse.
Eléonore’s musical interests span from baroque to contemporary music, to which she was initiated by French composer Hélène Rasquier. She has sung many of Rasquier’s melodies, as well as the alto solo in the premiere of her Requiem at the St Ferdinand Church in Paris. From French Repertoire, which she initiated with soprano Anne Marie Sanial, and which she has studied intensively during her season at the Opera Comique de Paris, to Bel Canto and in particular, which she sings with great ease, Eléonore also enjoys foreign art song (English, Russian, Czech…) as well as German Lied.
In April 2018, Eléonore will take part in the premiere of the contemporary opera Manga Café, by Pascal Zavaro, at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, the Musiques au Pays de Pierre Loti Festival and at the Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris. Eléonore has had the honor to refine her vocal technique with great artists such as Janine Reiss, Inva Mula, Felicity Lott, François Le Roux, Jeff Cohen, Nadine Denize, Mireille Alcantara, Ludovic Tézier, Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Jean-François Lapointe, Leontina Vaduva, Christiane Eda-Pierre, Christophe Pregardien, Ian Bostridge… and she has the great pleasure of collaborating regularly with the Abbaye de Royaumont, thanks to which she has been able to participate in various Master Classes, and to take part in concerts in 2017 : a concert of the music of Benjamin Britten at the Musée d’Orsay with pianist Madoka Ito, and another one composed of Russian music at the La Seine Musicale with pianist Sarah Ristorcelli.