Andrée François

Soloist, Soprano
She was born in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe, France, on 11/09/1938. She studied singing with Nancy Scholerin, Mairot-Jacquot and Jean Giraudeau in Paris and with Ettore Campogalliani in Milan. In 1965 she won a distinction in the international singing contest of Liege. She first appeared in 1967 at the Royal Opera of Wallonia (Opera Royal de Wallonie) in Liege, as Musetta in the opera La bohème. She collaborated with this opera for a long time. She also appeared at the La Monnaie Theatre in Brussels, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Berlin State Opera as well as in Bordeaux, Marseille, Rouen, Nice, Toulouse, Montreal, Vancouver, Lausanne and Bucharest. She appeared at the Hamburg State Opera as Donna Elvira [Don Giovanni] and as Marguerite [Faust]. During the period 1980-1982 she appeared at the Vienna State Opera as Nedda [Pagliacci], Micaela [Carmen] and Mimi [La bohème]. In the Liege Palais des Sports she performed the role of Liu [Turandot] (1988) with great success, while at the Opera of Wallonia she appeared as Nedda (1989) as well as in the role of the same name in the opera Louise by Gustave Charpentier (1991). She is considered one of the most important sopranos of her generation who have sung French opera with a very broad range of works. She has often appeared in opera broadcasts on Belgian television. Her discography includes the full recording of the opera Lucile by Grétry (Alpha) and a record of arias (Perron). With the Greek National Opera she worked once, performing the role of Mimi [La bohème] (1974-1975).