Naomi Couquet, mezzo-soprano
Naomi Couquet began studying music at a young age, learning the piano and entering the Conservatoire of Toulon (France). Turning to singing, she obtained her Diplôme d’Etudes Musicales (DEM) in opera singing in 2015 and completed her training at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels. She perfected her skills in masterclasses with artists such as mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux and soprano Mireille Delunsch, from whose tutelage she still benefits.
Naomi has sung at the Opéra de Toulon in the children’s choirs of Carmen, La Bohème, Tosca, Werther, and as a soloist in The Magic Flute (First Child). She has appeared on stage in the roles of the Child in Maurice Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, the Second Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Elle in Francis Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine, Agathe in Les Mousquetaires au Couvent by Louis Varney, and as Yniold in Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.
A passionate fan of chamber music, Naomi performs regularly in recitals, among others in 2018 and 2019 in the context of the Festival des Forêts (Compiègne, France), at the Max van der Linden Festival (Belgium), and in major venues such as Bozar (Bozar Sundays) and Flagey (Music Chapel Festival).
In addition to her music studies, Naomi studied drama at the Cours Florent with Grétel Delattre and Julie Recoing, and in 2015 she obtained a master’s degree summa cum laude in Lettres Modernes at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle. The author of a thesis entitled Cendrillon et le Prince Charmant, la représentation du couple dans Cendrillon de Jules Massenet (Cinderella and Prince Charming: the couple’s representation in Jules Massenet’s Cendrillon), Naomi also devotes herself to poetic writing.
Since September 2018, Naomi has been artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium), where she has been perfecting her skills with José van Dam and Sophie Koch.
Scholarship by Baillet Latour Fund