CREDENTIALS

ACADEMIC EDUCATION

 

 

  • ROYAL CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA – LONDON, UK  2017 – 2019

    • Master of Fine Arts in Voice Studies (with Distinction)

  • PARIS – NANTERRE UNIVERSITY – PARIS 1992 – 1993

    • History and English Studies

  • LYCEE LAMARTINE – PARIS 1991 – 1992

    • Hypokhâgne (French Literature and Philosophy)

  • BACCALAUREAT B (Economics and History) – DREUX (FRANCE) 1991

AWARDS

  • ‘VICTOIRES DE LA MUSIQUE CLASSIQUE’ 2006

    • Nominee in the LYRIC REVELATION category

  • JUILLIARD SCHOOL (NYC) – ROYAUMONT FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP 1998

    • Recipient of scholarship for Vocal Studies with Lorraine Nubar

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

As a classical singer, Valerie has worked extensively with musical ensembles such as: Il Seminario Musicale (Gérard Lesne), La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy (J.C. Malgoire) Les Musiciens du Louvre (M.Minkowski), Les Arts Florissants (W.Christie), Les Paladins (J.Corréas), La Simphonie du Marais (H.Reyne), Ensemble Amarillis (H.Gaillard), Ricercar Consort (P.Pierlot), Les Talens Lyriques (C.Rousset), Ensemble Mattheus (J.C.Spinosi), Le concert Spirituel (H.Niquet), Israël Camerata (A.Biron), Le Poème Harmonique (V.Dumestre), Concerto Soave (J.M.Aymes), l’Amoroso (G.Balestracci) as well as with Ivor Bolton, Paul Mc Creesh, Ton Koopman, Wieland Kuijken, Roy Goodman.

 

Valerie has sung XIX and XX century repertoire with the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Swedish Radio Orchestra under the batons of renowned conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Michel Plasson, Marco Guidarini, Gianluigi Gelmetti, John Nelson, Ludovic Morlot, Kazushi Ono, Esa Pekka Salonen.

 

Valerie has performed at: Opera National de Paris, Opéra Comique, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Théâtre du Châtelet, Opéra de Nice, Opéra de Montpellier, Opéra du Rhin, Opéra de Lausanne, Théâtre de la Monnaie in Bruxelles, Opéra de Rome, Opéra d’Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and at festivals of Beaunes, Ambronay, Pontoise, La Folle Journée de Nantes, as well as in Halle, Brugges, Utrecht, Ghent, Köln, Bologna, Sienna, Luzern…

  • 2014

    • DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER, feature length documentary (SACRES, 73’) on the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky. The film has received nominations and awards at various international festivals (FIPA Biarritz, Hot Docs Toronton, VDR Nyon, Bucharest Dance Festival)

  • 2013      

              FOUNDER AND PRODUCER, Documentary Film Production Company Surimpressions

  • 2012 

    •  DIRECTOR, short documentary (Table Rase, 22’) 

  • 2011 

    •  DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER, fiction film on the Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky (Commissioned by the Turku Music Festival)

  • 2008 & 2010 

    •  ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, Porgy & Bess by G. Gershwin at the Opera de Lyon, Edinburgh Festival and Lyon Dance Biennale (Montalvo-Hervieu Dance Company)

  • 2006 

    •  ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart) at the Royal Academy of Music, London (Director: John Ramster)

  • 2004  

    •  ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, “Soirées Lyriques” at the Cultural Finnish Institute, Paris

 

TEACHING AND COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • LONDON SCHOOL OF ENGLISH   2019 

    • Accent softening and Public Speaking for Business professionals                                                                                      

  • TRINITY LABAN CONSERVATOIRE OF MUSIC AND DANCE  2019

    • Show Support – Opera Production: La Belle Hélène (Offenbach)

  • ALRA SOUTH 2018 – 2019

    • Voice Tutor – Linklater Voice Method (MA Professional Acting)

    • Devising Techniques on Greek Tragedy module (BA Acting Level 4)

  • ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE 2018

    • Voice and Gender Workshops (BA American Acting Level 6)

  • LONDON COLLEGE OF MUSIC 2018 – 2019 

    • Voice Tutor 

    • Political Speech; Greek Chorus and Choral Speaking; Character Voice; Speaking Shakespeare (BA Acting Level 5)

  • ROYAL CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH AND DRAMA 2018

    • Accent Softening for ESL Students

  • PRIVATE CORPORATE/BUSINESS CLIENTS 2017 – 2019

    • Voice Coaching, Accent Softening and Presentation Skills

      • CIAM, AVEDA/SHISEIDO, Responsible Trust for Models (RTM), UNIPEC

  • AUGUST EVERDING AKADEMIE (MUNICH, GERMANY) 2017

    • Visiting Voice and Movement Tutor for Opera Singers


 

OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE 

  • PRIVATE COACHING (LONDON/PARIS) 2010 – 2019

    • 1-2-1 sessions for singers, actors and business professionals

  • HOLESOV BAROQUE ACADEMY (CZECH REPUBLIC) 2016

    • Singing Masterclass – Vocal Technique and Interpretation

(Organiser: Czech Baroque Ensemble, Roman Vàlek)

  • HOLESOV BAROQUE ACADEMY (CZECH REPUBLIC) 2015

    • Singing Masterclass – Vocal Technique and Interpretation

  • HAUTE ECOLE DE LAUSANNE - HEMU (SWITZERLAND) 2008​

               Visiting Singing Tutor

SPECIALIST CPD AND FURTHER TRAINING 

 

  • BARBARA HOUSEMAN (LONDON) 2016 - present

    • Regular Private Coaching – Voice and Text

  • THE CHEKHOV COLLECTIVE 2019

    • Chekhov and Voice: The Doorway between Breath and Feeling

  • KRISTIN LINKLATER VOICE CENTRE (ORKNEY ISLANDS) 2019

    • Sound and Movement

  • NORTHERN CENTRE FOR VOICE AND MOVEMENT 2018

    • Linklater and Laban Workshops

  • ROSE BRUFORD COLLEGE 2018

    • Fitzmaurice Conference: Voice and Speech Workshops

  • CLARE DAVIDSON (LONDON) 2018

    • Acting Workshop

  • KRISTIN LINKLATER VOICE CENTRE (ORKNEY ISLANDS) 2017

    • Shakespeare Introductory Workshop

  • ANNE-MARIE SPEED (LONDON) 2017 – 2018

    • Estill Workshops

  • ROYAL ACADEMY OF DRAMATIC ART (LONDON) 2017

    • Elements of RADA – Acting Short Courses

  • ECOLE ARDECHE IMAGES, LUSSAS (FRANCE) 2013

    • Documentary Film Production

  • ATELIERS VARAN (PARIS) 2012

    • Documentary Film Making

  • LABORATOIRE DE LA VOIX with RAPHAEL SIKORSKI (PARIS) AND 2008 – 2012 DAVID JONES (NYC)

  • Vocal Studies – Swedish-Italian Voice Technique

  • JUILLIARD SCHOOL (NYC) 1998

  • Vocal Studies (under the tutelage of Lorraine Nubar)

  • CONSERVATOIRE DU IXEME ARDT (PARIS)             1994 – 1996

    • Musical Education and Vocal Studies

  • ECOLE NORMALE DE MUSIQUE ALFRED CORTOT – PARIS 1993 - 1996

    • Musical Education and Vocal Studies

SPECIALIST SKILLS
 

  • Singing coaching

  • Political Speech

  • Speaking Shakespeare

  • Accent Softening

  • Presentation Skills

  • Voice for actors

  • Choral Speaking

  • Character Voice

  • Linklater Voice Method

  • Barbara Houseman Voice Technique


 

LANGUAGES
 

French : mother tongue            English : fluent (IELTS test : Academic level)       Italian : basic knowledge

German : basic knowledge       Finnish : basic knowledge   

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS 

 

BVA (British Voice Association)

AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing)

VASTA (Voice and Speech Association)

EQUITY
 

Partners and Clients

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