French mezzo-soprano Solenn' Lavanant is a freelance artist based in Switzerland. Her recent engagements have included Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito with Neues Theater Dornach, Cyrus in Händel’s Belshazzar with Capriccio baroque orchestra in Basel and at Tonhalle Zürich and the role of Ilione in Campra’s Idomenée at Schönbrunn Schlosstheater in Vienna. She replaced at short notice the role of Médée in Charpentier’s Médée at Zürich Opera in 2017, under the baton of William Christie.
In October 2017 she is making her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper as Cherubino in a new production of Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Christoph Loy. In 2018/2019 she will perform the title role of Destouches' opera Semiramis with Festival d'Ambronay and will participate in the production of Sacrati's opera La finta Pazza in Dijon, Genf and Versailles.
From 2009 to 2015 Solenn’ Lavanant was a member of the ensemble at Theater Basel with a repertoire ranging from the title role of M.A.Charpentier’s Médée, Mozart roles Cherubino, Dorabella and Idamante to the title role of Carmen, Varvara in Katya Kabanova, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust, Muse/Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Charlotte in Werther.
Solenn’ Lavanant appeared at the Festival Aix-en-Provence 2013 as Ippolita in Cavalli’s Elena, at the Schwetzinger SWR Festival 2011 as Merione in Gluck’s Telemaco, as Penelope in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria as well as Enfant in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with Opéra de Lausanne. She sang Ottavia in L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Festival d’Ambronay, Hermia in Midsummer Night's Dream in Mézière and portrayed the role of Mozart (music of Cherubino/Dorabella/Donna Elvira) in Da Ponte in New York in the opening production of Neues Theater Dornach. She sang Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas on a CD recording, under the baton of Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, which was nominated for the MIDEM Classical Awards 2011. She recorded Music for the Prix de Rome with music by Camille Saint-Saëns, conducted by Hervé Niquet.
Solenn' Lavanant studied arts in Paris before studying singing in Lausanne. She was a member of the opera studio OperAvenir at Theater Basel in 2008/2009. Her stage debut took place in 2007 as Dorothée in Cendrillon at Theater Bern, where she also performed La Prima Tromba in La Prova d'Orchestra and Smeraldine in L'amour des trois oranges.