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Fiona Monbet

Guest Conductor & Artist in Residence – Orchestre National de Bretagne (Rennes, since 2020

Music Director – Ensemble Miroirs Etendus (company in residence at thel Opéra de Rouen Normandie, at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, supported by the Opéra de Lille, since 2016)

Artistic Advisor et Associate Artist – La Brèche Festival (Aix-les-Bains, since 2017)

Born 1989 (Aged 30)

Fiona Monbet is a Franco-Irish artist, violinist, composer and orchestral conductor. After graduating from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, Fiona became involved with orchestral conducting. In parallel with her classical activity, she has been leading a career in jazz, releasing a number of recordings (O’Ceol 2013, Contrebande 2018, and a new recording due for release in October 2020).

Fiona furhter developed her technique with conductors including Johannes Schlaefli, Alexandre Piquion, Clark Rundell, Sandro Gorli and Mark Heron. Fiona conducted the Manchester Camerata, the ensemble Divertimento (Milan) and the Parnu City Orchestra (Estonia) winning the prize as the « orchestra’s favorite » during an international in July 2018 with a masterclass by Sasha Makila.

Since January 2017, Fiona Monbet has been working as the Music Director of the company Miroirs Etendus. She has conducted the ensemble in France (Opéra de Rouen, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, Opéra de Lille) and abroad (Ireland and Germany).

The operatic works (Orphée, Faust, I’d rather sink)performed by the company Miroirs Etendus bring together any artists hailing from many different fields of today. The works often focus on combining the ensemble’s acoustic prowess with electronic music and various sound techniques.

The very daring version of Romitelli’s An Index of Metals with the singer Linda Olah was premiered at the Nouveau Siècle in Lille, and then replayed at the Opéra de Rouen before being performed at the mythical Berlin night-club, the Kantine am Berghaim (this time in a stage version directed by Aliénor Dauchez).

Since September 2019, Fiona is «Artist in Residence » of the Orchestre National de Bretagne, assisting Grant Llewellyn, the orchestra’s Principal Conductor.

During the 2020-21 season, Fiona will conduct two new productions with the Orchestre National de Bretagne. In october 2020, she will make her debut with the Orchestre National de Montpellier.

In December 2020, a version of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto will be performed at the Opéra de Rouen Normandie, with Fiona conducting Miroirs Etendus from her violin. The same concert will also see Fiona conducting the Wesendonck Lieder and the four overtures of the Wagner Ring Cycle for chords and eletronics (arranged by Othman Louati).

She will once again conduct An Index of Metals together with La Soufflerie (Scène Conventionnée musique de Rezé) and Angers Nantes Opérain February 2021.

In 2021-22, Fiona will be conducting Monteverdi’s Vespers in a version to be performed by Miroirs Etendus, directed by Tiphaine Raffier.

Elsewhere, Michael Gallen’s opera will be premiered in Dublin (Abbey Theatre) in the autumn 2021, under Fiona’s baton.

Avril 2020

Miroirs Etendus

Contemporary music ensemble, Miroirs Étendus is led by the conductor Fiona Monbet and the pianist Romain Louveau. The company collaborates with artists from a range of artistic fields to pioneer new and contemporary approaches to opera, recital and concert. Miroirs Étendus is in residence with the Opéra de Rouen-Normandie, the Opéra de Lille and the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne.

Our team of talented artists work together to employ a variety of sound and specialisation techniques. Our productions are based on writing processes that treat both the stage and music as an open canvas – genres can range from contemporary to electronic. To us, opera is simply a musical way of telling a story; all other questions, such as ‘what’ and ‘how’, depend on the meaning we wish to convey.

Aside from musical shows Miroirs Étendus also presents recitals and concerts with a dramaturgic style of chamber music, elaborated by theatre directors. Miroirs Étendus’ seasons offer a new vision of opera by shaking up the classical repertoire, presenting contemporary works, creating new pieces, appealing to modern-day audiences and proposing dubbed chamber music and recitals.