Faustine de Monès is a prize-winning soprano praised for her emotive expressivity and natural presence. She has performed on international stages including Carnegie Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Israeli Opera House, the Oslo Opera House and Radio France Musique.
This past season Faustine won the contemporary prize of the 2018 Enescu International Singing Competition, the first prize as well as the audience prize in the 2017 Vivonne International Competition and the duo prize at the 2017 Toulouse Mélodie Française Competition.
Most recently Faustine was hailed by the press for her interpretation of Constance in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites at the Aachen Theater in Germany, conducted by Justus Thorau. She made a critically-acclaimed jump-in for this same role at the Nordhausen Theater in Germany, performed the role of Zerlina in Don Giovanni at the Pfefferberg Theater in Berlin, and was a featured artist in the Génération Jeunes Interprètes showcase for Radio France Musique.
Hailing from Paris, Faustine made her operatic debut at the age of 15 at the Opéra-Théâtre de Limoges, originating the lead soprano role in the world premiere of Isabelle Aboulker’s Les Fables enchantées.
In the US, her appearances included her Carnegie Hall debut performing Poulenc’s Trois Poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin in the Weill Recital Hall; Amy March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women with the Mannes Opera in NYC, conducted by Maestro Colaneri; and opening New York Fashion Week as a guest performer for the Givenchy 2016 runway directed by Marina Abramović.
Faustine’s roles in Europe include Naiad in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Pfefferberg Theater in Berlin; the Sandmännchen in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel in the Amphitheatre of the Oslo Opera House; the title role in Handel’s Semele with the Benslow Music Festival, Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Longborough Festival Opera Young Artists on tour, and the role of Burgundy White at the Christie’s London world premiere of The Lovely Ladies by Peter Cowdrey. Her performance of the title role in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme at the Aldeburgh Festival, conducted by Christian Curnyn, was praised by The Guardian for its “grace and natural expressivity.”
Faustine was fellow at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute in Chicago and the Caramoor Music Festival in New York, as well as the Garsington Festival in the UK, where she covered the role of Iris in their 2017 production of Semele. She has been invited several times to take part in the International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) in Canada and Israel, where she performed Soeur Constance in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites in Tel Aviv and Laurette in Bizet’s Le Docteur Miracle in Montréal under the baton of Metropolitan Opera conductor Paul Nadler. In 2013 Faustine made her Israeli Opera House stage debut with the Israeli Chamber Orchestra for the IVAI Gala Concert
A frequent recitalist, she has performed at the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House in London; the Graham Johnson Concert Series at the Guildhall School of Music; and the Oxford Lieder Festival masterclasses with Julius Drake and Roger Vignoles. As well as her recent performance at the Maison de la Radio, Faustine was a featured soloist at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France for Radio France Musique.
Faustine is the recipient of career development grants from the Williamson Foundation for Music and the Meyer Foundation, as well as scholarships from City University of London and patrons Dr. Michael Shipley and Philip Rudge. She also received an Encouragement Award from the Shuyler Foundation for Career Bridges in 2014.
She earned a first-class bachelor’s degree with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and her MM and Artist Diploma in Opera Performance at Mannes College of Music in New York, where she was the recipient of the Alice E. Adams Opera Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship awards.