French-American mezzo-soprano Valérie Filloux recently finished her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, earning a Bachelor of Music in Voice & Opera with program honors along with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. This spring, she competed as a Finalist in the Musicians Club of Women Competition and as a National Finalist in the National NSAL Winston Voice Scholarship Competition after winning the Illinois Division in Februray. She spent her summer at Aspen Music Festival, performing scenes from Little Women and Il barbiere di Siviglia, singing on several recitals and concerts, and devising and premiering a new work in collaboration with composer Gala Flagello as part of the Aspen Composition Project. This fall, she begins her M.M. at the Maryland Opera Studio, studying with Delores Ziegler.
In summer 2021, Valérie was thrilled to be a member of the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center. She performed the roles of Zita and Spinellocchio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and sang as a soloist in the “Opera Greatest Hits” and “Janiec on Broadway” concerts. During her time at Northwestern, she performed Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with Northwestern University’s OPUS and covered La récitante in Debussy’s La damoiselle élue while singing in multiple opera choruses (Berlioz’s Béatrice and Bénédict, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Debussy’s La damoiselle élue). Originally scheduled to perform The Angel in Rubenstein’s The Demon at the Russian Opera Workshop, she spent the summer of 2020 studying both The Angel (The Demon) and Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin as part of the workshop’s modified Covid-19 program. She attended the Redwoods Opera Workshop summer festival in June of 2019, performing scenes as Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Dorabella (Così fan tutte) as well as arias in a concert at the Stanford Hotel in Mendocino, California.
An avid chamber musician, Valérie served as the Co-President to the Northwestern University Renaissance Singers, the university’s only classical a cappella group, who organized and hosted multiple concerts filled with large-scale works and new work premieres. She recently performed Vivaldi’s Gloria as the Mezzo-Soprano and Soprano II soloist in December of 2021, accompanied by a Baroque chamber orchestra and the Trinity United Methodist Church choir. She will be making her debut with the Chicago chamber choir Stare at the Sun in their upcoming concert “A Name and A Place.” With seven years of violin experience and four years of viola experience, she enjoys applying her instrumental knowledge to her study of voice while privately teaching each instrument.