Marie Arnet

Marie Arnet

“The evening belonged to Marie Arnet, in the title role [Lulu] ... Arnet not only looked and acted the part, but also displayed a level of musicality in her phrasing rare among even great Lulus.”

Opera Now

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Swedish soprano Marie Arnet’s career has taken her from Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, (her UK debut at the Glyndebourne Festival),   through to Berg’s Lulu, which she sang in David Pountney’s production for Welsh National Opera.   Her extensive repertoire ranges from baroque to contemporary and Marie is never afraid of a new challenge,   stepping in at the last minute to sing Harey in Glanert’s Solaris at the Bregenz Festival.   Her career has taken her to Los Angeles Opera, La Scala, the Liceu in Barcelona and many other international theatres.


Full Biography

Marie Arnet was born in Sweden and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the National Opera Studio.

Marie made her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival stepping in at the last minute as Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro and went on to sing Diane Iphigénie en Aulide, Ilia in Idomeneo (conducted by Sir Simon Rattle), Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande and Drusilla L’incoronazione di Poppea for the company.    Other UK appearances include Sophie Der Rosenkavalier and Giulietta I Capuleti e I Montecchi for Opera North and Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro for English National Opera.   She sang Eurydice in a new production of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at Opéra de Lausanne, where she returned for Salieri La Grotta di Trofonio with Christoph Rousset and has appeared as Pamina Die Zauberflöte at the Teatro Real in Madrid, in Nantes and at the Hyogo Arts Centre in Japan, Mélisande Pelléas at Mélisande in Palermo and at La Scala, Ilia Idomeneo for Hamburg State Opera and at the Liceu in Barcelona, Belinda Dido and Aeneas at La Scala and Xenia Boris Godunov, and Ginevra Ariodante at the Liceu in Barcelona. More recent engagements include Eurydice Orphée et Eurydice and Despina Cosi fan Tutte at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, Die Zauberflöte with Los Angeles Opera and Spoleto Festival, Le Nozze di Figaro at Netherlands Opera, Alceste in Handel’s Admeto with Nicholas McGegan at the Göttingen Festival and recently returned to Nantes as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte.

Concert repertoire includes Bach’s St John Passion and Mass in B Minor, Mahler 2nd and 4th Symphonies, the Brahms and Fauré Requiems, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, the Nelson Mass and The Creation by Haydn and Bruckner’s Te Deum. She has appeared in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ at the Three Choirs Festival, Mozart’s Requiem with Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort and for the London Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis in London and New York, A Child of Our Time and Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the Orquesta Radio Televisión in Madrid, Handel’s Solomon for the NDR and with Rene Jacobs and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on a tour with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants and Brahms’ German Requiem at the BBC Proms with James Conlon.   Recent highlights include The Infernal Comedy with Martin Haselböck and John Malkovich in Europe and America, Tippet’s Third Symphony with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a concert of Mahler’s Des Knabenwunderhorn with the Kymi Sinfonietta in Finland, Tavener’s Akhmatova Requiem with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Orphée et Eurydice with the Orchestre des pays de Savoie

Marie stepped in at the last minute to sing Harey in the world première of Glanert’s Solaris at the Bregenz Festival and won critical acclaim in the title role in David Pountney’s production of Lulu for Welsh National Opera. She sang 2 concert performances of Zais with Les Talens Lyriques, Cheshire Cat Alice in Wonderland with Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Barbican in London and Wendy Richard Ayres opera ‘Peter Pan’ with Welsh National Opera. This season she returns to Welsh National Opera as Susanna in a new commission, Figaro Gets a Divorce and sings Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress in a co-production with Caen, Reims, Rouen & Limoges. She also returns to the BBC Symphony Orchestra with a performance of Gorecki’s Symphony No. 2 at the Barbican Centre.

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Lulu goes to Bolzano

January 7th, 2016

David Pountney’s acclaimed production for Welsh National Opera revived for two performances

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Peter Pan premières at Welsh National Opera

May 15th, 2015

Marie Arnet and Mark Le Brocq return to WNO to re-inact this classic children’s story

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LULU – Welsh National Opera (February 2013)

“The evening belonged to Marie Arnet, in the title role, taking on the part from scratch at less than three months notice.  Arnet not only looked and acted the part, but also displayed a level of musicality in her phrasing rare among even great Lulus.”
Peter Reynolds, Opera Now (April 2013)

“But since Marie Arnet’s compelling Lulu — visually having the gamine deadliness to perfection, vocally combining high radiance and a cutting edge — has undergone a sort of double love-death in her relationship both to Jack the Ripper … and to the lesbian Countess Geschwitz…the Wagnerian allusion doesn’t perhaps go amiss.”
Paul Driver, The Sunday Times (17 Feb 2013)

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Discography & Repertoire


With Marie Arnet (Dori), Olivier Lallouette (Aristone), Raffaella Milanesi (Ofelia) and Mario Cassi (Plistene) with Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset


Artist Manager

Sue Nicholls (Cambridge)
01223 706023

Assistant Artist Manager

Mark Williams (Cambridge)
01223 706414