Trinidadian opera singer Jeanine De Bique will make her Paris Opera debut today.
DeBique, originally from San Fernando, will play the title role in Alcina, a 1735 opera by George Frideric Handel.
In the opera, Alcina creates a magnificent palace to attract her many lovers. One of them is Ruggiero, a warrior who, under Alcina’s spell, abandoned his duty and his fiancee, Bradamante.
Alcina by Handel will be staged by Robert Carsen production with musical direction by Thomas Hengelbrock and ensemble Balthassar Neumann and will take place from November 25 to December 30.
In addition to his Parisian debut, De Bique is also celebrating the release of his debut album Mirrors. The album features the airs of female characters from Handel’s operas as well as other Baroque composers.
A graduate of St Joseph’s Convent, Port-of-Spain, De Bique holds undergraduate and masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and has performed on major stages around the world, appearing in the 2018/2019 season in Handel’s Rodelinda at the Lille Opera, as Aida in the world premiere of Caruso a Cuba by Micha Hamel at the Dutch National Opera, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, conducted by Teodor Currentzis, in Milan, Saint Petersburg, Munich and Budapest, and Handel’s Messiah with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, among many others.