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Cécile Houillon was born in Marseille where she obtained her Bachelor in Socio-Economy at the Faculty of Economics of Aix en Provence.


Passionate about singing, she decided to devote herself entirely to music and moved to Geneva. Then, she integrated the High School of Music in Lausanne where she studied with the mezzo-soprano Brigitte Balleys. She also worked on acting (theater and opera) with Marc Mayoraz and Thierry Pillon.


She took part in several masterclasses with, among others, Martin Katz, Nadine Denize and conductors Leonardo García Alarcón and John Fiore. 


After having obtained her Bachelor of Arts in singing in 2014, she played the role of Princess in Le Chat Botté (C. Cui), Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw (B. Britten) and the role of Ulana in the opera Manru (I. Paderewski). The following year, she sang the title role in L'Ombra (U. Bottacchiari) as well as the First Lady in Die Zauberflöte (W-A. Mozart).


Finally, in 2016, she completed her Master of Arts in singing and participated in the radio program "Master sur les ondes" broadcasted live on Espace2 and presented by Francesco Biamonte. She performed the opera L'Ombra in May in Biel (Switzerland) and will perform it again in August with orchestra at the festival Va Jouer Dehors! in Cheverny (France). In September, she was invited by the festival Les ArtScènes directed of T. Pillon for two recitals in Nantes (France).


In 2017, she becomes finalist during the international competitions of Mâcon (France) as well as "Città di Magenta" (Italy) and for opera studio's selection in Roma (Italy). She receives the prize of the Young audience during the competition Kattenburg in Lausanne (Switzerland). 


© Jérémie Schütz
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