Valérie Millot studied with Andréa Guiot at the Paris Conservatoire, winning two Premier Prix for opera and amassing a number of international competition successes. In 1988 she made her professional début singing Lady Billows in Britten’s Albert Herring before performing in the première of Antoine Duhamel’s Quatre-vingt-treize with the Lyon Opera the following year. Other highlights of her operatic career include Marguerite (Faust) in Paris, productions of Mireille across France and at the Paris Opéra-comique, and Madame Lidoine (Dialogue des carmélites) at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, in Strasbourg with Marthe Keller’s production, in the Savonlinna Festival and at the 1999 BBC Proms in London. In May 1994 she sang Brunehild in Ernest Reyer’s Sigurd in Montpellier where she also sang in Faust with Roberto Alagna. She won great success as Elsa (Lohengrin) for the Opéra de Nancy and Opera of the Rhine, before making her début as Mimì (La Bohème) for the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Subsequently she was acclaimed for her performances at the Avignon Opera in La Bohème, Faust, Mireille and as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro. Other engagements include Musetta (La Bohème) and Marianne (Der Rosenkavalier) for the Paris Opéra-Bastille, Elisabeth (Don Carlo) in Strasbourg, and La voix humaine in Nancy and Saint-Etienne. She made her German début in Düsseldorf and Hamburg singing Elisabeth (Don Carlos in French) and Dialogues des carmélites. She recently triumphed in her first Tosca for Dijon and Massy. Her concert performances have included Verdi’s Requiem, Ravel’s Shéhérazade in Paris, Beethoven’s Choral Symphony in Toulouse, Poulenc’s Stabat Mater and Gloria, and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.