Cdirigente2onductor and flautist Frédérique Chauvet obtained a degree in flute performance from the Conservatoire de Versailles in France. After her studies she specialised in Baroque performance practise. Frédérique studied Musicology at the University of Amsterdam and flauto traverse with Bart Kuijken and Wilbert Hezelzet at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague. She studied choral- and orchestral direction at the Sweelinck Conservatoire in Amsterdam, and also in Paris with Pierre Cao.

As a flautist, Frédérique gave concerts in Europe and the US with chamber music ensembles and baroque orchestras such as the Taverner Players with Andrew Parrot, Die Rheinische Kantonerei of Hermann Max, and the Handel Soloists. With her Trio Il Galante, Frédérique won the Van Wassenaer Concours for Old Music.

Frédérique conducted Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Charpentier’s Médée, Raemau’s Dardanus and Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Armide. In 2000 she founded the instrumental ensemble BarokOpera Amsterdam. Ever since she has been performing comic opera’s by Offenbach, Boieldieu and Massé, such as Le 66, Le Voyage dans la Lune, Le Violoneux, Tromb’al-ca-zar, Ma Tante Aurore, and the double bill Les Noces de Jeannette/Une Demoiselle en Loterie. In addition to comic opera’s, she performs Mozart opera’s sized down to chamber opera’s.

Frédérique conducts in Dutch, but also French opera houses and on festivals, such as the Opera of Avignon, where she performed Die Zauberflöte, and the Opera of Rennes, where she performed Le 66. At the festival of Sully-sur-Loire and the Septembre Musical de l’Orne, she performed Le Nozze di Figaro. She recently performed Gluck’s L’Ivrogne Corrigé at the Opéra de Paris Bastille.

Together with director David Prins, Frédérique produced the Purcell on Stage cycle, that started in 2003 with The Fairy Queen. This was followed by King Arthur in 2007, and concluded with A Tempest. In the 2009-10 season enjoyed great success with the Purcell Gala I. In 2012-13 she brought the Purcell Gala II as a sequel to Dutch theatres and concert halls such as the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

In 2013/14 Frédérique worked with director Sybrand van der Werf on a special version of Purcell’s masterpiece Dido & Aeneas.


In 2014, she conducted five sold-out performances in Théâtre de l’Athénée in Paris of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, continuing performances once she was back in the Netherlands. William and Mary was simultaneously resumed, while a new production, the Händel Revue (which also included pieces by Lully, Rameau, and Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona) saw the light of day.

In 2015, she toured France and the Netherlands with an extraordinary version of Don Giovanni. For 2016, Händel’s Acis & Galatea iwas presented in co-production with Opéra-Louise de Fribourg (Switzerland).

Scene from Purcell Gala II, William & Mary
in Theater de Flint, Amersfoort, 5 February 2013

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