Aurélia Jonvaux

French Language and Diction Coach

Aurélia Jonvaux is a French Language and Diction Teacher at the GSMD where she assists Florence Daguerre de Hurreaux. She is also a French Language Coach for the Opera Studies and Historical Performance Departments. The Guildhall School productions for which she has coached include Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Charpentier’s Actéon Changé en Biche as part of the London Handel Festival 2015. Aurélia is regularly asked to coach French opera scenes and is part of the tutoring staff at the annual GSMD Summer Course led by Dominic Wheeler in Fontainebleau, France. She was recently invited to work with the BBC Symphony Chorus on Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette and for the Royal Academy of Music Vocal Faculty. Since 2014 she has also been working for the Associated Studios Opera Courses.

Born in France, Aurélia initially read psychology and musicology at the François Rabelais University in Tours. In 2004 she joined the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with David Pollard and graduated in 2010 with a Guildhall Artist MMus in Vocal Performance. For this she was generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust. In 2011 she completed a Guildhall Artist Fellowship Programme which included her offering French Language classes and individual coaching. As a result of this and her passion for French elocution and declamation, Aurélia was subsequently invited to join the Vocal Studies staff and collaborate with Gordon Stewart as a French Language and Diction Teacher.

In addition to her teaching and coaching career, Aurélia Jonvaux is a versatile performer curious to explore diverse genres. For example, in 2010 she took part in Iain Burnside’s dramatised song performance The Lads in their Hundreds. She then made her dramatic debut as Miss Julie in a Strindberg performance project devised and directed by Polly Graham at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Another project was also a staged version of Handel’s Cantata La Lucrezia directed by Jenny Miller.

Roles include Pamina and Papagena Die Zauberflöte, Despina Così fan tutte, Belinda Dido & Aeneas, Oscar A Masked Ball, Musetta La Bohème, Morgana Alcina, Chérubin Les Noces de Figaro and Venus Venus & Adonis. Aurélia is also at ease with the French Operetta genre and has appeared as Germaine Les Cloches de Corneville and Laurette Le Docteur Miracle. In 2016 she will be performing the title role in La Périchole for Opéra de Baugé, France. Aurélia was a finalist in the 11th International Singing Competition in Canari, Corsica.

On the concert platform, Aurélia enjoys portraying the song repertoire such as Brahms’s Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52, Spohr’s Sechs Deutsche Lieder Op. 103, Poulenc’s Fiançailles pour rire and Argento’s Six Elizabethan Songs. Further solo performances include Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah and Jephtha, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem and Exsultate jubilate and Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore. She has also appeared twice on the BBC Radio 3 In Tune programme.