Isabelle Aboulker

(born in 1938, France), composer. She was born under the concordant influences of a grandfather composer, Henry Février, and a father, Marcel Aboulker, who was both film director and writer. In parallel with her studies in music theory and accompaniment at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, she composed for the cinema, the theatre, and the television. An accompanist, a choral director and subsequently teacher of young singers at the Conservatoire de Paris, she focussed her creative activity from 1981 on the voice and opera. Attentive to prosody, demanding in the choice of libretti, she considers herself an heir to French tradition of Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. The excellent welcome accorded to the premiere of her first stage work Les Surprises de l’Enfer (1981) revealed her orientation: Leçons de français aux américains (1983), Trois folies d’opéra pour trois femmes compositeurs (1986), Cinq Nô Modernes (1992), La Lacune (1993), Monsieur de Balzac fait son théâtre (1999), Le Renard à l’opéra (2004). The name of Isabelle Aboulker is no less closely associated with opera for children. From Moi, Ulysse (1982, commissioned by Jean-Claude Malgoire for the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing) to Jérémy Fisher (2007, commissioned by the Debussy Quartet and Lyons Opera), her works Atchafalaya, Martin Squelette, Douce et Barbe Bleue, La Fontaine et le Corbeau, Les Fables Enchantées, Les Enfants du Levant are frequently performed by conservatories and music schools, and they regurlarly appear appear in the youth programmes of the major French and foreign opera houses. Isabelle Aboulker has also composed, in the collection “Ecoutez-lire”, several scores that accompany Le Petit Prince, Inconnu à cette adresse, L’Ami retrouvé.
Selected works: Boule de suif, text by Guy de Maupassant, 2013; Petites histoires naturelles, texts by  Jules Renard, 2011; Histoire du petit Ivan qui ne voulait pas devenir soldat, Conte musical, Prologue to Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat, same instrumentation 2010; Mélodies, texts by Charles Cros and  Germain Nouveau, 2003-2011; Jérémy Fisher, after the play by Mohamed Rouahbi, 2009; Fables de Jean de la Fontaine, 2004; Douce et Barbe-Bleue, libretto by Christian Eymery, ¬60’, Conte musical in the form of opera, for baritone, children's choir and instrumental ensemble, 2002; Les Enfants du Levant, libretto by Christian Eymery, after the novel by Claude Gritti, opera for Children, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, 3 actors, children's choir and orchestra, 2001; 1918, L’Homme qui titubait dans la guerre, texts chosen by Arielle Augry, 50’, Oratorio for mezzo-soprano, baritone, narrator, children's choir and instrumental ensemble, 1998; Leçons de français aux étudiants américains, texts by Eugène Ionesco, 1983; La Lacune, 1978.
Recordings: Douce et Barbe Bleue and Les Fables Enchantées, books-CDs by Gallimard Jeunesse.
Publishers: Alphonse Leduc, Billaudot, Delatour France
Awards: Prize by The Académie des Beaux-Arts, 1999; SACD music prize, 2000.