Internationally acclaimed soprano Chen Reiss founds the new musical association Sourire Music in collaboration with the Parisian hôtel particulier Sourire de Passy.  The association is dedicated to supporting and promoting classical musicians at the start of their career by providing them with training, guidance, and a performance platform. These opportunities will help talented young artists to bridge the gap between their formal music education and professional career.
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  Fund-raising Concert with Chen Reiss

Date: 26th of March 2023 at 16h30

Venue: Sourire Boutique Hôtel – Sourire de Passy, 29 rue des Marronniers, 75016 Paris, France


Sourire Music invites you to an exclusive concert with internationally acclaimed soprano Chen Reiss in the luxurious surroundings of an intimate and relaxing Parisian “hôtel particulier” in the 16th arrondissement. With soprano Chen Reiss, pianist Nico De Villiers and two students from the Royal Northern Academy of Music, in a vocal and instrumental program ranging from Mozart to Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss.


With “immaculately produced and enticing tone matched by superb musicianship” (Opera News, USA), soprano Chen Reiss is a regular guest with major institutions including the Vienna State Opera, Teatro Alla Scala, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival, the Israel and Munich Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, as well as at Vienna’s Musikverein, Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, and Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels.

She counts among her collaborators such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Manfred Honeck, Paavo Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Antonio Pappano, Lahav Shani, Christian Thielemann and Franz Welser-Möst.

Her operatic repertoire includes Mozart and Handel heroines, Gilda (Rigoletto), Adina (L’Elisir d’amore), Zdenka (Arabella), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen. Her concert repertoire spans from Bach and Haydn, through Rossini and Mahler, to Berg and Strauss.

She has recorded widely from Cimarosa and Salieri to Fauré, Mahler, Stravinsky and Lehar, and in 2020 releases an album of rare Beethoven arias and songs. In 2014 Reiss was invited to sing for Pope Francis during the Christmas Mass, which was broadcast worldwide.

With the Vienna Philharmonic she was the guest soloist at the 30th anniversary celebrations of Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and with the Orchestre National de France she took part in the 2019 Bastille Day ‘Concert de Paris’, televised live from Paris’s iconic Eiffel Tower. Accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, she sang the soundtrack to “Perfume: the Story of a Murderer”. Chen has been giving Masterclasses regularly since 2014 in the UK, Germany, Israel and more.



  • Masterclass with Chen Reiss: 2-4 February
  • Masterclass with Hilary Hahn: 22 April
  • Masterclass with Chen Reiss: November (date to be confirmed)
  • Further events to be announced


  • First Masterclass Concert: 4 February at 20h30
  • Fundraising Concert (Artists: Chen Reiss and Nico de Villiers, with emerging Clarinetist and Violinist from Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester): 26 March at 16h30 
  • Masterclass Concert: November (date to be confirmed)


French music critic and journalist at ResMusica and AltaMusica Vincent Guillemin wrote an article on last Concert at Sourire Music: Click to read it 


Sourire Music Masterclass registration fees (students) 

Sourire Music Masterclass attendance (passive participants)

Sourire Music Concert (public)

Memories of February 4th Concert given by Chen Reiss soprano students after 3 days of Masterclass