Born in Albi, Gabrielle Philiponet was formed as a flutist before entering the Conservatory of Valencienne in 2003 where she was taught at the vocal class of Daniel Ottevaere who still is her teacher nowadays. Two years later, she graduated with distinction and worked at the same time on her repertoire together with Janine Reiss in Paris and David Miller in Brussels. In 2005, she was admitted to the opera studio of the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (CMRE) under the direction of José Van Dam and in collaboration with the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. She participated in master classes by Tom Krause, Anne-Marie Fontaine, Helmut Deutsch, Jocelyne Dienst, David Miller and José Van Dam. She received her diploma from the CMRE with the highest distinctions.
In 2004, she was to be heard at the international singing competition in Vivonne where she received the prize for young talents and, in 2006, the first prize 'Grande Dame'. In the same year, she was awarded the first prize at the singing competition in Béziers. At the international competition in Marmande, she was accorded the young talent prize in 2006 and the special jury prize in 2007. Also in 2007, she received the 3rd prize in the category of women at the international competition of the Opéra de Marseille, and in 2008, she was awarded the 6th prize at the prestigious Concours Reine Elisabeth.
Gabrielle Philiponet has performed roles such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Opéra national de Lorraine, Musetta (La Bohème) at the Opéra de Marseille, Despina (Così fan tutte) at the Opéra de Toulon, Corinna (Il viaggio a Reims) on tour throughout France, Eurydice (Orphée aux Enfers) at the Opéra National de Montpellier, le Feu, la Princesse and le Rossignol (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges) with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. She was also La Fée (Cendrillon by Massenet) at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie and at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Lauretta (Gianni Schicci) with the Belgian National Orchestra, Rosalinde (La chauve-souris) in Avignon. Her interpretation of Magda (La Rondine) at the Opéra national de Lorraine in 2012 was a further step towards the lyric repertoire.
She has recently performed Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Angers Nantes Opera, Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) at the Rouen Opera, Lisa (The Land of smiles) at the Tours Opera, Frasquita (Carmen) for her debut at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence as well as in another production at the Bayerische Staatoper Munich. She made also her debut as Mimi (La Boheme) on tour in Spain, performed Musetta (La Boheme) at the Metz Opera and the Massy Opera, Adina (L'Elisir d'amore) at the Nice Opera, Marguerite (Faust) at the Saint-Etienne Opera and Violetta (La Traviata) at the New Orleans Opera for her US debut. She went back to the USA in 2017 performing Rameau's Le Temple de la gloire in San Francisco.
Her upcoming commitments include her debut in the role of Leila (Les Pêcheurs de perles) at the Nice Opera as well as Micaela (Carmen) at the Metz Opera and her debut at the Opéra de Paris (Frasquita).
In concert, she has sung, among others, Haydn's The Creation with the Orchestre d'Auvergne, Mozart’s Great Mass in c minor at the Festival de Radio-France et Montpellier, Rossini's Stabat Mater with the Orchestre national de Lille, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in Seville, Essouira (Festival les Alizés) and at the Festival d'Arromanches. Furthermore, she sang Sémiramis by Catel (role of Azema) at the Festival de Radio-France et Montpellier, Adrien by Méhul (Erimène) at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest, Le Dernier Jour de Pompéi by Joncières (Ione) and Herculaneum by David (LIlia) at the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, Otello by Verdi (Desdemona) in Györ with José Cura in the title role as well as Marie Stuart et Rizzio by Gounod with the Orchestre de Padova e del Veneto.
Gabrielle Philiponet has worked together with conductors such as Alain Altinouglu, Nicolas André, José Cura, Roberto Fores-Veses, Paul Goodwin, Stefan Klingele, Kent Nagano, Gunter Neuhold, Hervé Niquet, Vasily Petrenko, Michel Piquemal, Sébastien Rouland, György Vashegyi and Pascal Verrot.
Her discography includes Scène de Chasse by René Koering (une Amazone) for Universal Music, Sémiramis by Catel (Azéma) for Glossa, Un mari à la porte (Rosita) by Offenbach with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, works by Max d'Ollone, Dimitri by Victorin Joncières and Adrien by Etienne-Nicolas Méhul, the three of them in the frame of the editions by the Centre de Musique Romantique française - Palazzetto Bru Zane. Released in 2018 in the "Prix de Rome" collection of the Palazzetto Bru Zane, cantatas and sacred music by Charles Gounod in order to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the French composer's birthday, with Brussels Philharmonic, Vlaams Radio Koor and Hervé Niquet conducting.