As a toddler, French mezzo-soprano Elsa Barthas sang before she could speak and took piano lessons to meet her musical needs. Her love for opera was awakened by the sumptuous costumes, enchanting music and magical sets during a performance of Die Zauberflöte in Théatre du Capitole de Toulouse. Elsa obtained her Bachelor of piano at the Conservatory of Toulouse, where she was surrounded by striking personalities such as Jane Berbié's singing teacher, Mady Mesplé and Robert Massard. With a Bachelor of Musicology in her pocket, she then went to Geneva to study singing with Gilles Cachemaille. With Jane Berbié as coach, Elsa won the Prize of the Dutch Song in 2010 for her interpretation of the IVC Opdrachtcomposition. Filled with passion for ensemble music and working on music theatre as a team, she auditioned for the Chorus of Dutch National Opera.
In her spare time, she composes her own songs, a passion that keeps the connection with her French roots intact.