Young Artists Program

Young Artists Program

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Young Artists Program

Opera Fuoco offers a unique, custom-made experience to young singers transitioning from conservatory to professional life in a rigorous yet supportive environment.
Singers are able to work with conductor David Stern, experienced vocal coaches and stage directors in various contexts ranging from masterclasses and recitals to large-scale performances with orchestra and fully staged opera productions.

The repertoire spans not only several centuries but a variety of genres, from baroque to contemporary, including musical comedy and jazz.
Every four years, approximately 12-18 young singers are selected based on auditions. Each season, the company offers 3-4 master classes or workshops, 2-3 concerts with orchestra and 1-2 stage productions.


Master-classes et ateliers

Master classes and workshops take place in smaller Paris-area venues, such as museums, cultural centers or libraries. Master classes are usually genre-based, such as French Baroque, German Lied, Italian Bel Canto, American art song or Jazz and take place over the course of 4 days with a final performance. Workshops involve an in-depth musical and dramatic study of a single piece, working with a stage director or choreographer and often in preparation for a larger-scale production.

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Concerts with orchestra & Stage productions 

Opera Fuoco studio singers have the opportunity to perform 3 large-scale concert programs or operas with David Stern and Opera Fuoco's orchestra in the company’s residence, the Salle Ravel of Levallois in the Paris area. 
Opera Fuoco has numerous partners in France, Europe and Asia, notably the Paris Philharmonie, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Bachfest Leipzig, the Telemann Festival and Magdeburg Theater, and the Shanghai Baroque and Beijing Music Festivals. The company singers have worked with numerous well-known stage directors in France and Germany.
Some productions have taken the young artists to work with David Stern and other orchestras such as the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the NDR Radio orchestra in Hannover.

Mentoring

David Stern offers individual coachings to help studio singers prepare for auditions and make repertoire choices.
Studio singers participate in Opera Fuoco’s outreach projects, working with school children and amateur singers in the Paris area. Whether telling an opera story or exposing new audiences to professionally trained voices, they develop communication skills and share artistic experiences, all while discovering and using the power of music as an educational tool. 

STATEMENTS

David Stern and Jay Bernfeld are revolutionary in their music-making, combining an incredibly high standard with a great sense of humour and humanity.
They taught me not only that the essence of music is found within the nuances of the text, but above all through the expression of joy
SARA HERSHKOWITZ – FORMER MEMBER OF THE YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM

David Stern’s perfect understanding of the voice and the vocal repertoire are as exceptional as his generosity and his guidance towards young singers. He reveals the singers’ potential by constantly pushing them beyond their limits.
CHANTAL SANTON - FORMER MEMBER OF THE YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM


Historique des master-classes

2020

Offenbach / Gilbert & Sullivan 

With Dame Felicity Lott

Jazz & Blues 

Avec Tierney Sutton

2019

Les plaisirs de la Seine 

With Karine Deshayes

La Rondine

With Inva Mula

2018

Mozart Ensemble(s)

With Barbara Bonney

Blues & Jazz

With Sara Lazarus

2017

Baroque à Venise

With Yetzabel Arias Fernandez

Au temps de Monsieur Marmottan

With Jeff Cohen

West Side Story

With Reri Grist

2016

Candide de Bernstein

With David Charles Abell

Baroque & Jazz

With Christopher Culpo

The Golden Bride

With Stuart Seide

Autour de Massenet

With Laurent Naouri

2015

Around John Cage

With Stuart Seide

Monteverdi, Cavalli, Sartorio

With Guillemette Laurens

Kiss me Kate de Cole Porter

With Jeff Cohen

Les noces de Figaro

With  Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

Naissance du Romantisme

With Véronique Gens

2014

Bernstein, Gershwin, Ives

With Jeff Cohen

Cosi Fanciulli

With Chantal Santon

2013

L’école américaine

With Jeff Cohen

Autour de Mozart et Haydn

With Laurence Dale

Les Italiens autour de Haendel

With Jill Feldman

2012

Autour du Mikado de Gilbert et Sullivan

With Richard Stuart

Chanter l’anglais, de Purcell à Britten

With Paul Agnew

La mélodie française

With Paul Agnew

2011

L’opéra français

With Jean-Paul Fouchécourt

Le Bel Canto

With Véronica Cangemini


Young Artists

La troupe 2021-2023

Aymeric Biesemans – Baryton
Aymeric Biesemans – Baryton

Aymeric Biesemans est un jeune baryton quimpérois de vingt-trois ans. Il commence le chant à l’âge de quinze ans et s’éprend rapidement de ce nouveau mode d’expression permettant d’extérioriser et de partager sa sensibilité à travers un langage universel.

En 2018, il intègre le CNSM de PARIS. Il s’y découvre une passion pour le répertoire allemand grâce au cours de Stephan Gens sur l’interprétation de cette musique, d’un projet autour des Knaben Wunderhorn de Mahler et d’un travail de musique de chambre sur les Goethe Lieder de Wolf dans la classe d’Anne Le Bozec. Son timbre naturellement chaleureux et puissant dans les graves lui offre une aisance pour ce répertoire.

Parmi les rôles interprétés, on peut citer Sarastro dans Les mystères d’Isisde Lachnith, Morales dans Carmende Bizet et Pandolphe dans Cendrillonde Massenet. Il est à noter qu’il est arrivé finaliste pour le concours « Opéra Jeunes Espoirs » Raymond Duffaud 2019. Dans les années à venir, il aimerait travailler les répertoires de baryton de Händel, Haydn et Mozart.

Rémy Bres-Feuillet – Contre-ténor
Rémy Bres-Feuillet – Contre-ténor

Titulaire d’une licence de droit, et après des études d’accordéon au CRR d’Avignon, Rémy Brès-Feuillet étudie le chant lyrique au Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional de Marseille où il perfectionne sa technique vocale auprès de Magali Damonte ainsi que Mareike Schellenberger au CRR d’Aix-en-Provence. Il reçoit entre autres les conseils de Susan Manoff, Brigitte Balleys et Sandrine Piau lors de masterclass. Prix « jeune espoir » du Centre Français de Promotion Lyrique au Concours International de la mélodie de Gordes, ainsi que premier prix Mélodie Française au concours international de chant de Marmande en 2019, il reçoit également le prix Dussurget « Jeune espoir » de la fondation Gabriel Dussurget en juin 2019.

Il fait ses débuts sur scène en interprétant le rôle de la Triade lors de la création de l’Opéra BaroKKo au Théâtre Académique de Perm (Russie) puis au Baltic House Festival en 2019 (Saint-Petersbourg) dans une mise en scène de Serge Noyelle. Au fil d’une démarche artistique originale, il travaille avec la compagnie Théâtre NoNo avec laquelle il initie une recherche autour de la voix de contre-ténor et son rapport à la théâtralité et la création contemporaine. Il collabore également en tant que soliste aux créations de l’ensemble Concerto Soave, notamment dans l’Admeto de Händel dans le rôle de Trasimède à La Criée (Marseille) ainsi que dans La contesa de numi de Caldara avec les solistes du choeur de chambre de Namur (CAV&MA).

Rémy forme par ailleurs un duo avec le jeune pianiste Yoann Pourre, avec lequel il explore le répertoire du lied et de la mélodie. Ils se produisent notamment en récital au Lavaux Classic (Lausanne), aux Musicales du Luberon (Gordes) et à la Folle Criée (Marseille).

 

Site internet de Rémy Bres-Feuillet

Lluis Calvet I Pey – Baryton
Lluis Calvet I Pey – Baryton

Lluis Calvet I Pey began his studies at the Conservatori Professional de Sabadell with singing teacher, Elisenda Cabero. Soon after, he was given the opportunity to participate in music projects as a soloist, such as Händell’s The Messiah, Cimarosa’s Il Convito, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

In 2017 he was awarded the Young Promises scholarship by the Fundació de Música Ferrer-Salat to study the singing degree at the Conservatori Superior del Liceu with singing teacher, Maria Dolors Aldea, vocal coach Marta Pujol, and chamber teacher Alan Branch.

In 2019, Lluís participated in projects with the MA Opera course at the Conservatori Superior del Liceu, playing the role of Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amor, under the stage direction of Paco Azorín.

After this, Lluís participated as a soloist in Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalilahat the Festival Internacional de Teatro Clásico de Mérida. Here, he shared the stage with Noah Stewart, Alejandro Roy, Maria José Montiel, Simón Orfila and David Menéndez, under the musical direction of Alvaro Albiach and stage direction of Paco Azorín.

In September 2020, Lluís moved to Cardiff, Wales, to begin his final year undergraduate studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He is currently studying with singing teacher Adrian Thompson, and vocal coach Nicki Rose. Lluís was awarded a scholarship to complete his MA in Advanced Opera at the RWCMD.

He has recently been awarded a scholarship by Opera Fuoco Project in Paris, which will blend with his studies in Cardiff.

Anna Cavaliero – Soprano
Anna Cavaliero – Soprano

British-Hungarian soprano Anna Cavaliero is a Samling Artist, City Music Foundation Artist, Handel House Talent Scheme Artist, and member of the studio of the Opéra de Lyon. She was previously also a Britten-Pears Young Artist, an Alvarez Young Artist with Garsington Opera, and a Countess of Munster Recital Scheme Artist. Anna won the 2019 Opera Prelude Singer’s Prize, was a semi-finalist in the London Mozart Competition, and was awarded second prize in the 2017 Lies Askonas competition.

 

At home in a wide range of musical genres, Anna performs a diverse repertoire encompassing opera, oratorio, chamber music, art song, contemporary music and early music. This season she sings the roles of Bergère/ Chauve-souris/ Pastourelle/ Chouette in Ravel L'Enfant et les sortilèges for the Opéra de Lyon. Upcoming concert appearances include Britten Les Illuminations with the Echéa Quartet and Tippett A Child of Our Time with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México. Anna has given recitals with Sholto Kynoch for Oxford Lieder and Leicester International Music Festival. She recently performed a baroque song programme with Julian Perkins for the Oxford Lieder Festival 2020, and Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the London Mozart Players at East Finchley Arts Festival. Further concert appearances have included performances at Wigmore Hall, Hereford Cathedral, Eton College Chapel, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Southwark Cathedral, Kings College Chapel and The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

 

On the operatic stage, Anna’s roles have included Belinda Dido and Aeneas (The Master Shipwright's House, Deptford); Ground Ivy The Fairy Queen, and Zerlina Don Giovanni (Waterperry Opera Festival); Soliste/ Mme Rossignol in Blacher Romeo and Juliet (Théâtre de La Croix Rousse Opéra de Lyon); Die Prinzessin in Maxwell-Davies The Hogboon (Philharmonie de Luxembourg); Fortuna/ Damigella/ Venere L’incoronazione di Poppea and Euridice (cover) Orfeo ed Euridice (Longborough Festival Opera); Mab, Adelaide in Dove The Enchanted Pig (Hampstead Garden Opera); Galatea Acis and Galatea, serenata in tre parti (Snape Maltings); and Pamina The Magic Flute (ADC Theatre Cambridge).

 

Anna studied English with a choral scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, before graduating with distinction from a masters at the Royal College of Music. She then completed her postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg with soprano Barbara Bonney.

 

Anna Cavaliero's website

Guy Elliott – Ténor
Guy Elliott – Ténor

Guy Elliott is a tenor based in London where he studied on a full scholarship at the Royal College of Music. During his studies, he was generously supported by Help Musicians UK and the HR Taylor Trust. Guy has won several awards and scholarships including the Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award, Josephine Baker Trust Scholarship and a Joaninha Trust prize. Guy won the Britten - Pears YAP Prize at the 2019 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition.

 

Guy is an experienced concert soloist with recent oratorio highlights including; Messiah (Handel) at the Royal Albert Hall with the English Festival Orchestra, Requiem (Mozart) at St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, with the Wiener Domorchester and Nelson Mass (Haydn) in Riga Cathedral Latvia. He has sung the Evangelist in the St. John Passion (Bach) on numerous occasions. Guy made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2019 singing excerpts from Fauré's La Bonne Chanson as part of the Wigmore Hall French Song Exchange. He is also a keen exponent of experimental music with performances including Stimmung (Stockhausen) with Singcircle at Barbican Hall.

 

For the RCM International Opera Studio, Guy has performed the roles of Prince Philippe A Dinner Engagement (Berkeley), Toby Robinson Crusoe (Offenbach) and covered Sandy The Lighthouse (Maxwell Davies). Guy has also covered several roles for English Touring Opera including Telemachus Ulysses’ Homecoming (Monteverdi) and Mercurio La Calisto (Cavalli). In 2019, Guy performed the role of Dr. Miracle Le Docteur Miracle (Bizet) for Wexford Festival Opera.

 

Guy has a passion for arts education, having worked with the education department of English Touring Opera on roles including Olly in Waxwings, an opera for children with SEN which toured the UK and performed at Philharmonie Luxembourg and Orpheus in One Step Forward, a school collaboration. He has also performed songs from On Wenlock Edge (Vaughan Williams) with the education department of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

➜ Guy Elliott's website

Floriane Hasler – Mezzo-soprano
Floriane Hasler – Mezzo-soprano

Young mezzo with a warm voice, Floriane Hasler holds a Bachelor's degree with honors form the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris.

During her chilhood, she took french horn and vocal-lessons, before pursuing her studies at the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris'choir (conductor Lionel Sow) where she followed the teaching of Rosa Dominguez. She became familiar with medieval music and improved her knowledge of early music, her favourite period. In 2017, she joined the CNSMDP, where she studied a later repertoire, supported by her teachers Chantal Mathias, Florence Boissolle, etc. She also discovered the performing art with Emmanuelle Cordoliani.

The young mezzo was then chosen for several projects where she held solo parts, such as Bach cantata BWV 3 (conductor Masaaki Suzuki) and BWV 106 (conductor Stephan MacLeod), the re-creation of the Opera Giove in Argo by Antonio Lotti, in the role of Diane (conductor Léonardo García Alarcón) and has attended masterclass with Barbara Hannigan on a live broadcast from the Opéra Comique.

Floriane Hasler took her first steps on stage at the age of 23 in the operas of Versailles, Bordeaux, and Caen, in the part of the third Grace in Rossi's Orfeo (conductor Raphaël Pichon, stagingJetske Mijnssen). Passionate about J.S Bach, she performed in the Magnificat (conductor Marzena Diakun), as well as in the Saint John Passion (conductor Simon Proust) where she successively held the alto solo parts. She was also invited by the Ensemble Correspondance (conductor Sébastien Daucé) to perform extracts from works by H. Purcell.

Shortly after, she recorded M.A Charpentier's Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with the Ensemble Desmarest (conductor Ronan Khalil), in the role of Proserpine (published by Glossa). By the same composer, she sang the part of Architecture in the Arts Florissants with the Ensemble Marguerite Louise (conductor Gaëtan Jarry). Then she collaborated with Le Poème Harmonique (conductorVincent Dumestre) with whom she sang Clérambault's Miserere on many occasions. Ardently devoted to contemporary music, she joined the ensemble Le Balcon (conductor Maxime Pascal and Alphonse Cemin) for a programme based on Claude Vivier's Voix.

She recently joined Les Ambassadeurs (conductor Alexis Kossenko) to record Achante et Céphise by J.P Rameau as the Third Priestess of Love (to be released soon by Warner Classics). She shall take part in F. Cavalli's Egisto conducted by Vincent Dumestre at the Royal Opera of Versailles and sing Didone and Volupia. Floriane Hasler is now a member of the 5th generation of the prestigious Compagny Opera Fuoco conducted by David Stern.

Floriane Hasler's website

Daegyun Jeong – Baryton
Daegyun Jeong – Baryton

The lyric baritone Daegyun Jeong was born in South Korea in 1994. From 2013-2017, he studied voice at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore with Prof. Alan Lee Bennett.

During his studies, he performed in a variety of concerts, singing music by Bach, Mozart and Haydn, among others, as well as in renowned halls such as Daegu Opera House, Suseung Art Center and Daegu Citizen Hall. He has also been heard on several Korean radio stations. In October 2017, Daegyun Jeong began a master's degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln with a focus on opera and concert in the class of Prof. Mario Hoff and Prof. Johannes Martin Kränzle. In the 2017/18 season he made his debut at the Aachen Theatre as the Forester in Das schlaue Füchslein (Příhody lišky Bystroušky), and at Munich's Cuvilliéstheater in 2018 he appeared as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte (Mozart).

 

Daegyun Jeong has been a member of the Opera Studio NRW since 2019/20 and was on stage at the Dortmund Theatre as 3rd Noble in Lohengrin. At the Wuppertal Opera he was heard as Schaunard in La Bohème (Puccini). In the 2020/21 season he will appear at the Aalto Theater Essen as Leuthold in Rossini's Guillaume Tell, at the Musiktheater im Revier as Yamadori in Madama Butterfly (Puccini), at the Wuppertal Opera as Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan), and again as Shaunard as well as Duphol in La traviata (Verdi).

Eugénie Joneau – Mezzo-soprano
Eugénie Joneau – Mezzo-soprano

Eugénie is a french mezzo-soprano who studied in Lyon with Pierre Ribémont. Then, she perfected herself in different repertoire with Anaïk Morel, Jane Thorner, Irene Kudela, Marie-Claude Papion and Mari Laurila-Lili.

As part of her studies, she sang Orphée (Orphée and Eurydice) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas).

She was invited as a soloist in « La petite messe solennelle » of Rossini in the main room of the Lyon’s City Hall and also in Lou (L’homme qui titubait dans la guerre by Isabelle Aboulker).

In 2018, she won the 1st Opera Prize and the 1st Melody Prize at the 25th International Opera Competition in Mâcon.

She made her debut as the 3rd Lady (Die Zauberflöte), under the baton of Quentin Hindley.

In 2020/21, she will be Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, The German Mother/The Danish Lady/The Newspaper seller in Death in Venice and Kate Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly.

En 2020/21 elle y chantera notamment le rôle de la Mère dans Hansel et Gretel, The German Mother, the Danish lady et the Newspaper seller dans la Mort à Venise et celui de Kate Pinkerton dans Madame Butterfly.

Eugénie Joneau's website

Gautier Joubert – Basse
Gautier Joubert – Basse

Gautier Joubert discovered lyrical singing during his studies at the Lycée Sainte-Geneviève in Versailles. While teaching mathematics, he took vocal classes at the Conservatoire de Reims during three years and joined the choir Ensemble Lyrique Champagne-Ardenne for several productions at the Opéra de Reims and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

In January 2017 he obtained his first role as a soloist, Oroveso in Norma, for the symphonic orchestra Les Concerts d’Athalie. Gautier Joubert made his stage debut 2018 as Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin) at the Opéra de Reims. He then was Zuniga (Carmen) for the Orchestre Ut Cinquième, Angelotti (Tosca) for the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Paris, and Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte) for the companies Pro'Scenio and ArtemOise, as well as performing several times at recitals in Switzerland.

In the field of oratories he sang Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem with the ensemble VociHARMONIE as well as Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with the Choeur Montjoie.

In September 2019, he joined the Opera Studio of the Opéra national du Rhin, where he was cast in the season’s opening concert, the production of Parsifal and the creation of Howard Moody’s Lunar Lake.

Lately he participated in masterclasses with Malcolm King, Lionel Sarrazin, Patricia Ciofi and Chris Merritt.

In 2021, he becomes a member of the 5th generation of the Young Artists Program offered by Opera Fuoco, the opera company founded and directed by David Stern.

Gautier Joubert's website

Iryna Kyshliaruk – Soprano
Iryna Kyshliaruk – Soprano

Née en Ukraine, Iryna Kyshliaruk commence ses études musicales à l’Académie des Arts de Kiev, tout d’abord dans les classes de violoncelle et de composition, avant d’y intégrer la classe de chant de Maria Stefiuk, puis elle se perfectionne au CNSM de Paris auprès d’Elène Golgevit ainsi que de Stephan Genz (répertoire allemand), Anne Le Bozec (Lied et mélodie), Jeff Cohen (Lied et mélodie) ou encore Kenneth Weiss (répertoire baroque). Passionnée par le répertoire allemand, Iryna Kyshliaruk étudie également à Leipzig auprès de KS Pr. Regina Werner. Elle est lauréate du Concours de chant de Mâcon et Concours de Lied et Mélodie de Gordes.

Elle fait ses débuts sur scène dans le rôle de l’Amour (Orfeode Gluck) à l’Opéra Studio de Kiev. En 2018 elle débute dans le rôle de Cléopâtre (Giulio Cesare) dans le cadre d’une collaboration entre le CNSMDP et la Philharmonie de Paris.

En concert, elle chante le rôle d’Eve (Die Schopfung) sous la direction de David Reiland à la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Pendant les saisons 2018-2019 elle s’est produite en concert à l’Opéra National de Kiev sous la direction de M.Diadura, au Festival de Paris avec Jeff Cohen et Sahy Ratianarivo, au Festival de l’Histoire de l’Art de Fontainebleau avec Kenneth Weiss, à “l’École des Filles” avec Anne Le Bozec et Yun-Ho Chen ainsi qu’en récital au Nohant Festival Chopin avec Yun-Ho Chen. Elle retrouve également Anne Le Bozec au Festival de Fénétrange, et Yun-Ho Chen pour Le Festival de Croissy.

Plus récemment elle chante en concerts à la Salle Cortot et à l’Opéra d’Avignon au Festival “Fieffés Musiciens et participe aux résidences de Royaumont et de la Cité de la Voix.

Pendant la saison 2021-2022 Iryna fera ses débuts à l’Opéra de Saint-Etienne et à l’Opéra de Rouen.

Iryna a été soutenue par la Fondation Royaumont, la Fondation de France, la Fondation Meyer, la Fondation Goélands, la Société Générale, la Fondation « L’or du Rhin », la Bourse Ute, le Fonds Kriegelstein et Patrick Petit.

Solène Laurent – Mezzo-soprano
Solène Laurent – Mezzo-soprano

Solène Laurent débute la musique à l’âge de quatre ans.  Parallèlement à la chorale du conservatoire, sous la direction d’Olivier Frontière, elle découvre respectivement la danse, le hautbois, le piano puis le chant. En 2007, elle intègre la Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris, dirigée par Lionel Sow et Emily Fleury. Elle fait ses premières armes en tant que soliste dans de nombreuses manifestations musicales : événements religieux, concerts, enregistrements, notamment dans Le Livre de Notre-Dame, création mondiale dans le cadre du Jubilé de Notre-Dame de Paris, en 2013.

L’année suivante, Solène intègre le département supérieur pour Jeunes Chanteurs au CRR de Paris, dans la classe de Florence Guignolet. Elle chante les rôles de Cupidon (Orphée aux Enfers d’Offenbach, 2016), du Prince Orlovsky (La Chauve-Souris, Johann Strauss, 2017), et de Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy, 2018),  mis en scène par Florence Guignolet.

En 2017, elle obtient brillamment son DEM. Elle participe en janvier 2019 aux Préludes à la Philharmonie de Paris, et chante l’air de La Habanera, de Carmen, au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, en juillet 2019, à l’occasion d’un concert pour Amnesty International. Elle obtient son Prix de Perfectionnement au DSJC avec les félicitations du jury et un prix spécial pour la mise en scène. Solène poursuit actuellement ses études au CNSMDP et intègre en 2021 l’Atelier Lyrique d’Opera Fuoco.

Halidou Nombre – Baryton
Halidou Nombre – Baryton

After having been an aeronautical engineer, then an investment banker, Halidou decides to devote himself fully to the operatic scene, his first passion. Parallel to his academic career, he took his first steps on stage in musicals before joining a big band soul interpreting the great classics of motown. Spotted by a modeling agency, he tried his hand as model for fashion designers and fashion TV. Interested in dance, he joined the contemporary dance company of the Sorbonne during his graduate studies. The desire to always work on his voice leads him to the lyrical repertoire which appears to be a revelation. He began his training in Saint Ouen with Frédérique Epin and Aurélie Courtot, before perfecting his skills with Pierre Catala and Guillemette Laurens. Holder of a Diploma of Musical Study from the CRR Paris, Halidou integrates at the end of 2018 his concertist cycle in the class of Elsa Maurus from whom he will graduate in 2020. He participates in numerous masterclasses, among which we will retain the one about Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro with maestro Ruggero Raimondi. In 2020, Halidou became resident artist at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel for which he received a scholarship. He collaborates then with the masters in residence José Van dam and Sophie Koch. In 2021 he is laureate of the Orsay-Royaumont Academy and joins the Opera Fuoco lyric workshop directed by David Stern.

As a stage true lover, Halidou has distinguished himself in numerous roles since his debut in both opera and operetta, not forgetting the repertoire of chamber music and Lieder with Jean-Marc Pont Marchesi with whom he performs in recital. He has also tried his hand at directing, notably with a production of Dido and Aeneas at the Hotel Gouthière in Paris. Among the roles he has taken on are Don Alfonso in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at the PBA in Charleroi, Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen at the Théâtre Royal de Mons in 2020, Golaud in Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande, Mercutio in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in 2018, The fairy queen by Purcell (Drunken poet and Hymen), Geneviève de Brabant by Offenbach (Grabuge), Elle est à vous by Maurice Yvain (René) in 2017, Le dialogue des carmélites by Poulenc (Le Marquis de la force) in 2016, Don Giovanni by Mozart (Leoporello) and Il matrimonio segreto de Cimarosa (Geronimo) in 2015. In 2019 he participates in the creation of the contemporary Jungle Opera inspired by Kipling's book at the opera houses of Limoges, Bordeaux and Tours.

For the 2020/2021 season he will be on tour with Les Frivolités Parisiennes in Paul Miraski's "Normandie" as Victor, in a revival of Jungle at the opera of Tour and Massy, and in Rameau's Platée directed by Stephane Delbassé as Jupiter. He will also be at the Festival d'Aix en Provence in June 2021 as part of his academy (opera de ci de là).

For the next two seasons, he will reprise the role of Golaud in a new creation of Debussy's opera Pelléas & Mélisande directed by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier at the Vichy and Clermont Ferrand Opera and then on a national tour.

Halidou Nombre's website

Thomas Ricart – Ténor
Thomas Ricart – Ténor

Thomas Ricart first began singing in his school choir under the direction of Rémi Gousseau. Then, after graduating from the ESSEC Business School in both finance and entrepreneurship, he entered the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP), France’s leading music school, in 2016 in order to fully devote his life to music.

Dans les prochains mois, il chantera le rôle du Prologue dans The Turn of the Screw de Britten sous la direction d’Alexander Brieger dans une mise en scène de Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman en février 2021. Puis il incarnera Gernando dans L’isola disabitata de Haydn avec Le Studiopéra en mars 2021 et sera le ténor solo de la Passion Selon Saint Mathieu de Bach au Cirque d’Hiver sous la direction de Xavier Ricour.

Thomas Ricart se consacre également avec bonheur au répertoire de chambre qu’il explore avec la pianiste Katia Weimann. Ils se forment pendant trois ans auprès d’Anne Le Bozec et bénéficient également des précieux conseils de Susan Manoff et d’Hartmut Höll. En août 2020, ils participent au Festival d’été de France Musique dans un programme de mélodies françaises.

Thomas Ricart receives support from the Porosus Foundation.

Thomas Ricart's website

Mats Roolvink – Baryton-basse
Mats Roolvink – Baryton-basse

Mats Roolvink is a 23-year-old Dutch-American Baritone studying at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg with Professors Barbara Bonney and Andreas Macco.

Mats comes from a diverse, multinational background. Born in Singapore to Dutch and Chinese American parents, he completed the final two years of high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston before moving to Europe to further his studies.

Mats has won several prizes in international singing competition including the First Prize of the American Prize Competition in Art Song & Oratorio (College Division), 3rd Prize at the Alida Vane International Singing Competition in Latvia, and 3rd Prize in the Neapolitan Masters Competition in Naples Italy.

Mats received a full scholarship to attend the 2020 Oper Oder-Spree Opera Workshop in Beeskow Germany where he performed opera scenes from Eugene Onegin (Tchaïkovski) and La Boheme (Puccini). He also performed in a concert series with the Prussian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Vinzenz Weissenburger at Neuzelle Abbey and Burg Beeskow Germany.

In Summer of 2019, Mats made his operatic debut at Lyric Opera Studio Weimar’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart), playing the title role. In 2020, he attended a Masterclass with Peter Kooij at Le Concert Lorraine and performed as a soloist in Bach’s Johannes Passion at the Arsenal Metz in France.

As a member of the Salzburger BachChor, Mats has performed in the ensemble of Salzburg Easter Festival’s productions of Tosca with Christian Thielemann and Anja Harteros, as well as in the ensemble of Mozart Week’s THAMOS with Rene Pape and Alondra de lar Parra, both held at the Salzburg Festspielehaus.

Mats is looking forward to joining Opera Fuoco as a 5th Generation Young Artist in Paris in 2021.

Mats Roolvink's website

Léo Vermot-Desroches – Ténor
Léo Vermot-Desroches – Ténor

Originaire de Franche-Comté, le ténor Léo Vermot Desroches étudie le violon ainsi que le piano, l’écriture musicale et l’improvisation classique au conservatoire de Besançon, ville dans laquelle il obtient aussi une licence de musicologie. En 2013, il intègre la classe de chant de Virginie Pochon au conservatoire de Villeurbanne, puis en 2017 le conservatoire national supérieur de Paris dans la classe de Valérie Guillorit. Il a alors l’occasion de côtoyer de nombreuses personnalités artistiques tel que Jeff Cohen, Anne Lebozec, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Margaret Hönig ou encore Regina Werner. Par ailleurs, en 2019, Léo est lauréat de la promotion Ravel de l’Académie Jaroussky.

Lauréat de l’édition 2020 du concours international de chant lyrique de Marmande, il reçoit le Premier Prix Opéra et le Premier Prix Mélodie, et reçoit au Concours de Musique Baroque de Froville le Troisième Prix ainsi que le Prix du Public.

Jouant sur des vocalités contrastées, Léo Vermot Desroches aborde sur scène des rôles tels que le Sommeil dans Atys de Lully, Tamino dans La Flûte enchantée de Mozart, Florestan dans Un Mari la porte d’Offenbach, Énée dans Didon et Enée de Purcell, Don Ottavio dans Don Giovanni de Mozart, le Chevalier de la Force des Dialogues des Carmélites de Poulenc, ou encore le Prince dans Cendrillonde Massenet. On a pu l’entendre dernièrement dans de l’opéra de Haydn L’Infedeltà delusa(Nencio), dirigé par Sigiswald Kuijken, ainsi que dans Giove in Argo(Licaone) de Lotti, dirigé par Leonardo Garcia Alarcon ou encore à la Philharmonie de Paris dans des extraits de LaFlûte Enchantéede Mozart avec le Paris Mozart Orchestra dans le cadre du Concours International de Cheffes d’Orchestre « La Maestra ». Cet éclectisme se retrouve dans son répertoire d’oratorio, allant de l’évangéliste de la Passion selon Saint Jeande Bach à la Petite Messe Solennelle de Rossini, en passant par les Leçons de Ténèbres de Lambert et Couperin, ou le Requiem de Mozart.

Son amour pour le répertoire de la musique de chambre l’amène à se produire régulièrement en récital entre autre dans Les Nuits d’été de Berlioz, La Bonne Chanson de Fauré, l’opus 90 de Schumann, et dans le répertoire contemporain, avec In Damascus de Jonathan Dove. Cette recherche a donné naissance au Duo Calligramme, en collaboration avec Victor Métral, membre du Trio Métral.

Prochainement, Léo se produira dans le rôle de Peter Quint dans le Tour d’Écroude Britten en partenariat avec la Philharmonie de Paris et le CNSMDP, dans Bastien et Bastiennede Mozart avec l’opéra d’Avignon, dans la Passion selon Saint-Jean, avec la compagnie Opéra Nomade à Versailles et Clermont-Ferrand, ou encore dans une série de concerts « Les plus beaux airs d’opéra » à Bordeaux avec l’Orchestre de Chambre de Gironde.

Site internet de Léo Vermot-Desroches


La troupe 2017-2020

Julie Goussot – Soprano
Julie Goussot – Soprano
Matthieu Walendzik – Baryton
Matthieu Walendzik – Baryton
Justine Vultaggio – Mezzo-soprano
Justine Vultaggio – Mezzo-soprano
William Shelton – Contre-ténor
William Shelton – Contre-ténor
Louis Roullier – Baryton-basse
Louis Roullier – Baryton-basse
Bastien Rimondi – Ténor
Bastien Rimondi – Ténor
Theodora Raftis – Soprano
Theodora Raftis – Soprano
Anne-Lise Polchlopek – Mezzo-soprano
Anne-Lise Polchlopek – Mezzo-soprano
Cyrielle Ndjiki Nya – Soprano
Cyrielle Ndjiki Nya – Soprano
Alexia Macbeth – Mezzo-soprano
Alexia Macbeth – Mezzo-soprano
Olivier Gourdy – Baryton-basse
Olivier Gourdy – Baryton-basse
Adrien Fournaison – Baryton-basse
Adrien Fournaison – Baryton-basse
Dania El Zein – Soprano
Dania El Zein – Soprano
Adèle Charvet – Mezzo-soprano
Adèle Charvet – Mezzo-soprano
Olivier Bergeron – Baryton
Olivier Bergeron – Baryton
Marco Angioloni – Ténor
Marco Angioloni – Ténor
Juliette Allen – Soprano
Juliette Allen – Soprano
Andres Agudelo – Ténor
Andres Agudelo – Ténor

La troupe 2014-2017

Sophia Stern – Mezzo-soprano
Sophia Stern – Mezzo-soprano
Sahy Ratianarinaivo – Ténor
Sahy Ratianarinaivo – Ténor
Benoît Rameau – Ténor
Benoît Rameau – Ténor
Axelle Fanyo – Soprano
Axelle Fanyo – Soprano
Julie Prola – Soprano
Julie Prola – Soprano
Étienne de Bénazé – Ténor
Étienne de Bénazé – Ténor
Lea Desandre – Mezzo-soprano
Lea Desandre – Mezzo-soprano
Jennifer Courcier – Soprano
Jennifer Courcier – Soprano
Martin Candela – Ténor
Martin Candela – Ténor
Alexandre Artemenko – Baryton
Alexandre Artemenko – Baryton

Past Members

Marc Callahan – Baryton
Marc Callahan – Baryton

[ Site personnel de Marc Callahan en cours de réédition ] 

Luanda Siqueira – Soprano
Luanda Siqueira – Soprano
Caroline Meng – Mezzo-soprano
Caroline Meng – Mezzo-soprano
Sara Hershkowitz – Soprano
Sara Hershkowitz – Soprano
Natalie Pérez – Mezzo-soprano
Natalie Pérez – Mezzo-soprano
Clémentine Margaine – Mezzo-soprano
Clémentine Margaine – Mezzo-soprano
Chantal Santon Jeffery – Soprano
Chantal Santon Jeffery – Soprano
Vannina Santoni – Soprano
Vannina Santoni – Soprano