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Laurent Alvaro

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Young distinguished French baritone Laurent Alvaro was born in Bordeaux in 1972. His early musical training included study of the piano, bassoon and viola da gamba, as well as composition and orchestra conducting at the Conservatoire National in Bordeaux. He began his vocal career in the Lyon National Opera's Lyric Studio and soon became a member of the main-stage ensemble. His roles there included Demetrius in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (directed by Robert Carson), Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld (directed by Laurent Pelly), the title role in Monteverdi's Orfeo, Schaunard in La Bohème, Pantalon and Farfarello in The Love of Three Oranges, and the Father in Hansel and Gretel.

Laurent Alvaro has performed major roles since at many leading European festivals and theaters. He notably sang Wotan in Das Rheingold in Montreal with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Montpellier Opera, Pandolfe in Massenet's Cendrillon at Paris Opéra Comique, Nilakantha in Lakmé, Frank Maurrant in Kurt Weill's Street Scene at the Toulon Opera, Léandre in The Love for Three Oranges at the Dijon and Limoges Operas, Le Dancaïre in Carmen at Geneva's Grand Théâtre and the Reykjavik Opera. At the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, he performed Germano in La Scala di Seta conducted by Alberto Zedda. He has also sung Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole with the Lorraine Philharmonic, Ned Keene in Britten's Peter Grimes, Albert in Werther at the Tours Opera and Ping in Turandot (directed by Zhang Yimou) at the Stade de France in Paris and Munich's Olympic Stadium. He created the role of Tom in the premiere of Isabelle Aboulker's Jérémy Fisher at Lyon National Opera.

He frequently performs at Paris' historic Théâtre du Châtelet where his most recent appearances include Max Detweiler in The Sound of Music, Ragueneau in Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac, Morald in Wagner's Die Feen and Seth Brundle, the title role in Howard Shore's The Fly (directed by David Cronenberg). Other performances there also include Donner in Das Rheingold (directed by Robert Wilson), the title role in the French premiere of Gualtiero Dazzi's Le Luthier de Venise, Coquenard in Messager's Véronique as well as roles in Roussel's Padmâvatî, Busoni's Doktor Faust, Berlioz' Les Troyens, Charpentier's Louise, Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet, Massenet's Thaïs and Werther and Offenbach's La Belle Hélène.

In concert, Laurent Alvaro has worked with world famous conductors including Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach, Michel Plasson, Alain Lombard, Marc Minkowski, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, David Robertson, Peter Eötvös and Lawrence Foster at venues including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Barbican Center in London, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Ravenna Festival in Italy, and the Radio France Festival in Montpellier. His concert and orchestral repertoire includes Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, De Falla's El Retablo de Maese Pedro, Poulenc's Le Bal Masqué, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Mozart's Requiem. In December 2008 he also sang Frère Léon in Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise in Montreal making his debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Laurent Alvaro is a regular guest on broadcasts hosted by Jean-François Zygel such as France 2 national television's Music Box, France Musique national radio's Cabaret Classique and Leçons de musique, which take place at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

Upcoming stage performances include, Di Cosimo in Daniel Catán's Il Postino at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Thoas in Iphigeneia in Tauris at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, Ragueneau in Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac (Madrid), Pietro in Auber's La Muette de Porticci (Opéra Comique Paris and La Monnaie Brussels), Crespel in Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Salle Pleyel Paris, Les Musiciens du Louvres), and Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites (Toulon).

Laatste wijziging: 2011-06-15, 12:36 EDT (Laurent Alvaro)