Alexandre Duhamel

Alexandre Duhamel

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Nominated in the category « Révélation lyrique de l'Année » at the Victoires de La Musique Classique Awards 2011, the french baritone Alexandre Duhamel has recently be heard at the Teatro alla Scala in the role of Panthée (Les Troyens, Berlioz), as Mordred (Le Roi Arthus, Chausson), Quinault (Adriana Lecouvreur, Cilèa) and Masetto (Don Giovanni, Mozart) at Paris National Opera, as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte, Mozart) and Ramiro (L'Heure espagnole, Ravel) at Tours Opera, as Ping (Turandot, Puccini) at Nice Opera, as Ramiro ( L’Heure Espagnole) in concert in Stuttgart. This coming season he sings the roles of Cithéron (Platée, Rameau) at Paris National Opera, the Grand Prêtre in Samson et Dalila in Bordeaux National Opera, Guglielmo in Toulon Opera, Paolo (Simone Boccanegra) in Bordeaux National Opera, Joseph in L'Enfance du Christ (Berlioz) in Aarhus, Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole with Bayerischer Rundfunk Munich, Harasta (The Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek) at Glyndebourne Festival. Alexandre Duhamel showed an early interest in classical music, singing and theatre. As a teenager, he was part of a troupe in which he played several roles over the period of seven years. Later, he studied journalism at La Sorbonne Université, while continuing his vocal studies with Yves Sotin and later, Malcolm Walker at Paris National Conservatoire. Throughout his studies, he also benefited from the teachings of Malcolm King and Tom Krause. Currently, he is working under the guidance of Susan McCulloch and Alain Fondary. As part of the Paris Opera’s Young Artists’ Program (Atelier Lyrique) where he trained from 2009 to 2011, he made his debut at Paris National Opera under the direction of great conductors such as Philippe Jordan (Gianni Schicchi, Carmen), Michel Plasson (Werther), Alain Altinoglu (Faust), Daniel Oren (Francesca Da Rimini), Marc Minkowski (Mireille) and also Carlo Rizzi (Don Carlo, La Fanciulla del West). His musicality and stage presence mean that his career has risen rapidly on the stages of both France and Europe : Zurga (Les Pêcheurs de Perles, Bizet) in last season’s Salle Pleyel Concert Series alongside Roberto Alagna and Nino Machaidze, Panthée (Les Troyens, Berlioz) at Marseille Opera, Moralès (Carmen, Bizet), l'Horloge & le Chat (L'Enfants et les Sortilèges, Ravel), Wagner (Faust, Gounod), Le Héraut (L'Amour des Trois Oranges, Prokofiev) and Jake Wallace (La Fanciulla del West, Puccini) at Paris National Opera, Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette, Gounod) at Avignon Opera, Valentin (Faust, Gounod) at Metz Opera, La Balafre (La Vivandière, Godard) at Festival Radio France de Montpellier, Clavaroche (Fortunio, Messager) at Limoges Opera, Pâris (Roméo et Juliette, Gounod) at Bruxelles Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Morales at Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg (Carmen, Bizet), Leporello (Don Giovanni, Mozart) at Besançon Opera, The Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek) at Rouen and Reims Operas, Belcore (L'Elisir d'amore, Donizetti) at Festival des Nuits Musicales de la Sainte Victoire...   In concerts and recitals, he sang at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, at Théâtre Antique d’Orange in June 2011 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Choregies. He has made an acclaimed specialism of both French Melodies and Lieder, and has given recitals at Amphithéâtre and Studio Bastille, at Corum de Montpellier for the Festival Radio France, and at Bordeaux Opera. His repertoire also extends to oratorio and sacred music: Faure’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di gloria, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle... Alexandre Duhamel was designated in 2009 by ADAMI « Révélation Lyrique de l’année » and received in 2011 Le Prix Lyrique du Cercle Carpeaux and Le Prix de l'AROP de l'Opéra National de Paris, which both reward the most noticeable young singer of the season. His future engagements include Falke (Fledermaus) and Paolo (Simone Boccanegra) in Marseille, Albert in Werther in Metz...
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