Nicolas Cavallier

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Nicolas Cavallier makes his singing studies in London at the Royal Academy of Music and at the National Opera Studio. His professional career begins at Glyndebourne Festival with Sarastro/Die Zauberflöte, directed by Peter Sellars, and Don Fernando/Fidelio.

Future engagements in 2019/20 include Bluebeard in Marseille, The Demon by Rubinstein in Bordeaux, Don Alfonso/Così fan Tutte in Strasbourg, Don Quichotte in Tours, Hebrew/Samson et Dalila at Chorégies d’Oranges.

Recent engagements include Angelotti/Tosca at Opéra National de Paris, Villains/Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Bordeaux, Barbe-Bleue/Le Chateau de Barbe-Bleue in Marseille, Le Grand Prêtre d’Odin/Sigurd in Nancy, Hebrew/Samson et Dalila at Deutsche Oper am Rhein.

Further engagements in season 2018/2019 include Walter Furst/Guillaume Tell at Chorégies d’Oranges, Il Sagrestano/Tosca at Opéra National de Paris, Nilakantha/Lakmé at Royal Opera of Muscat, Le grand Mogol/Barkouf ou un chien au pouvoir in Strasbourg, Phanuel/Hérodiade in Saint-Etienne, Méphistophélès/Faust at Opéra de Reims.

Engagements in season 2017/2018 include Méphistophélès/Faust in Saint-Etienne, Marquis de la Force/Dialogues des Carmélites in Bologna, La Monnaie Brussels and Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Don Giovanni at Opéra de Vichy.

Engagements in season 2016/2017 include Père Laurence/Romeo et Juliette in Saint-Etienne, Heinrich der Vogler/Lohengrin in Saint-Etienne, Nilakantha/Lakmé in Marseille, Don Quichotte/L’Homme de la Mancha in Tours, Ruggiero/La juive in Strasbourg, Dikoy/Katja Kabanova at Opéra Grand Avignon.

Other notable engagements include: Villains/Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Don Giovanni in Seattle, Scarpia/Tosca in Beirut, Arkel/Peléas et Mélisande, Des Grieux/Manon in Marseille, Zaccaria/Nabucco in Torino.

Nicolas Cavallier made his La Scala di Milano debut in Berlioz’ “Romeo et Juliette” staged by Sacha Waltz in 2013.

He regularly performs major Mozart roles such as Figaro/Le Noze di Figaro, Leporello, Don Giovanni and Don Alfonso/Cosi fan Tutte as well as the title roles of Massenet’s Don Quichotte (Avignon, Seattle), Il Turco in Italia (Brussels, Geneva) or Der Fliegende Holländer.

Specialized in the "devil" roles of Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Faust, La Damnation de Faust or The Rake’s Progress, he also sang, among others, the Governor/Le Comte Ory and Escamillo/Carmen (John Eliot Gardiner-DVD recording) at Paris Opera Comique, Mustafa/L’Italiana in Algeri in Paris TCE, Philippe II/Don Carlos, Claudius/Hamlet as well as Merlin/Le Roi Arthus in Strasbourg, Arkel/Peléas et Mélisande at Venice Fenice, Béatrice et Bénédict in Paris conducted by Sir Colin Davis, Atys in Paris and New York, Raymond/Lucia di Lammermoor at Paris Châtelet and Lyon, Debussy’s La Chute de la Maison Usher at the Bregenzer Festival, Thais in Vienna, Orest/Elektra in Marseille conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, Balthazar/La Favorite in Monte-Carlo and Paris TCE, L’Amour des Trois Oranges in Berlin, staged by Robert Carsen.

He is regularly invited at Paris National Opera and has performed the roles of Osman/Les Indes Galantes, Manoury’s world creation K, Publius/La Clemenza di Tito, Léandre/L’Amour des Trois Oranges, Berlioz’ “Romeo et Juliette”.

He has performed under the musical direction of Michel Plasson, Miun Whun Chung, Armin and Philippe Jordan, Marc Minkowski, William Christie, Gary Bertini, Alberto Zedda, Evelino Pidò, Emmanuel Krivine, Sir Colin Davies, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Pinchas Steinberg, etc….

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''French bass Nicolas Cavallier made a strong Seattle Opera debut as Mozart’s Figaro in 2009. Seattle audiences then enjoyed this versatile artist’s moving portrayal of Massenet’s Don Quichotte in 2011.''

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