Eric Vignau - Tenor

French tenor Eric Vignau studied baroque music at the Studio Versailles Opera, singing serveral productions with Les Arts Florissants between 1990 and 1994. It wasn’t long before he was asked to sing many times for ensembles such as Les Musiciens du Louvre, A Sei Voci, la Simphonie du Marais and L’Ensemble Baroque de Limoges.

After deciding to concentrate on solo character tenor repertoire, Eric has had many years working for companies such as Opéra Éclaté and the Festival de Saint-Céré, where he has played a large number of rôles in a hugely varied répertoire, such as Ménélaus La Belle Hélène, Gardefeu La Vie Parisienne, Fritz La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, the four valets in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro, Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Monostatos Die Zauberflöte, Guillot de Morfontaine Manon, and Dr Caius Falstaff. At the Opéra de Dijon he has played L’Aumônier Les Dialogues des Carmélites and Aubergiste in Sauguet’s Caprices de Marianne (both directed by Eric Perez), Monsieur Triquet Eugene Onegin, Goro Madama Butterfly and Pluto Orphée aux Enfers. At the Opéra de Metz, Eric sang Lafiloche in Duhamel and Forlani’s Lundi monsieur vous serez riche.

Most recently, he has sung Schmidt Werther at the Opéra-Théâtre de Saint-Étienne, Dr. Caius Falstaff at Opéra de Tours, Microscope Le voyage dans la Lune by Offenbach at the Opéra de Lausanne and Fribourg, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor and Dr. Caius Falstaff at the Festival de Saint-Céré, the Journaliste Les Mamelles de Tirésias at the Opéra de Nancy, Monsieur Triquet Eugene Onegin at Angers-Nantes Opéra, and Don Pedro La Périchole at the Festival d’O in Montpellier. Eric’s other solo operatic projects have included Goro Madama Butterfly at Opéra de Fribourg, Clermont-Ferrand and Opéra de Massy, Leader in Weill’s A Train for Johannesburg, and Manillon in Lopez’s La Belle de Cadiz in Massy, Clermont Ferrand and Sant-Céré, a role he has already sung at Opéra de Dijon.

Future projects include Basilio Le Nozze di Figaro in Compiègne and on tour, and the Attaché Militaire Français L’Aiglon by Ibert & Honegger at the Opéra de Marseille.

 

Le Nozze di Figaro – Toulon 2016

“Eric Vignau donne une présence rare à Basilio, souvent plus effacé, ici presque flamboyant dans l’auto-satisfaction sans pour autant sombrer dans la caricature”

Maurice Salles, ForumOpera.com