Jacques Calatayud - Bass-baritone

Born in Toulouse, Jacques Calatayud began his musical studies at the Conservatoire there, getting his diplomas in piano and chamber music. He then studied voice with Helmut Lipps and Mady Mesplé, then joined the CIPAL (Opera-Studio) in Strasbourg, where he was a pupil of Suzanne Sarroca.

As a member of the ensembles of the Opéra de Lille first and then Angers, he sang Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo Cosi Fan Tutte, Leporello Don Giovanni, revealing a strong affinity for Mozart.

He has sung regularly in Paris, including Le Pont des Soupirs by Offenbach, directed Jean-Michel Ribes at the Théâtre de Paris, Der Rosenkavalier at the Châtelet, La Bohème at the Opéra-Comique and more recently Crespel Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Palais Omnisport de Bercy, L’Elisir d’Amore in Metz, Taddeo L’Italiana in Algeri, as well as more buffo bass parts, such as Mill Cambiale di Matrimonio in Lyon, Rennes, Dijon and Massy, Trombonok Il Viaggio a Reims in St Moritz, Bartolo Il Barbiere di Siviglia, le Gouverneur Le Comte Ory, l’Occasione fa il ladro in Paris, and Verdi’s Un giorno di Regno, in Fribourg (Switzerland), Besançon and Dijon, he sang Maitre André Fortunio by Messager, Don Geronio Turco in Italia in Basel and in Essen La chute de la maison Usher by Debussy, conducted by E. Inbal.

His other roles have included Papageno Die Zauberflöte in Angers, Ping Turandot in Tours, Sancho Don Quichotte by Massenet in Avignon, Angelotti Tosca in Rouen and Metz. Jaques sang under the baton of, among others, A.Jordan, M.Rostropovitch, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Paolo Arrivabeni, A.Altinoglu, J-Y Ossonce, C.Diederich, M.Soustrot, J.C.Malgoire, C. Schnitzler , J-C Spinosi and Christian Zacharias. He has also taken part in the premieres of many contemporary operas, such Ah ces Russes! by M.Tornapolsky in Evian, Goya by Prodromidès in Montpellier and Marseille, and Jackie O ( M Daugherty) in Metz.

Jacques’ most recent roles have included: in 2009, the Gamekeeper Cunning little vixen by at the Amphithéâtre of the Opéra-Bastille (with a revival in March 2012), Besançon and Lille, Bartolo Il Barbiere di Siviglia in St Moritz and Géronte Manon Lescaut in Marseille ; in 2010 in Liège Das Land des Lächels by Franz Lehar, Don Bartolo Le Nozze di Figaro in Switzerland, Dancaïre Carmen in Bordeaux, then in Liège again Zuniga Carmen and La Bohème: in 2011-2012 he sang in La Chartreuse de Parme by Sauguet in Marseille, as well as Don Bartolo Le Nozze di Figaro and la Fille de Madame Angot in Liège.

Jacques’ current projects include Jose Castro La Fanciulla del West and Anselmo in Rossini’s Gazzetta in Liege, Wigmaker Ariadne auf Naxos in Toulon, Alberich in Siegfried et l’anneau Maudit (a short version of the Ring) in the Ampitheatre Bastille and in St. Etienne, and Dvorak’s D Major Mass and Te Deum in Marseille.

Reviews of Jacques Calatayud to follow.