Nathanaël Tavernier - Bass

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After a first degree specialising in Ethnomusicology, French bass Nathanaël Tavernier studied for his Masters in Geneva (with baritone Gilles Cachemaille), before joining Les Jeunes Voix du Rhin, where he began to explore the bel canto and buffo repertoire.  He has won many awards, including prizes at the Belvedere Competition in Moscow, at Mount Fuji in Japan and at the Paris Opera Competition.  He has received a Bayreuth bursary from Richard Wagner Circle and was named Révélation Classique de l’ADAMI in 2015.

His many stage appearances include Sarastro The Magic Flute, Balthazar La FavoriteCold Genius King ArthurSimone Gianni Schicchi and Frère Laurent Roméo et Juliette, and  he has worked in productions by Robert Carsen, Waut Koeken, Pierre Audi, Valentina Carrasco, Olivier Py, as well as with conductors such as Gabriel Garrido, Daniele Callegari, Marko Letonja, Christophe Rousset and Constantin Trinks.  He has also worked in masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Myriam Djemour and Leonardo Garcia Alarcon.

His repertoire is eclectic and he is equally happy in baroque, classical and contemporary music.  On the concert platform, his repertoire includes Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, the Mozart Requiem and Haydn’s Stabat Mater, alongside the contemporary electronic work Lamentations de Job by Léo Collin.

The 2018-19 season saw a return to the Opéra-Comique as Le Médecin Pelléas et Mélisande, a tour across France as Osmin Die Entführung aus dem Serail for La Co[opéra]tive, plus guest appearances in Karlsruhe as the Badger and the Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen, and at the Opéra de Limoges in the roles of Éole and Second Satyre in Lully’s Les Amants Magnifiques with Le Concert Spirituel/Hervé Niquet. More recently, he sang at the Opéra de Nantes, with further shows in Angers and Rennes, as Horatio in Amboise Thomas’ Hamlet; he also returned to Karlsruhe for a revival of The Cunning Little Vixen and made a major role debut in the same theatre as Il Commendatore Don Giovanni.

His future plans include 1st Apprentice Wozzeck, the King Aida and Basilio Il barbiere di Siviglia in Karlsruhe.



For Horatio/Hamlet/Angers Nantes Opéra 2019

“Nathanaël Tavernier prête sa belle voix de basse timbrée puissante aux graves harmoniquement riches pour incarner le personnage d’Horatio, narrant à Hamlet sa rencontre avec le spectre” Olyrix

“Tous les seconds rôles sont corrects ; et l’on doit saluer, s’agissant d’un opéra romantique français, le couple Horatio / Marcellus, témois terrassés des visions d’Hamlet, eux mêmes ayant vu le spectre de son père: respectivement la basse Nathanaël Tavernier et le ténor Florian Cafiero, à l’intelligibilité parfaite.” Classiquenews