Virgile Frannais - Baritone

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French baritone, Virgile Frannais, began his studies in Orléans with Martine Midoux and Marie-Thérèse Foix.  He then studied in Paris, finally completing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in 2001.

When he was 25, he joined the Jeunes Voix du Rhin in Colmar.  At the Opéra de Strasbourg, he worked with prestigious conductors and directors, including Emmanuel Haïm, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Achim Freyer and David McVicar.

From 2005-7, he joined CNIPAL in Marseille, where he worked with Mady Mesplé. Yvonne Minton and Tom Krause.  In the two seasons he was there, he sang both Jupiter Orphée aux Enfers and Mercutio Roméo et Juliette for the Opéra de Marseille, conducted by Dominique Trottein and directed by Yves Coudray.

Virgile also sang in a long run of performances as Papageno in Peter Brook’s production of Die Zauberflöte for the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, during which time the show was awarded the 2011 Molière for best opera.  He sang around 300 performances across France, as well as in London, Madrid, Milan, Rome, Budapest, St Petersburg, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aries, Montevideo, Mexico, Casablanca, Perth, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo.

His other roles include Gustave de Pottenstein The Land of Smiles, Benoit/Alcindoro La bohème for the Opéra d’Avignon and Marullo Rigoletto and Yamadori Madama Butterfly for the Opéra de Massy.  He has also sung Toinet Un de la Canebière for both Opéra de Toulon and Opéra d’Avignon, Claude Aviland in Hahn’s Ô mon bel inconnu for Opéra de Rennes and Opéra de Metz, and Le Médecin in Isabelle Aboulker’s new opera Jeremy Fisher for  Opéra de Lyon.  He has also sung Ajax II La Belle Hélène and Guglielmo Così fan tutte for Saint-Etienne, Gardefeu La Vie Parisienne for the Opéra de Toulon, Assan The Consul for the Théâtre d’Herblay and the Théâtre de L’Athenée, Paris, as well as Dancaïre Carmen for La Fabrique Opéra Val de Loire à Orléans.

Most recently, he sang Fléville/Fouquier-Tinville in Andrea Chénier at the Opéra de Tours, Ajax II La Belle Hélène and Narcisse Geneviève de Brabant for the Opéra National de Lorraine and Marco Gianni Schicchi for La Co[opéra]tive.

His future plans include Hartmann Fantasio at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, and Yakusidé Madama Butterfly for the Opéra d’Avignon.



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