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.

Other roles include Gustave de Pottenstein The Land of SmilesBenoit/Alcindoro La Bohème for Opéra d’Avignon, and Marullo Rigoletto and Yamadori Madama Butterfly for Opéra de Massy.  Also, 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 Renne 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.

Other performances include Raoul de Gardefeu La Vie Parisienne for Toulon, Assan The Consul for the Théâtre d’Herblay and the Théâtre de L’Athenée in Paris.  Also, Dancaïre Carmen for La Fabrique Opéra Val de Loire à Orléans.

Most recently, he sang Narcisse in Geneviève de Brabant for Opéra de Nancy-Lorraine and Marco Gianni Schicchi for La Coopérative.

Virgile also gave 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.

He is equally at home in recital and has performed at the l’Opéra-Comique in Paris, in a programme of 18th century French airs, accompanied by Mara Dobresco, and at the Opéra de Bordeaux, singing arias by Rossini, Donizetti, R. Strauss, Lehar and Millöcker.



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