Ariën Artists - Guy DE MEY - English biography






Guy de Mey - portraitthe Begian tenor guy de Mey, who studied with Erna Spoorenberg, Sir Peter Pears and Eric Tappy can look back on an impressive career with numerous concert  and opera performances throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Israël and Japan, including appearances at ROH Covent Garden as Linfea in Cavalli’s La Calisto under Ivor Bolton, Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon next to Anna Netrebko under Antonio Pappano and as Basilio in Nozze di Figaro ; at La Scala as Tichon in Kat’a Kabanova under Sir J.E. Gardiner and as  Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos under Jeffrey Tate ; at Herkules Hall and the Opera House of Amsterdam as Monsieur Triquet in Euguen Onegin under Mariss Jansons and at Glyndebourne Festival, also as Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf naxos).


Count Hauk-Sendorf in Janacek's The Makropoulos Affair at the opera house of Zurich (2019/20) and at Flanders Opera ; Licone in Haydn's Orlando Paladino) in a most successful production directed by Axel Ranisch and conducted Ivor Bolton at Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Linfea direced by David Alden and conducted by Christopher Moulds at the Teatro Real in Madrid, Aumônier in Les dialogues des Carmélites at La Monnaie/De Munt (Olivier Py/Alain Altinoglu). And another Linfea at Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg.


The role of Aristea in L'Orontea by Cesti at the Frankfurt Opera House ; Monsieur Triquet, Tanzmeister, Gran Sacerdote (Idomeneo) and several roles in the world première of Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin, conducted by Kent Nagano at the Bavarian State Opera ; again Tanzmeister under Christoph von Dohnanyi and Tapioca in L'Etoile by Chabrier under Sir J.E. Gardinier in Zurich next to his engagement in Geneva to take part in another production of Alice in Wonderland, there directed by Mira Bartov.

His affinity with Janacek's music made Guy de Mey singing repeatedly Tichon (Kat'a Kabanova) at La Scala, Teatro Real de Madrid (under Jiri Belohlavek), Oviedo, Flanders Opera and ONR Strasbourg ; Vitek (The Makropoulos Affair) at DNO Amsterdam under Yannick Nézet-Séguin (directed by Ivo van Hove), Flanders Opera and ONR Strasbourg ; Chapkine (From the House of the Dead) and Schoolmaster (The cunning little vixen) at ONR Strasbourg as part of the famous Janacek-cycle directed by Robert Carsen.

Also praised for his funny bones and exceptional actor skills, he was aslo asked to sing Frick in Offenbach's La vie parisienne both at ONR Strasbourg (in Waut Koeken's production) as at the opera house of Lyon. Over there, in Laurent Pelly’s production.

At home the Flanders Opera House, he sang Der Maler/Der Neger (Lulu), L'Aumônier, Tanzmeister, Monsieur Triquet, Monostatos (Zauberflöte), Valzacchi (Rosenkavalier) directed by the Oscar winner actor Christoph Waltz and in Oedipus by Stravinsky.

Noteworthy are also his appearances in Monteverdi’s Orfeo under Roger Norrington at the Proms and the English National Opera ; Atys (Lully) under William Christie at the Paris Opera, in Firenze and New York; Lulu (Berg) with Teresa Stratas in a production by Ruth Berghaus and Boris Godunov with José Van Dam at the Brussels Opera La Monnaie ; Händel’s Judas Maccabaeus with the San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Bach’s Matthäus Passion with RCO Amsterdam ; L’Enfance du Christ (Berlioz) at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence ; in Mitridate by Scarlatti at the Schwetzinger Festspiele and in Pelléas et Mélisande in Nantes. Furthermore Guy de Mey appeared in major operas by Monteverdi and Cavalli at New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Spoleto Festival USA/Charleston, Bavarian Opera as well as in the Opera houses of Paris and Copenhagen.

Guy de Mey is also well known as a Lieder singer. He appeared in recital in Belgium a.o. at the Operas in Brussels and Antwerp, in Germany, France, the Netherlands, in Israel and the USA.  Memorable were his interpretations of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin at the Franz Schubert Festival in Denmark and Schubert’s Winterreise at the Flanders Festival.

DISCOGRAPHY : Guy de Mey has made more than 50 recordings with reputated conductors (John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, Roger Norrington, Michel Corboz, William Christie, Jordi Savall, Nicholas McGegan, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski...). Several of these recordings were distinguished with international prizes (Grand Prix du Disque, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Caecilia Award, Diapason d’Or).

Since 1995 Guy de Mey has been teaching at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp.

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