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Ivan THIRION, Baritone


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Born in Belgium in 1990, the young baritone was accepted into the Royal Conservatory in Brussels at the age of 17, where he studied under the Belgian baritone Marcel Vanaud. After completing a Bachelor degree in Brussels, he joined the Geneva University of Music where he obtained his Master with Professor Gilles Cachemaille. He made his successful operatic debut at the Royal Opera House of Wallonie/LIège as Papageno in Mozart‘s Magic Flute and was revinvited to sing l‘Ogre in Auber‘s La Forêt Bleue, Gazella in Donizetti‘s Lucrezia Borgia, Tomaso in Un Ballo in Maschera and Marcello in La Bohème.

Recent engagements :

include his house debut as Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore at the Aalto Opera House in Essen, as Servant and Inkeeper in Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel at the Opera House of Lyon, as Oronte in Charpentier’s Médée at the Zurich Opera House ; the latter production under the baton of William Christie and stage directed by Andreas Homoki... as Le Comte de Toulouse in Jerusalem by Verdi at ROH Wallonie/Liège under Speranza Scappucci ; as Albert in Werther at Operazuid Maastricht, Ping (Turandot) at Aalot Theater Essen (replacement) and eventually as Dancaïre in Carmen at the opera house of Montpellier (March 2018).

Amongst his upcoming new roles : Grimbald and Man 3 in Purcell's King Arthur at Grand Théâtre de Genève. Next season (2018/2019) he will again appear as Dancaïre (Switzerland) and as Sparck in Fantasio by Offenbach (the Netherlands). The more he was offered a recital series by the Festival of Aix en Provence.

Noteworthy are also his appearances as Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) in compagny of Annick Massis and Celso Albelo, Lord Cecil (Maria Stuarda) and Don Carlo di Vargas (La Forza del Destino/cover) all three at the ROH Wallonie/Liège and Figaro (Nozze) in Montpellier.

Awards and other achievements :

July 2013, Ivan Thirion was awarded with the „Wil Keune Prize for a young singer with real potential“ at the 32th edition of the "Hans Gabor Belvédère Competition" (Amsterdam edition). The same year he won the 2nd Prize at the 6th edition of the St Petersburg Opera Competiton. He is also finalist of the 26th "Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers" at the Houston Grand Opera (2014).

During that time, Ivan Thirion was also chosen to join the prestigious Young Singers Project (edition of Summer 2015) initiated by the renowned Salzburg Festival. Within that framework he has appeared as Bartolo in a reduced version of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Festival, sung with the Mozarteum Orchestra and taken part in a tour to China, including peformances at the Shangai Grand Theatre, the Beijing National Opera, the Xi’an Concert Hall …

Eventually he has been chosen for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017, being the first Belgian to reach the final rounds since 30 years.

Breakthrough of a young career :

From 2011 to 2013 Ivan Thirion was affiliated with CNIPAL the so called Opera Studio of Marseille, where he appeared in many concerts and opera productions. The latter in collaboration with other French theatres such as Marseille and Avignon where he sang Franck (Die Fledermaus) and Maharadja (L’amour masqué), next to Toulon, Nancy, Limoges and Bordeaux. Making himself a name Ivan Thirion was invited by the Festival of Radio France to participate in Benjamin Godard's La Vivandière.

Subsequently, he became to seasons long a member of the International opera studio of the Zurich Opera House, where he was cast as Ping (Turandot), Coryphee (Comte Ory), Lakai (Ariadne auf Naxos), Bello (La Fanciulla del West), Rodomonte in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino and Coryphée (Le Comte Ory) next to Cecilia Bartoli ...

It offered him repeated opportunities to perform under the baton of renowned conductors such as Fabio Luisi, Marco Armiliato, William Christie, Kazushi Ono, John Fiore and Paolo Arrivabeni ... And to work toghether with stage directors such as David Pountney, Giancarlo del Monaco, Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, Andreas Homoki, Philippe Sireuil, Claus Guth …

cv-Update : January 2018

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