After a comprehensive curriculum at Nancy Conservatoire under the tutorship of Christiane Stutzmann, Christophe Gay won an award at the “Les Symphonies d’automne” competition in Macon in the Opera category, and was Adami Classical Revelation in 2004.
After his debut at Nancy Opera in Il Prigioniero by Luigi Dallapiccola, he was much applauded in Paris at the Cité de la Musique, at the Opéra Comique, but also at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (in l’Orfeo under the direction of René Jacobs) and at the opera houses of Lyon, Lille, Nantes, Rouen, Toulon, Avignon and Strasbourg.
His career also took an international turn: after Italy where he sang at the Montepulciano Festival (Tuscany) in the world premiere of Enigma by Detlev Glanert, he was invited to Luxembourg, Germany (Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Braunschweig), Belgium (Brussels) and to the prestigious Glyndebourne Festival in David McVicar’s production of Carmen.
His repertoire is varied. He performed in many productions of Baroque operas such as Iphigénie en Tauride by Gluck, l’Orfeo, Platée, King Arthur, Castor et Pollux, Dido and Aeneas under the direction of conductors such as René Jacobs, Christophe Rousset, Hervé Niquet… He was also entrusted leading Mozart roles: Don Giovanni, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Papageno (Die Zauberflöte).
He is also much in demand in the large repertoire of XIXth and XXth centuries. Among his performances are Carmen,Rigoletto, Lakmé, Andrea Chenier, Madama Butterfly, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Wozzeck, Candide… He also performed at the Opéra Comique in Chabrier’s L’Etoile led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Les Mamelles de Tiresias by Poulenc. He also sang the title role in Der Kaiser von Atlantis by Viktor Ullmann in Nancy, at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, then in Caen and Luxembourg City.
In concerts, he sang in Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Fauré’s Requiem, Bacalov’s Misa Tango, La Pastorale by Charpentier, Mors e Vita by Gounod, the Messa di Gloria by Puccini and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana among many others.
His recent highlights include Les Contes d’Hoffmann (directed by Laurent Pelly) in Lyon and Tokyo, L’Italienne à Alger, L’Etoile and Les Mamelles de Tiresias in Nancy, King Arthur in Versailles, Platée in Stuttgart, Don Giovanni in Saint-Céré, Fortunio in Limoges and Rennes, the world premiere of La Lettre des Sables in Bordeaux, Lakmé in Toulon, the creation of Mimi at the Bouffes du Nord Theater, Carmen at the Glyndebourne Festival, La Traviata à Paris and Marseille, Manon, La Vie Parisienne and Hamlet in Marseille, La Vie Parisienne and Lakmé in Avignon, Madama Butterfly at the Chorégies d’Orange and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Vie Parisienne in Lausanne, Carmen in Nice and Antibes, Rigoletto , La Traviata and Yvonne Princesse de Bourgogne at the Opéra de Paris, Barbe-bleue and Le Roi Carotte by Offenbach at the Opéra de Lyon, Madama Butterfly in Orange, Iphigénie en Tauride at the Opéra de Paris and Carmen in Strasbourg and Robert le cochon et les kidnappeurs at the Opéra Comique.
His projects include Les Mamelles de Tirésias at the Glyndebourne festival, Ariadne auf Naxos in Limoges, Coups de roulis with Les Frivolités parisiennes, Roméo et Juliette in Québec and L’Heure espagnole with Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.
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