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Arnaud RICHARD, Bass-Baritone


Arnaud RICHARD was awarded the highest distinction on graduating from the CNR of Caen. Eventually he studied with Alain Buet. In 2006 he won second prize in the international competition of Marmande for the category French Song.

International breakthrough came in February 2010, singing Aeneas (Purcell) with the Ensemble Musicaeterna under the baton of renowned conductor Teodor Currentzis, with whom he recorded at the same occasion Mozart's Requiem (for the label alpha productions). With Nicolas in L’Ecume des jours by Edison Denisov he made his debut at the Opera House of Stuttgart (new production led by Sylvain Cambreling and directed by Jossi Wieler, Dec. 2012) which was revived twice over the past years. With Les Arts Florissants led by William Christie he partipated in Atys (Lully) and in Aix-en-Provence, Versailles New-York and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, (2011) and David et Jonathas (M.A. Charpentier) first as Guerrier (at the Aix-en-Provence-Festival) than as Saül at both the Opéra Comique (Paris) and Théâtre de Caen Jan/Feb 2013.

The more Arnaud Richard participated Le Roi Arthus (Chausson) and Pénélope (Fauré) the latter directed by Olivier Py at ONR Strasbourg ; La Naissance d'Osiris and Daphnis & Eglé together with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie (Caen, Dijon, Londres, Paris and Moscow, 2014) ; in Wozzeck (1. Handwerkbursche) at the Opera House of Dijon (debut in the House) ; in The Fairy Queen (bass roles) directed by Calixto Bieito in Alcina as Melisso both at the Opera House of Stuttgart The more he participated in Pelléas et Mélisande (as Médecin and Berger) at Théâtre des Champs Elysées and in Les Dialogues des Carmélites at La Monnaie and the Opera House of Bologna (both House debuts), Théâtre des Champs ELysées and the opera house of Caen.

In concert he appeared at the Opera House of Versailles with Opera Fuoco (under David Stern) in works by Dauvergne and Gluck. At Salle Gaveau in Das Paradies und die Peri (Schumann) under Xavier Ricour, in La Grande Messe des Morts (François-Joseph Gossec) with "Les Siècles", under François-Xavier Roth at the Royal Chapel at Versailles, L'Enfance du Christ (Berlioz) and Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher (Honegger) with the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Netherlands) at NTR Matinee and toured with Brussels Philharmonic led by Leo Hussain in Bach's, Matthew Passion (Bass arias).

Recent and upcoming engagements :

Last season he appeared as Bartolo in a new production of Nozze di Figaro and in Olivier Py's successful production of Dialogues des Carmélites, at La Monnaie (debut in the House), Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra de Caen and Teatro lirico di Bologna (debut in the House). He participated in a tour to China with Les Arts florissants (production : Monsieur de Pourceaugnac) and was invited to participate in concerts under the baton of Hervé Niquet at the Festival of Radio France in Montpellier.

During the current season 2018/2019 Arnaud Richard will amongst others appear as Saturnus la "La Divisione del mondo" by Giovanni Legrenzi, a new staged production, set up by ONR Strasbourg, ONL Nancy and the Royal Opera House of Versailles. A production that will feature Christophe Rousset and his ensemble Les Talens lyriques. With the latter Arnaud Richard will subsequently tour with Agrippina (Haendel) given in concert version at the Haendel Festival in D-Halle and at Klanvokal Dortmund.


In the mean time Arnaud Richard has sung under conductors such as : Pierre Cao, William Christie, David Stern, Luciano Acocella, Sylvain Cambreling, Xavier Ricour, Rani Calderon, Teodor Currentzis, Daniele Callegari, Markus Stenz, Patrick Davin and François-Xavier Roth.  He was directed by Olivier Py, Keith Warner, Benjamin Lazar, Andreas Homoki, Calixto Bieito and Jossi Wieler.

His repertoire includes also roles such as Alquif and Ardan-Canile in Amadis by Lully (Avignon), Uberto (Serva Padrone/Pergolesi), Fiorello (Barbiere di Siviglia) in Rouen, Draco and Mars (Cadmus et Hermione/Lully) at Opéra Comique de Paris, Pietro (Simon Boccanegra), Maurevert (Les Huguenots) at ONR Strasbourg, Il Marchese D’Obigny (La Traviata) in Rouen and Versailles and Sarastro (Zauberflöte) ...

He was invited by Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), le Poème Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre), Ausonia (directed by Mira Glodeanu and Frédérick Haas), les Paladins (Jérôme Correas), la Simphonie du Marais (Hugo Reyne), il Seminario Musicale (Gérard Lesne), la Fenice (Jean Tubery ) a.o.


Le vœu de Louis XIII with the Pages et les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and Olivier Schneebeli (recording was awarded with the Charles Cros-Prize) ; Les grands Motets by Pierre Robert ; Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme after Molière and Lully on DVD (directed by Vincent Dumestre) ; Soleils Baroques with Les Paladins and Jérôme Correas ; Cadmus et Hermione by Lully with Le Poème Harmonique ; a cd recording with airs for bass from Zoroastre and Zaïs by Rameau with the ensemble Ausonia with Frédérik Haas and Mira Glodeanu and Mozart’s Requiem (led by Teodor Currentzis, on the cd-label alpha).

Cv-update: season 2018/2019

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