Ariën Artists - Kris BELLIGH, Bariton - English biography








Originally from Belgium, Kris moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study on the Opera Course at the Royal Scottish Academy. Whilst at the Academy he performed the roles of Mercurio in La Calisto by Cavalli, Bretigny in Manon, Ramiro in L’heure Espagnole, Marco in Gianni Schicchi, and for the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, Masetto in Don Giovanni. After graduating he covered the roles of Dandini La Cenerentola and Belcore L’elisir d’amore for Grange Park Opera, and performed Papageno in Die Zauberflöte in Belgium, as well as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte for the compagny Opera En Plein Air.

He made his debut at the Royal Opera La Monnaie in La Traviata, and was subsequently reinvited to take part in Daphne, Capriccio, and most recently as Làpak in The Cunning Little Vixen. He also debuted at the Nederlandse Opera as the Unsuccessful player in The Gambler, and at English National Opera in the world premiere of Tansy Davies' Between Worlds. Other productions in which he participated in Belgium included  Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)Momus/Cold Genius King Arthur, and the Komponist in Der Schauspieldirektor.

In no time, Kris Belligh made himself a name as an allround reliable singer, musician and performer.  

Noteworthy are his debut at the Flanders Opera in the world premiere of Hèctor Parra's new Opera Les Bienveillantes (Peter Rundel/Calixto Bieito), Thomas Brown in The Zoo for the Odegand Festival, and the recent series of Bernstein Centenary concert performances of West Side Story in Rome, with the Accademia Santa Cecilia under the baton of Maestro Antonio Pappano. With the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins, the artist participated in concerts and a live CD-recording of Peter Benoit's opus magnum De Schelde.

The constraints of the past year have resulted in a number of chamber music collaborations, amongst which, the world premiere of new works by Wim Henderickx, Jean-Paul Dessy and Laurent Houcque with Musiques Nouvelles and the Malibran Quartet, and a recording of Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch together with soprano Morgane Heyse.

During the current season (2021-2022) Kris Belligh will appear at la Monnaie both in the role of Bolten in "Kinderen der zee" the magnum opus by the Belgian composer Lodewijk Mortelmans as in the revival from Lulu in the roles of Der Polizeikommissar and Ein Diener (both productions under the baton of Alain Altinoglu). The artist will also return to the Flemish Opera to sing his first Don Iñigo in Ravel's L'heure espagnole. Noteworthy as well his appearnce in the role of Viridis inthe world premiere of Raf Vandermeulen’s new opera Tropenliefde.

On the UK stage he has performed both Count Almaviva and Figaro in Le Nozze di FigaroDon Giovanni (title role), Marcello in La Bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, as well as Guglielmo ànd Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte.

He made his debut at the Opéra de Rennes as Fiorello Il Barbiere di Siviglia and returned in the same production at the Opera houses of Rouen and Tourcoign.  He has appeared at the Nationale Reisopera in The Netherlands as Marchese d’Obigny La traviata and Blazes The Lighthouse, and for International Opera Productions as Dr Falke Die Fledermaus and Dancairo Carmen.

As part of the cultural Olympiade at the Purcell Room, Kris created the roles of Schade/Mr Bata in the world-premiere of Emily Howard’s Zatopek!, and the leading role in Philip Venables’ Unleashed.

As a prize winner of the Armel International Opera Competition, Kris created the role of Headmaster in Parody by Kerek Gabor, for Plzen JK Tyl Opera, and appeared live on ARTE from the Erkel Theatre in Budapest.


Update cv : Season 2021/2022, November 2021

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