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Kris BELLIGH, Baritone

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. He took part in master classes with Dame Felicity Lott, Sir Thomas Allen, Elly Ameling, Graham Johnson and Malcolm Martineau. 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 in La Cenerentola and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore for Grange Park Opera, and performed Papageno in Die Zauberflöte in Belgium, as well as Guglielmo Cosi fan tutte for Opera En Plein Air.

First engagements at the Brussels Royal Opera House La Monnaie in Daphne and La Traviata. The meeting there with director Andrea Breth, led to a new commitment, this time at the Opera House of Amsterdam where Kris Belligh appeared as the unsuccessful player in Breth's The Gambler (Prokofiev). Recent engagements at ROH Monnaie included his participation in Capriccio (Diener) in 2016 and The Cunning little Vixen (Lapak) in 2017.

Kris Belligh, being equally at home in baroque, classical, (early) romantic and contemporary interpretation, has made himself a name as a reliable and informed singer. His multidisciplinary approach of the complete vocal repertoires, allows him also to take part in musical and operette productions with the same professionalism and knowlegde. He appeared more recently in Zoo and Cox & Box by Sullivan and will soon interpret Higgins, the main male role in My Fair Lady (2018). Beside he recently participate in productions created by music theatre companies. It allowed him to distinguish himself as Peachum in Kurt Weill's Dreigroschen-Oper.

On the UK stage he has performed both Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro (Longborough Festival Opera) and Figaro (Brownsea Island Festival), in Don Giovanni (Hampstead Garden Opera), Marcello La Bohème (Oyster Opera), Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte (Oyster Opera), Marchese in La Traviata (Longborough Festival Opera), Sprecher in The Magic Flute (Oyster Opera) and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and in the world premiere of Between Worlds for English National Opera. He made his debut at the opera house of Rennes as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Sevilla and revived the same production at the opera houses of Rouen and Tourcoign. Furthermore Kris Belligh has appeared at the Nationale Reisopera (today : Nederlandse Reisopera) as Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata and Blazes in The Lighthouse. The company International Opera Productions engaged him as Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus and Dancairo in Carmen. Eventually he appeared as Momus/Cold Genius in King Arthur (Belgium).

As part of the cultural Olympiad at the Purcell Room, Southbank, Kris Belligh created the roles of Schade/Mr Bata in the world-premiere of Emily Howard’s Zatopek !, and the lead role in Philip Venables’ Unleashed. As a prize winner of the Armel International Opera Competition, he 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.

On the concert stage he has performed Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt in Reims cathedral, the Bach Passions and B Minor Mass in Stuttgart and Munich, Mozart Requiem at St Eustache in Paris, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Petite Messe Solennelle, Haydn's Creation and The Seasons, Lully’s Thésée on European concert tour with William Christie and the Academy Baroque d’Ambronnay. Recently he sang Sharpless in a concert version of Madama Butterfly with the Lambeth Symphony Orchestra in London. He performed under Nicholas McGeegan and Michael Tilson Thomas at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

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