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Guy DE MEY, tenor

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Guy de Mey - portraitThe Belgian tenor Guy de Mey studied with Erna Spoorenberg, Sir Peter Pears and Eric Tappy. Today he can look back on an impressive international career with hundreds of concerts  and opera performances throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Israël and Japan. Meanwhile he made his debut at ROH Covent Garden as Linfea Cavalli’s La Calisto under Ivor Bolton and as Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon under Antonio Pappano next to Anna Netrebko and Vittorio Grigolo and at La Scala di Milano as Tichon, in Katia Kabanova under Sir J.E. Gardiner and Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos under Jeffrey Tate.

More recently Guy de Mey made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival as Tanzmeister. The more he sang Basilio in Nozze di Figaro at ROH Covent Garden, Frick in the acclaimed production of La vie parisienne, directed by Waut Koeken at ONR Strasbourg and Aristea in a new production of L'Orontea (Cesti) at the Opera House of Frankfurt.

Upcoming engagements will include engagements at ONR Strasbourg for the revivals of Janacek's The Makropulos Affair (Vitek) and The cunning little vixen (Schoolmaster). At the Flanders Opera he will take part in the new production of The Makropulos Affair ; these time though as Count Hauk-Sendorf (Sept/Okt 2016). Another production Guy de Mey is particularly looking forward to, is Cavalli's La Calisto directed by Mariame Clément, in which he will sing Linfea under the baton of Christophe Rousset (ONR, April/May 2017). On longer term he will revive La Calisto (Linfea) directed by David Alden at the Bavarian State Opera Munich and appear at La Monnaie in Les dialogues des Carmélites (Aumônier) directed by Olivier Py.

Main engagements since 2006 included guest performances in Zürich in L'Etoile (Chabrier) under Sir J.E. Gardiner and in Ariadne auf Naxos under Chr. Von Dohnanyi ; at Bavarian State Opera Munich, he appeared in the world creation of Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin, as Triquet in Kr. Warlikowski’s sensational Eugen Onegin, in Idomeneo and in Ariadne auf Naxos (under Kent Nagano) ; at Grand Théâtre de Genève in Alice in Wonderland (these time directed by Mira Bartov). He sang Tichon in Kat'a Kabanova both at Teatro Real de Madrid under Jiri Belohlavek and at the Opera House of Oviedo. At DNO Amsterdam he appeared as Vitek (The Makropoulos Affair) under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and as Triquet (Eugen Onegin) under Mariss Jansons.

In France he was repeately invited at ONR Strasbourg, as Tanzmeister and for the Janacek cycle, directed by Robert Carsen, as Vitek, Tichon and Chapkine (From the House of the Dead). With Frick in Laurent Pelly’s successful production La vie Parisienne he made his debut at the Lyon Opera House and with Guillot de Morfontaine he returned to Opéra royal de Wallonie (2011/2012).

At the Flanders Opera House, he particiapted amongst others in : Lulu (Der Maler/Der Neger), Dialogues des Carmélites (L'Aumônier), Ariadne auf Naxos (Tanzmeister), Kat'a Kabanova (Tichon), Het sluwe vosje (Schoolmeester), Oedipus Rex, Eugen Onegin (Triquet) and Zauberflöte (Monostatos).

Discography : Guy de Mey has made more than 50 recordings with reputated conductors (John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, Roger Norrington, Michel Corboz, William Christie, Jordi Savall, Nicholas McGegan, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski...). Several of these recordings were distinguished with international prizes (Grand Prix du Disque, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Caecilia Award, Diapason d’Or).

Other career highights are his appearances in Mozart’s “Zauberflöte” and Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” under Roger Norrington at the London Proms and at the English National Opera ; Lully’s “Atys” under William Christie at the Paris Opera, in Firenze and New York; Berg’s “Lulu” with Teresa Stratas in a production by Ruth Berghaus, and “Boris Godunov” with José Van Dam at the Brussels Opera La Monnaie; Händel’s “Judas Maccabaeus” with the San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; Bach’s “Matthäus Passion” with the Concertgebouw orkest  Amsterdam ; Berlioz’ “L’Enfance du Christ” at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence; Scarlatti’s “Mitridate” at the Schwetzinger Festspiele; Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” at the Nantes Opera. Furthermore Guy de Mey appeared with major operas by Monteverdi and Cavalli at New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv, Spoleto Festival USA/Charleston, Bavarian Opera as well as at the Operahouses of Paris and Copenhagen.

Guy de Mey is also well known as a Lieder singer. He appeared in recital in Belgium a.o. at the Operas in Brussels and Antwerp, in Germany, France, the Netherlands, in Israel and the USA.  Memorable were his interpretations of Schubert’s “Die schöne Müllerin” at the Franz Schubert Festival in Denmark and Schubert’s “Winterreise” at the Flanders Festival.

Since 1995 Guy de Mey has been teaching at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp.


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