Ariën Artists - Ivan Thirion_ Biography






Born in Belgium in 1990, the young baritone was accepted into the Royal Conservatory in Brussels at the age of 17, where he studied under the Belgian baritone Marcel Vanaud. After completing a Bachelor degree in Brussels, he joined the Geneva University of Music where he obtained his Master with Professor Gilles Cachemaille.

He made his operatic debut at the Royal Opera House of Wallonie/Liège as Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute, its success led to various reinvitations (Ogre in Auber's La Forêt Bleue, Gazella in Lucrezia Borgia, Tomaso in Un Ballo in Maschera, Marcello in La Bohème). Also in recent years Ivan Thirion appeared in Liège: as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor (next to Annick Massis in the title role and Celso Albelo), as Lord Cecil (Maria Stuarda) and Don Carlo di Vargas (La Forza del Destino/cover).

From facing the virus ...

Due to covid-19 the artist had to delete a number of productions from his calendar, amongst others : Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlekin) at the opera house of Montpellier, Béatrice et Bénédict (Somarone) a new production, under François-Xavier Roth at the opera house of Cologne, L'heure espagnole (Ramiro) and Jenufa (Starek) the latter two at the Flanders Opera and eventually De Oorlog (The War) the magnum opus by the Belgian composer Peter Benoit, with performances at Elisabeth Hall Antwerp and Vredenburg Utrecht. Some of them might hopefully be reported. We'll inform you in due time.

... To jumping over of the gap

with participations this Autumn 2020 in a concert version of Mozart's Nozze di Figaro as Il Conte Almaviva with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège led by Gergely Madaras and in another new production of Berlioz' Béatrice et Bénédict (again as Somarone) but these time stage directed by Damiano Michieletto and led by Daniele Rustioni at the Opera house of Lyon. Further on this season the artist will appear as Don Fernando in excerpts of Beethoven's Fidelio and as Albert in Massenet's Werther, both at Flanders Opera. And to end this weird season off in style he will sing under Sir Simon Rattle's baton the role of Steuermann in Tristan und Isolde at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (2021).

Recent highlights

To start with Saint Joseph in Der Schmied von Gent by Franz Schreker and the role of the Officer in The penal Colony by Philip Glass at Flanders Opera. Dancaire (Carmen), Grimbald, 3rd Man and Comus in King Arthur at Grand Théätre Geneva. Albert in Werther and Sparck in Fantasio by Jacques Offenbach at Operzuid Maastricht. Furthermore the artist participated in revivals of In the penal Colony at OPERA XXI (Antwerp), Operadagen Rotterdam and Grand Théâtre of Geneva. He sang his first Golaud in Impressions de Pelléas in the semi-staged production with performances in Belgium and Italy, under the artistic direction and the accompaniment by the piano duo Jan Michiels and Inge Spinette.

In concert he embarked on a tour (including performances in main halls in Ghent, Leuven, Brussels and Versailles) with tenor Renoud Van Mechelen and his Ensemble A notte temporis proposing under the title "Un Noël français" a programme entirely dedicated to Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Further more he was offered a Residence at the renowned Festival of Aix-en-Provence where he deepened the Lied repertoire and distinguished himself in a series of recitals (2018). He also appeared in the solo baritone part in Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem" at the Opera house of Montpellier.



July 2013 Ivan Thirion was awarded with the "Wil Keune Prize for a young singer with real potential" at the 32th edition of the "Hans Gabor Belvédère Competition" (Amsterdam edition). The same year he won the 2nd Prize at the 6th edition of the St Petersburg Opera Competiton. He is also finalist of the 26th "Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers" at the Houston Grand Opera (2014).

During that time, Ivan Thirion was also chosen to join the prestigious Young Singers Project (edition of Summer 2015) initiated by the renowned Salzburg Festival. Within that framework he has appeared as Bartolo in a reduced version of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Festival, sung with the Mozarteum Orchestra and taken part in a tour to China, including peformances at the Shangai Grand Theatre, the Beijing National Opera, the Xi’an Concert Hall …

Eventually he has been chosen for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2017, being the first Belgian to reach the final rounds since 30 years.

Breakthrough of a young career

From 2011 to 2013 Ivan Thirion was affiliated with CNIPAL the so called Opera Studio of Marseille, where he appeared in many concerts and opera productions. The latter in collaboration with other French theatres that proved fruitful afterwards such as the Opera Houses of Montpellier (where he sung his first Figaro in Nozze di Figaro), Marseille and Avignon where he sang Franck (Die Fledermaus) and Maharadja (L’amour masqué), next to Toulon, Nancy, Limoges and Bordeaux. Making himself a name Ivan Thirion was invited by the Festival of Radio France to participate in Benjamin Godard's La Vivandière.

Subsequently he joined the International opera studio of the Zurich Opera House, where he was cast as Ping (Turandot), Lakai (Ariadne auf Naxos), Bello (La Fanciulla del West), Rodomonte in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino and Coryphée (Le Comte Ory) next to Cecilia Bartoli ...

Whilst trained and breaking through Ivan Thirion lrepeatedly sung under conductors as Fabio Luisi, Marco Armiliato, William Christie, Kazushi Ono, John Fiore, Paolo Arrivabeni and Leonardo Garcia Alarcon ... and worked toghether with stage directors such as David Pountney, Giancarlo del Monaco, Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, Andreas Homoki, Philippe Sireuil, Claus Guth, Marcial di Fonzo Bo, Waut Koeken…

CV UPDATE JANUARY 2021. Please contact the Agency, to get the most recent version of the present biography, or its short version.

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