Ariën Artists - Ivan Thirion_ Biography






Born in Belgium in 1990, the young baritone Ivan Thirion was trained at the Conservatory in Brussels and the Geneva University of Music where he obtained his Master with Professor Gilles Cachemaille. He was subsequently trained at CNIPAL (Marseille) and the Opera studio of Zurich. Then the Salzburg Festival invited him to take part in it’s Young Singers Project 2015, which also enhanced his career.  

At the Royal Opera house of Wallonie (Liège) he made his debut at Papageno in the Magic Flute and the Ogre in Auber's La Forêt Bleue. Also in recent years the artist appeared in Liège amongst others as Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda and Don Carlo di Vargas (La Forza del Destino), the latter as cover.

Meanwhhile Ivan Thirion has repeatedly 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, Simon Stone …

Season 2023-2024

At ORW Liège Ivan Thirion participates both in the season’s opening production of Barbiere di Siviglia (as Fiorello) as in Carmen (as Le Dancaire) being the closing title of the current season. Between the two he’s meeting with fellow-traveller Ravel at the opera houses of Avignon and Tours, where he sings Ramiroin L'heure espagnole and Le Chat & L'horloge in L'enfant et les Sortilèges.

Subsequently, on his way to Lyon to sing Somarone (Béatrice et Bénédict), Ivan will make a little detour to Geneva where he will sing - under the baton of M° Guillaume Tourniaire - the role of Calabazas, in the concert performance and CD-recording at Victoria Hall, of the rarely performed opera La sorcière (The Witch) by the French composer Camille Erlanger (1863-1919).

In the medium term Ivan will make his debut as  Don Pedro de Hynoyosa in Offenbach’s La Périchole and sing Albert in Massenet’s Werther.

Récents engagements

Ivan Thirion debut as Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo sungunder M° Marcus Bosch at the Operafestival of Heidenheim 2023 ; his house debut at the opera of Strasbourg, where he sang the Messenger & 2nd Sailor in The tale of Tsar Saltan (Rimski-Korsakow). His return to the Grand Théâtre  Geneva where he participated as Matteo, in the premiere of the French version of Christian Bénédict at the Opera house of Cologne, there under the baton of François-René Roth. Noteworthy are as well : his first Rigoletto –in a shortend mailer made version to young audiences - coproduced by the opera house of Rouen and the Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées and his role debut as Nardo/Roberto in Mozart's La Finta giardiniera at Théâtre des Martyres, Brussels.

Equally at home in various repertoires

below a selection of Ivan’s other roles sung on stage : Roderick Usher in The Fall of the House of Usher (Debussy/Van Parys), Joseph in Der Schmied von Gent, Schreker),The Officer in The penal colony, Glass) – all three performed at the Flanders Opera - Golaud in Impressions de Pelléas (Debussy/Constant), Sparck in (Fantasio, Offenbach), Belcore in L'Elisir d'Amore, Ping in Turandot, Knecht & Wirt in Firebird  (Prokofiev), Oronte in Médée (M. A. Charpentier), the Count of Toulouse in Jerusalem (Verdi), Grimbald & 3rd Man in King Arthur (Purcell).

In concert the artist appeared alongside the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jac van Steen at Vredenburg Utrecht and the Elisabeth Hall Antwerp, for the performance of «  De Oorlog » (‘The War’) the rarely performed magnum Opus by the Belgian composer Peter Benoit. He’s also highly sought after as a soloist in Brahms' deutsches Requiem, Berlioz' L'Enfant du Christ, Fauré’s Requiem ... and the Lied-cycles by Mahler, Ravel or Ibert.

Génération Opéra (GO)

Ivan Thirion's election by Génération Opéra (GO) for the so called "Promotion 2022", including twelf of the most promising singers within the French speaking territories worldwide. A real present with the key to plenty concerts and recitals over the past two years.

Awards and achievements

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.



CV UPDATE : Season 2023-2024. January 2024. Please contact the Agency to receive the most recent version of the artist's biography (or to get the short version).

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