vincent le texier

Vincent Le Texier,bass-bariton

"An enchanting bass-baritone, of impressive presence and vivacity, a superb voice"

"great voice, an interpretation full of tension, truly magnificent"

"Vincent Le Texier, one the most beautiful French voices of today"

� A strong and engaging personality, Vincent le Texier has been performing around the world for over 20 years, always making sure to remain open and receptive and keep his curiosity intact, while refusing to confine himself to the exploration of rigidly set repertoires. Ranging from baroque (J.Ph Rameau's Platée) to contemporary creations (M.Kagel, M.Constant, G.Aperghis, D.Levaillant, K.Saariaho, S.Giraud, E.Rautavaara, Ph.Manoury, Ph.Fénelon, F.Testi....) along with W.A Mozart (Leporello, Don Giovanni, le Conte, Alfonso), 19th century opera (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Der Freischütz, La Damnation de Faust, Faust, Carmen, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, La Bohème, Le Vaisseau Fantôme, Don Quichotte ...) and that of the 20th� (Pelléas et Mélisande, Salomé, The Love of Three Oranges, Wozzeck, Capriccio, Die Florentinische Tragödie, Der Zwerg, l’Affaire Makropoulos, Katia Kabanova, or Saint François d’Assise..), he has covered over two centuries of operatic works, led by both musical and theatrical interest in the roles portrayed. He has also always taken great care, on recordings or in recital, to give lied and melody the space they deserve.

Holding an agrégation degree (highest state teaching qualification) in Visual Arts, Vincent le Texier began his vocal studies under U.Reinemann before entering the Ecole d'Art Lyrique of the Paris Opera. Encounters with H.Hotter, Ch.Ludwig, E.Schwarzkopf or W.Berry played a crucial role in shaping his career path.

Quickly noticed for his outstanding vocal qualities, his acting talent also proved equally remarkable, making him a performer much appreciated by the finest directors (B.Wilson, G.Lavaudant, A.Engel, R.Carsen, Y.Kokkos, L.Pelly, J.Savary Ch.Warlikowski, Ch.Marthaler, N.Lehnhoff, etc)

His career began with a role to which he would remain faithful to this day, performing it on the world's major stages, the role of Golaud (Pélléas et Mélisande. C.Debussy/M.Maeterlink).

Having taken part in the work's creation in Moscow, under the direction of M.Rosenthal, a specific experience would also affect him deeply: that of P.Brook's Impressions de Pelléas.

Performing in ideal venues, be it in production or concert (Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux Operas, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre de La Monnaie/Brussels, Operas of San Francisco, Geneva, Venice, Stuttgart, Madrid, Basel, Essen, Sao Paulo, Amsterdam Concertgebow ….), he has sung under the direction of the greatest conductors (A.Lombard, M.Minkowski, K.Nagano, J.Nelson, M.Janowski, E.Krivine, Ch.Eschenbach, D.Kawka, A.Altinoglu, M.W Chung, R.Muti, S.Cambreling, Ch.Rousset, Ph.Jordan, S.Denève, S.Mälkki, etc).

Season 2013/2014 will see Vincent reunited with the characters of Jaroslav Prus in L.Janacek's The Makropulos Affair at the Opera Bastille, along with Don Estoban in A.von Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg at the Munich Stattsoper. He will then sing, at the Theatre La Monnaie, Claudius inA.Thomas' Hamlet (under conductor M.Minkowski and staged by O.Py) and Gessler in a concert production of G.Rossini's William Tell (under the direction of E.Pido).

Vincent creates also the role of Bernard Baer in Ph.Hurel's opera, Les Pigeons d’Argile at the Capitole de Toulouse theater (staged by M.Clément) and that of Albert Salomon in M.A Dalbavie's opera, Charlotte Salomon, at the Salzburg Festival (staged by L.Bondy).

He is also touring with a G.Mahler recital (Kindertotenlieder / Rückertlieder), under the direction of D.Kawka. The next concert will take place at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix en Provence September 30th.

This season, he will be Balstrode in "Peter Grimes" in Nice and Golaud in two productions of " Pelléas et Mélisande ", in Tokyo and at the Opera of Lyon.

Vincent le Texier's discography is rich and extensive, often delving into rare repertoires (M.Marais, A.Grétry, J.G Ropartz, E.Bloch, N.Boulanger...).

Recently, a DVD version of L.Cherubini's Medea (K.Warlikowski /Ch.Rousset) was released on the Bel Air Classiques label, along with a DVD of C.Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande (B.Wilson/Ph.Jordan) on NAIVE.

March 29, 2015