Cyril Auvity © Philippe Matsas
The French tenor Cyril Auvity, who was born in 1977, is a native of Montluçon in the Auvergne. He studied physics at the University of Lille while at the same time completing his vocal training at the Lille Conservatory, and he launched his career in 1999 as the winner of the Concours International de Chant in Clermont-Ferrand. He was soon discovered by William Christie, who engaged him for his production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at the Aix-en-Pro-vence Festival. Ever since then Auvity has collaborated regularly with Christie. Under his direction he has sung in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants and David et Jonathas, has undertaken the title role in Rameau’s Pygmalion, and will perform Campra’s Les fêtes venitiennes with Christie in April 2016 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. Christophe Rousset, Hervé Niquet, Vincent Dumestre, and Ottavio Dantone are also among Auvity’s musical partners; Emmanuelle Haïm engaged him as Basilio for her production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Lille Opera. With his own ensemble, L’Yriade, Auvity also devotes himself to the cantata repertoire and has released two CDs focused on the Orpheus myth and on the works of Giovanni Battista Bononcini, respectively. He has additionally recorded the title hero of two Lully operas: Bellérophon and Amadis, both with Christophe Rousset. Among Auvity’s major recent credits have been performances in Rameau’s Platée at the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, and the Staatstheater Stuttgart. At the 2016 Munich Opera Festival he will be part of the ensemble in a new production of Rameau’s Les Indes galantes.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2004 in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas conducted by William Christie.