Laurent Naouri

French bass-baritone (1964-, Paris)

Far from being limited to the French baroque opera, Laurent Naouri's lyrical pathway stuns equally by its variety and by its hectic rhythm. His charisma on stage and his technique made him an acclaimed artist.

Laurent Naouri graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in 1985, then decided to devote himself to lyrical art the following year. He studied musical writing with Yvonne Desportes, then successively moved to CNIPAL in Marseille, where he worked on Cosi fan tutte with Pierre Constant and Janine Reiss, and through the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Upper Course. Finally, he completed his training with Jean-Pierre Blivet.

Laurent Naouri began his career at the Radio France and Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon festival, and went on to interpret Christophe Colombo in the eponymous opera by Darius Milhaud at the Compiègne Imperial de Theatre in 1992. His powerful and controlled voice allowed him to take on the most diverse repertoires, from Monteverdi to jazz. He has frequently performed on lyrical stages, in recital or oratorio, and has recorded several albums devoted to French melodists: Faure, Ravel, Roussel, Poulenc. He has been heard on the greatest lyrical stages in such diverse operas as Plataea by Rameau, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Orpheus in the Underworld and The Tales of Hoffman by Offenbach, Berlioz's Troyens, Pelléas and Mélisande by Debussy, Eugène Onegin by Tchaikovsky and War and Peace by Prokofiev

Six landmark dates in the life of Laurent Naouri:

1986: He decided to devote the lyrical arts
1992: Title role in Christopher Columbus by Darius Milhaud for his first commitment
1996: Palais Garnier debut in the role of Thésée (Hippolyte and Aricie)
2006: Recorded Round about Bill, an album dedicated Bill Evans music
2007: He sang Golaud in a Pelléas et Mélisande performance at the Champs-Elysées theatre.
2012: first performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Sharpless (Madame Butterfly)

Biography from the Musical Documentation, November 2013