Alain AUBIN

contratenor


Alain Aubin

A vocalist with an atypical past, Alain has sung on some of the most important lyrical stages of Europe (Brussels, Vienna, Lyon, Montpellier, Paris-Châtelet, Rome, Naples-San Carlo).
Philippe Herreweghe discovered Alain’s voice and his musical instincts whilst he was still an oboist at the Opera of Marseille, his home town.  His debut with Philippe Herreweghe at the Chapelle Royale (Royal Chapel), make him a specialist of ancient music.

In 98, he met Peter Eötvös who gave him the role of Olga in his Russian opera ‘Trois Soeurs’ (Three Sisters) at the Opera of Lyon under the direction of Kent Nagano, a role which he has interpreted at Châtelet, Brussels and Vienna.  The event has been aired several times on the radio channels ARTE and MEZZO (intégrale DeutschGrammophon).
In 2000, at Châtelet, Alain and Gidon Kremer created the concerto for violin and contratenor by Gijan Kancheli, aired by France Musique (directed by Kent Nagano).

In spring 2009 with the ensemble Télémaque, he sang Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs in a Franco-Italian tour, and interpreted the role of King Solomon in Handel’s Oratoria, with the choir and orchestra of the Opera of Marseille.
In September 2009 he was invited to the Bouffes du Nord, for Desperate Singers, a creation of the ensemble Télémaque for the Festival d’Île de France (aired lived on the channel France Musique).

Alain can be heard on two famous Lambarena albums, ‘Bach to Africa’ (Sony) and ‘Mozart l’Egyptien’ (Virgin).  In May 2010, his recording of Diana et Endimione by A.Scarlatti was re-released by Arion.

Alain composed for Catherine Marnas the music for Sainte Jeanne des abattoirs by Bertolt Brecht, and the French Cultural Centre at Phnom Penh welcomed him this summer in residence for a musical creation ‘Les Deux Perdrix’ (The Two Partridges), a Khmer tale mixing song, electronic music and traditional instruments.