Countertenor Thierry Gregoire, a student of James Bowman, Paul Esswood and Henri Ledroi, has won awards from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and the Vellutti International Singing Competition (Italy).
A promising voice with a rare and much sought-after tessitura, he made a name for himself in over 350 performances of “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” by Moliere and Lully at La Comedie Francaise. He quickly came to the attention of prominent conductors such as Marc Minowski, Jean Claude Malgoire, Chritstophe Rousee and Jonathan Darlington.
From the title role of San Giovanni Battista by Stradella to Haendel Dixit Dominus and Monteverdi’s Incorinazione di Poppea to the recordings of Acis and Galatee of Lully, Rameau’s Dardanus or Gluck’s Armide, Marc Minowski proved to be one of his earliest admirers. Invited by the most prestigious festivals (Aix en Provenance, Beaune, Festival d’Ile de France d’Art Sacre, Wiener Festwochen, Flaneries Musicals of Reims), Thierry Gregoire also appeared on the international stage in productions in Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo, Melbourne, New York and also in concerts in Australia, Korea, Germany, Italy and India.
He collaborated twice with the baroque orchestra Modo Antiquo directed by Frederico Maria Sardelli. He also worked in two productions for the Barga Festival and contributed to two opera recordings of Vivaldi, Orlandi Furioso and Tito Manlio.
Thierry Gregoire is interested in contemporary music as well, and has developed many operas: Patrice Fouillaud’s C’est la faute à Werther, Bernanrd Cavanna’s Raphael, reviens! (CD recording). He also contributed to Rolf Liebermann’s Medea: he was the Kreon in the Opera Bastille in Paris.
He worked alongside the Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena; the duo won the award for the best stage performance at the Golden Prague International Television Festival. The French music magazine Classica featured him as a Classica RTL young talent and included his music in the RTL Discoveries CD.
About the piece: Henry Purcell (1659-1695) is probably one of the greatest British composer. He was trained at Westminster Abbey musical school and became the official organist of this prestigious school when he was 22. He composed sacred music, theatre music and also the opera DIDO and AENAS.
After a puritanism period, Great Britain was returning to life and no one better than Henry Purcell has been able to use the rhythm of the english language to music. This may be one of the reason why he was named after his death ORPHEUS BRITANNICUS. This one hour with Henry Purcell will take us amongst some of his well known songs as Music for a while, Strike the viol. They are all about love, sadness, poetry and despair.
12th February: Udaipur World Music Festival, Udaipur
14th February: Alliance Française de Delhi Auditorium, 7pm, New Delhi
16th February: Mazda Hall, 7pm, Pune
19th February: Alliance Française de Bangalore Auditorium, 7pm, Bangalore
21st February: Edouard Michelin Auditorium, 7pm, Chennai