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Pierre-Yves Pruvot Biography

Fascinated by the rediscovery of forgotten or ill-known scores of a repertoire extending from 17th-century music to contemporary creation, in a few years the French baritone Pierre-Yves Pruvot has become a much sought-after artist for numerous projects round the world, often followed by world premiere recordings. His vocal and dramatic talents are particularly appreciated in French and Italian operas of the 19th and 20th centuries, with certain highpoints including the Russian premiere of Debussy’s Rodrigue et Chimène with the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic; the title role in Milhaud’s Bolivar with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar in Caracas, the first complete staged performance since its premiere; Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine (Vasco de Gama) in its uncut original version in Chemnitz (Germany); Mascagni’s Iris in Trieste, conducted by Maestro Nello Santi; and the first modern performances followed by recordings of Johann Christian Bach’s Amadis de Gaule in Prague; Kreutzer’s La Mort d’Abel in Liège; Grétry’s Céphale et Procris at the Royal Opera of Versailles; Cherubini’s Lodoïska at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, La Fenice in Venice and the Auditorium at the Parco della Musica in Rome; Salieri’s Falstaff under the direction of Jean-Claude Malgoire; and Hummel’s Mathilde von Guise in Bratislava.

His discography includes a large number of recordings with orchestra devoted to Bizet, Massenet, Meyerbeer, Paladilhe, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Thomas, Halévy, Franck, and Séverac, as well as Monsigny, Paër, Lesueur, Dalayrac, Grétry and Gossec. On stage, he sings the major repertoire roles: Scarpia, Jago, Rigoletto, Falstaff, Gianni Schicchi, Renato, Germont, Nabucco, Figaro, Leporello, Don Alfonso, Golaud, Méphistophélès, Zurga, the High Priest of Dagon…

With insatiable curiosity, he has also explored the mélodie and Lied repertoires in duo with pianist Charles Bouisset for more than twenty years. Together, they have given recitals throughout Europe and recorded works by Poulenc, Sauguet, Ravel, Chabrier, Duparc, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Viktor Ullmann, Frank Martin, Pavel Haas, Guy Sacre, Jean-René Combes-Damiens… Pierre-Yves Pruvot has also recorded with the Debussy and Manfred Quartets and has given the first performance of numerous contemporary works, several of which were dedicated to him.

Pierre-Yves Pruvot is the winner of the international competitions of s’Hertogenbosch (1998), Paris (1999) and the Queen Elisabeth (2000). He is the founder of Editions Symétrie in Lyon.