Cyrille Dubois

Cyrille Dubois

Tenor

• Born 1985

Biography

The French tenor Cyrille Dubois has performed an unusually wide variety of roles, ascending early in his career to appearances at La Scala, the Paris Opera, and other top houses. Dubois was born in Ouistreham on the Normandy coast in 1985. By the time he was six, he was already singing in a municipal choir there, and the following year he joined the children's choir the Maîtrise de Caen. He made rapid progress as a singer, mastering English and appearing in a production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw at the Opéra de Lyon at age 12. He took a break from singing after his voice changed and contemplated a scientific career, but he returned to music and enrolled at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris, studying with Alain Buet. After finishing his studies, he joined the Lyric Workshop at the Paris Opera and began to find major roles there: Sam Kaplan in Kurt Weill's Street Scene in 2010, and Goncalves in Ravel's one-act opera L'heure espagnole the following year. Soon he was appearing in other major houses, including the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 2013, playing Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. He sang in a new production of Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Opéra de Lyon in 2014. He reprised the Ravel work at the Glyndebourne festival in 2015. In the late 2010s, Dubois appeared in Mozart operas at a variety of venues, including Così fan tutte at the Paris Opera in 2017; he also appeared in Auber's opera Le domino noir at the Liège Opera that year.

Dubois has also performed recitals with pianist Tristan Raës as Duo Contraste; the pair won prizes at the Lili and Nadia Boulanger Competition and the Lyon Chamber Music Competition, and have appeared at Wigmore Hall in London. Dubois has been heard on several recordings, including three opera albums in 2018 alone: a performance of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles, conductor Hervé Niquet's production of Fromental Halévy's La reine de Chypre, and conductor Christophe Rousset's revival of Antonio Salieri's almost unknown Les Horaces.

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