Gilles Cachemaille

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Gilles Cachemaille


• Born 1951


Gilles Cachemaille is one of the leading Swiss-born baritones and has maintained a successful career including both standard operatic repertory and early opera and vocal music in the original instruments/authentic performance movement.

He first became well known following his debut at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence in 1982 in Rameau's Les Boréades. He was soon engaged by maestro Herbert von Karajan to sing in a production of Bizet's Carmen at the Salzburg Festival, with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has sung both Leporello and Giovanni in Mozart's Don Giovanni, both Guglielmo and Alfonso in Così fan tutte, and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, as well as Albert in Werther, and Golaud in Pélleas et Mélisande.

He is particularly associated with the music of Berlioz, singing Méphistofélès in La Damnation de Faust and in the rediscovered Berlioz Messe solennelle.

Cachemaille has performed and recorded with such conductors as Colin Davis, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Seiji Ozawa, and Charles Mackerras.