Laurent Naouri

Laurent Naouri

Bass-Baritone

• Born 1964

Biography

Baritone Laurent Naouri has had a long and varied career, with an exceptionally broad repertory ranging from the early Baroque to the modern era. He is a regular at the Opéra National de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Naouri was born in Paris on May 23, 1964. Studying at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, he decided to switch to music and moved to London to enroll at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was already playing important operatic roles during and soon after his student years in London, including the Theater Director in Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias, Ford in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Ferdinand in Prokofiev's The Betrothal in a Monastery. Naouri's breakthrough came in 1992 when he sang the title role in Darius Milhaud's Christophe Colomb for the opening of the Théâtre Imperial in Compiègne, France. He went on to sing the role of Thésée in Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie at the Palais Garnier Opera in Paris and has been frequently heard in major French opera houses in Paris and beyond. He has often sung Baroque opera, working with William Christie, René Jacobs, and other leading conductors in the field. Naouri made his debut at London's Royal Opera House in 2006 in the role of Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen, and his U.S. debut followed later that year at the Santa Fe Opera in the same role. Naouri has made numerous U.S. appearances, with appearances at the Metropolitan Opera through the 2010s. He was slated to appear at the Met as Capulet in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in March of 2021. Naouri has been unusually prolific in mid-to-late career, with five appearances slated in 2020 before some were canceled due to COVID-19-related closures. His large repertory is part of the reason; it ranges from Monteverdi to Benjamin Britten and beyond.

Naouri's recording career has included recitals of songs by Ravel and Fauré as well as operatic roles. He has recorded for the Naxos, Alpha, and Timpani labels, among others. In 2020, he was heard in the title role of the revival recording of Massenet's early comedy Don César de Bazan with the orchestra Les Frivolités Parisiennes. Naouri is married to soprano Natalie Dessay, and the couple has two children.

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