Our latest reader submission is French baritone Philippe Brocard, who is opening in William Mayer's "A Death in the Family" on June 9th at the Opera Theatre D'Avignon. However, one would never know it from visiting the company's website, as there are no cast lists (our biggest pet peave in the opera world!). You can, however, get tickets online.
William Mayer’s three-act opera is based on two American classics: the Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Death in the Family by James Agee and the play All the Way Home by Tad Mosel. The opera also draws on related passages from Agee’s non-fiction work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Premiered by the Minnesota Opera Company in 1983, A Death in the Family was cited as the best new opera of that year by the National Institute for Music Theater
Philippe Brocard sings "Finch'han del vino" from Don Giovanni:
Brocard started playing the piano at the age of five. In 2004, he decided to become an opera singer and won the FLAME 2007 competition and a year later came in second at the 15th European Competition of Music in Picardie. He performed as a soloist in several oratorios in France and abroad.
Recently, he sang Figaro in Madagascar, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana at Paris Châtelet Theater, Belcore in Donizetti’s Elisir d’amore, Don Giovanni at the Gigondas’ Festival, Baron Gondremark in La Vie parisienne, Jupiter in Orphée aux enfers, le Comte Oscar in Offenbach’s Bluebeard, Papageno at the 10th Puisaye-Forterre Festival, Dr. Ricin in Hervé’s Chilpéric and Valentin in Gounod’s Faust.
As a soloist he sang Le chant des partisans at Bastille Day on Paris’ Champs Elysées which was broadcast live on national TV. He recently performed Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte in Paris and Papageno with the Mozart Gesellschaft in Dortmund, Germany.