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Cyrille Lovighi was born in 1975 in Sartène (southern Corsica). He started out at Corsica’s Centre d’Art Polyphonique and in 1995 joined the Men’s Chorus of Sartène, led by Jean-Paul Poletti. That same year, he appeared at the Théâtre de Châtelet in Jean-Paul Poletti’s Cantata Corsica. He then went on to record a number of CDs (Polyphonies Franciscaines in 1996 on the Audivis label; Fiori di Memoria in 1998, also on the Audivis label; Messa Sulenna in 2000 for Jade Music; Cantata Corsica in 2000 conducted by Cibrian Para with Romania’s Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra for Naïve; and Goyescas de Granados in 2004 on the Night & Day label). Numerous concerts as a soloist would follow, including Jean-Paul Poletti’s Messa Sulenna with the Sartène Men’s Chorus and the Lyon Opera Orchestra under the direction of John Alldis in March 2001, then Gounod’s Mass and Bizet’s Te Deum in 2003. He was tutored by Yves Sotin at the Regional Conservatory in Angers (where he was unanimously awarded the Gold Medal in 2002) and then in the advanced class at the Regional Conservatory of Saint Maur-des-Fossés (where he was unanimously awarded the Gold Medal in 2004). In 2004, at the Théâtre 13 in Paris, he sang in the opera version of Granados’ Goyescas, an ambitious blend of theatre and opera which would also be presented at the Avignon Festival in July 2004, and at Planete Andalucia in 2005 along with an original creation entitled Flamen Corse which he himself co-authored. In June 2005, he became a full-time member of the Paris Opera Chorus.
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