Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Baritone

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A true revelation of France’s young generation, Edwin Crossley-Mercer studied in Versailles and Berlin and made his debut in Berlin in 2006 in Don Giovanni. Today he is invited to perform in some of the most prestigious theatres on the international scene. In 2009, he sang the role of Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. He then made his debut at the Paris Opera in Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlekin) and he sang in La Juive (Albert) in Amsterdam, La Cenerentola (Dandini) at the Opéra national du Rhin, Hippolyte et Aricie (Thésée) at the Beaune and Versailles festivals, and Castor et Pollux (Pollux) at the Théâtre de Champs-Élysées. In Berlin (at the Staatsoper and Komische Oper), he sang in La Bohème, Der Freischütz and Doktor Faustus under the direction of Daniel Barenboim. Subsequently, Edwin Crossley-Mercer made his American debut in the role of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and he then performed in Platée (Jupiter) in New York, Vienna and Paris. In 2013, he sang the lead role in Don Giovanni at the Opéra de Dijon. He played Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Geneva in the world premiere of Philippe Fénelon’s JJR citoyen de Genève and then Leporello (Don Giovanni) at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2014. He has also performed in concert and recital in Bayreuth and New York, as well as in Paris and Saint Petersburg with, among others, the Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester and the Orchestre national de France. In 2007, he was a winner of the HSBC Foundation Award and the Prix Lili & Nadia Boulanger, and he recorded Les Motets by Charpentier, Arias and Opera Extracts by Lully, and Carmina Catulli by Michael Linton. During the 2014 / 2015 season, he performed the roles of Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Harlekin at the Paris Opera and Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict) at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. He also performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in La Damnation de Faust in Baden-Baden. More recently, he sang the role of Eurymaque in Fauré’s Pénélope at the Opéra national du Rhin.

Projects: The Count (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, Lescaut (Massenet’s Manon) in Dallas, and the world premiere of Hauke Berheide’s Penthesilea at the Bayerische Staatsoper’s Munich Opera Festival (July 2016). 

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