Benjamin Alunni & Marine Thoreau La Salle

Biography Benjamin Alunni & Marine Thoreau La Salle

Benjamin Alunni & Marine Thoreau La Salle

Benjamin Alunni
Having received very early in his life a thorough musical education at the École Maîtrisienne de Grasse-Côte d’Azur, and having obtained a degree in flute, Benjamin Alunni studied singing as a baritone at the Early music department at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris, then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, spending 6 months as an Erasmus student at the Norges Musikhøgskole d’Oslo with, among others,Håkan Hagegård. Then he attended master classes with Malcolm King, Yvonne Minton, Philippe Huttenlocher and Nathalie Stutzmann and took part in the Liedforum 2006 of the Universität der Künste in Berlin.

In 2007, he joined theAcadémie Européenne d’Ambronay as a soloist, under Christophe Rousset, for whom he later sang with Les Talens Lyriques Charpentier’s Actéon and Les Arts Florissants at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne. Regularly hired by the Capriccio Stravagante under Skip Sempé, he took part all over Europe in various French Baroque programmes (among others, Versailles, Bruxelles, Barcelone, Utrecht).

Learning more about the performance of Baroque music, he sang Phantase in the revival of Lully’s Atys in 2011 under William Christie (Opéra-Comique, Bordeaux, Caen, Versailles, New York), with whom he also sang Charpentier’s David et Jonathas (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Edimbourg, Caen, Opéra-Comique, New York). And, alongside with Edita Gruberova, Nottingham in the finale of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

Having become a tenor, he then sang the Fils in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Théâtre de La Monnaie à Bruxelles).

Passionate about contemporary music, he sang in 2012 Ulysse in Frederico Gardella’s Sirènes (Royaumont, ARCAL), then taking part 2013 in the Voix Nouvelles programme (Royaumont), for whom he created two new pieces with the Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble. He sang in La Jeune fille et la Mort, a dance by Thomas Lebrun (Centre Chorégraphique National de Tours), with whom he later created Lied Ballet in 2014 at the Festival d’Avignon, followed by a worldwide tour.

Furthermore, he’s sang the Fils in Les Mamelles de Tirésias at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy and the Soldier in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Opéra de Dijon. Most recently, he took part in a contemporary music project at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

Benjamin will sing Pastore/Spirito in Monteverdi’s Orfeo at Opéra de Dijon.

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