Nicolas Certenais, French Lyric Bass

Born in Brest in 1982, Nicolas Certenais initially studied Philosophy before dedicating his career to music and specifically singing.

Following a Masters Degree in Philosophy, he joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2007 in baryton Alain Buet's class, where he studies with M. C. Le Roux, Anne Le Bozec, Jeff Cohen, Olivier Reboul, Susan Manoff and Catherine Simonpietri. He often works with the ensemble les Musiciens du Paradis and frequently sings sacred music as a soloist bass singer. The singer's diverse repertoire includes Mozart's Requiem and Messe de Couronnement, Gounod's Messe à Sainte-Cécile, Haydn's Harmoniemesse and Stabat Mater, and many works by Bach (Magnificat, Cantates) and by Buxtehude.

Comfortable in both classic, baroque repertory and contemporary art, he made his public debut as a soloist as Muphti in Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Lully in Brest, Brittany, France. Whilst Nicolas performed as Masetto from Mozart's Don Giovanni, he also sung the first and second misters in Amour Masqué in the auditorium in Musée d'Orsay, he also sung in Nozze di Figaro (as Antonio) in 2010 in Paris, Cité de la Musique (K. Weiss / E. Cordoliani).

Recently he has performed extracts from Boris Godunov (as Pimen) in the Cité de la Musique, extracts from Rossini at the Théâtre du Châtelet in December 2010. In 2011, he performs as Victor et Xavier in Reynaldo Hahn's O Mon bel Inconnu at the Opera-Comique and at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne. In March, Nicolas sung with great success Sarastro as well as the Sprecher in Mozart's Magic Flute at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris: he performed these rolees again the follozing summer in open-air concerts in Brittany.

In Spring 2011, Nicolas also performed a programme of French operettes at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. In Winter 2011, Nicolas has performed as the Commander in Mozart's Don Giovanni in Chaumont as well as in Germany. In february, he will sing some romantic lieders in Thomas Quasthoff's Master Class in the Cité de la Musique, Paris. He will also sing in Glück 's Echo and Narcissus, Arkel in Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) and a recital of opera arias in Arles, in Spring 2012. Upcoming engagements include Doctor Grenvil (Traviata) and Sparafucile (Rigoletto) in 2013, Masetto in Tours and Reims opera's houses and Haly in l'Italina in Algeri at the Theatre des Champs-Elysées in 2014.

"Nicolas Certenais, an amazing bass" (Requiem de Mozart, Le Télégramme 2004) (2014)

"An impressive bass, Nicolas Certenais" (Récital, Midi Libre, 09/09/2007)

"We can only but notice (...) the potential of the bass soloist Nicolas Certenais."(Ô mon bel inconnu, Opera Comique, Forum Opera, 2011)

"The Antonio colorful and booming of Nicolas Certenais" (Le Nozze di Figaro, Concertonet, 2011)

"Nicolas Certenais war ein stattlicher Komtur" "Nicolas Certenais, an impressive Commendatore" (Don Giovanni, Dortmund, Ruhr Nachrichten, 5/12/2011)

"An amazing Bass voice (Thomas Quasthoff, 2012)

"On applaudit le Masetto sonore et sympathique de Nicolas Certenais, basse avec laquelle il va falloir compter" (Don Giovanni, Opera de Tours, Opéra Magazine, décembre 2013)

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