Nicolas Courjal

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Born in France, he studies with Jane Berbié. Nicolas Courjal started in the ensemble of the Opéra Comique in Paris and Wiesbaden, and participated at the Wexford Festival.

He rapidly sings at the Bastille, the Chatelet, in Lyon Nice, Toulouse, Montpellier, Tours, La Fenice, Nantes, at the Sferisterio Macerata, in Metz, at the Maestranza in Seville, Covent Garden, in Japan, Marseille, at the Choregies d’Orange, the Grand Theatre of Geneva, in Monte Carlo, and Moscow.

He participates in creations by Pascal Dussapin , Marius Constant, Philippe Fenelon, Laurent Petitgirard and René Koering.

He appears in ” Robert Le Diable ” at Covent Garden ; ” L’Heure Espagnole ” with the Orchestre National de Lyon, in Lyon and in salle Pleyel Paris, sings the Verdi’s Requiem with the Orchestre National de Lorraine, Basilio in Bordeaux, Nourabad (Bizet’s ” The Pearl Fishers ” with Alagna) in concert in Paris , the Sultan in “Marouf ” at the Opera Comique ; He also sings in “Ballo in Maschera” in Orange, in Les Troyens ” (Narbal , also with Alagna) in Marseille, and in ” Sigurd” in Geneva; Herculaneum” by Felicien David, with Palazetto Bru Zane,, in “Le Roi d’Ys”(title role) and ” La Straniera”. He also sings Sarastro, in Vichy ,Mephistopheles(Damnation de Faust) a the Berlioz Festival, König Marke in Bordeaux, in Rossinis” Mose”, and is Gessler (” William Tell “)in Monte-Carlo as well as at Covent Garden ,where he’s also performing two series of ” Carmen as well as the High Priest in “Oedipus” “by Enesco at Covent Garden,” Orfeo “by Monteverdi in Lausanne and Rameau’s Zoroastre” at the Festivals of Beaune, Montpellier and Aix-en-Provence …

He sings also his first Pimen in Marseille, in “Monteverdi’s Orfeo in Lausanne and Narbal(Les Troyens) ” “with the Ochestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg (recorded for Warner),Mephistopheles (Damnation de Faust” with the Russian National Orchestra at the Colmar Festival, Ramfis at the Chorégies d’Orange and recently debuted also in Marseille as Filippo II/Don Carlos.

In concert he appears with the Orchestre de Mulhouse, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice, the Avignon Orchestra, l’Orchestre National de Lyon, the Malaysian Orchestra, the Philharmonie de Lorraine, RTVE Madrid, Santa Cecilia, Philharmonia Orchestra London, at the Philharmonie de Paris and in recital at the Choregies d ‘Orange.

Nicolas Courjal sings notably under the direction of MW Chung, C.von Dohnany, C.Eschenbach, V.Fedosseiev, L.Foster, J.Mercier, M.Plasson, L Zlatkin, S.Baudo, D.Oren, JE Gardiner, M .Minkovski, B. Soustrot, P.Steinberg, A. Pappano, E.Pekka Salonen, R.Pichon, J.Nelson, R.Pichon, M. Franck .,FX Roth…

Among his recent success,:Philippe II, « Les Troyens » , in concert ,at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Mephistopheles(Damnation d Faust) au Festival de Colmar, et very recently the Four Villains in “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” in Monaco, with great reviews about his interpretation…

In the future, Nicolas Courjal willbe Marseille for Phanuel (Hérodiade), Fiesco and Capulet (Capuletti), ,Don Inigo(« L’Heure Espagnole ») at the Paris Opéra, the old Hebrew in “Samson et Dalila”in Monte-Carlo and again the Four Vilains in Lausanne,as well as « Sonnambula », Bertram’(Robert Le Diable » )at La Monnaie Brussels, Mephistopheles,(Faust)in Nice and Marseille,« Hamlet » at L’Opera Royal de Wallonie »and he will participate at the Rossini Festival Pesaro in Moise ».

Nicolas Courjal did several recordings and videos recordings :

“Stabat Mater” by Dvorak, “Requiem” by Lancino, “Elefant Man” by Petigirard, “Carmen” / Royal Opera House Covent Garden, “Dimitri” in Joncquières and “Herculaneum” by Félicien David, both with the Palazetto Bru Zane and recently “Les Troyens”