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Bertrand Dazin (Counter-tenor)

Born: March 29, ___ - Croix, Nord, France

The French counter-tenor, actor, dancer, musical director and music teacher, Bertrand Dazin, was from the age of 7 until 1995 a member of , he was part of the Petits chanteurs de Lille and Maîtrise Boréale directed by Bernard Dewagtere. HAe studied at Lycée Jean Rostand in Roubaix, France (Class of 1993); Lycée Frédéric Ozanam in Lille (Class of 1995); Conservatoire de Lille (Class of 1998 · Opera); Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (Class of 2000 · Baroque). He performed regularly at the Opéra de Lille and other major European music venues. Then he met the stage director, Daniel Fatous, and foiund himself once powered by the world of performing arts, in such diverse jobs as lighting, stage manager, actor and assistant stage director (theater, dance, cinema and Opera).

After years spent in the performing arts (theater and dance), Bertrand Dazin revived the soloist singing through various experiences in recital or staged at the theater since 1994. After the CNR de Lille and Versailles, in the class of Philippe Balloy and Gaël de Kerret, he was accepted to the Centre de Musique Baroque, where he attended the master-classes of interpretation, vocal technique, dance and Baroque gestures, among others with Howard Crook, N. Barker, Maarten Koningsberger, J. Corréas, Paul Esswood, S. Intrieri, F. Deniaux, B. Cramoix.. He was especially a student of James Bowman sponsoring since 1995, as well as of Guillemette Laurens.

Bertrand Dazin has worked with great conductors such as Jean-Claude Malgoire, Olivier Schneebeli, Laurence Equilbey, Michel Laplénie, Frans Brüggen, Christophe Rousset, Michel Piquemal, Martin Gester, Pierre Cao, Paul Colléaux, Gabriel Garrido, Marc Minkowski.... on the other hand, he performs contemporary repertoire with works written especially for him by composers such as Jean-Marc Toillon, Omar Yagoubi, Dea Loher, Michel Smith., Michel Bosc, Jacques Derégniocourt, Julien Bros ..

Since 2000, Bertrand Dazin appears in a duet with James Bowman "Pastime with good compagny" English Court music recital (Henry XIII, Byrd, Dowland ...) and other four programmes with duets for two counter-tenors: Blow / Purcell / Monteverdi / Heinrich Schütz / George Frideric Handel / Giovanni Battista Pergolesi with a their ensemble and continuo or with orchestra La Cathédrale Invisible, which he founded in 1995 (labeled by the Conseil Général du Nord). He can be heard in recitals, including: Jesuit French music in duo with Bernard Delétré; English music J. Dowland with lute and narrator of Shakespeare's Sonnets; Recital in Geneva with Fabian Schoffrin; Duo setting mirroring contemporary to Baroque music with James Bowman and the Orchestre de Lyon conducted by P. Fournier (Lille, Lyon, Oxford, Bournemouth ...); Antonio Vivaldi & G.B. Pergolesi recital with the Orchestre de Tchècquie création contemporaine conducted by Paolo Gato; Recital on the art of the castrati.

Bertrand Dazin is also engaged in oratorios, including:les méditations pour le temps du carême, Requiem by Charpentier conducted by Guy Van Wass in Luxembourg' La messe de l’homme armé and le miroir des siècles sacra motteti, maîtres sonneurs with Ensemble A Sei Voci and Thierry Escaich, Nisi Dominus and Gloria by A. Vivaldi conducted by Hugues Reiner in Paris; Fiesta Criolla, Puebla by Los Angeles and Selva morale (recorded) with Gabriel Garrido in Paris, Ambronay, Valadolid, Antwerp, with Sfera Harmoniosa conducted by Mike Fentros; Vespers by Monteverdi at the Festival of Utrecht; Arvo Pärt conducted by Jordi Savalll in Paris; Requiem and Mass in C by W.A. Mozart with the European Orchestra conducted by Hugues Reiner; Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244), Mass in B flat and Motets by J.S. Bach with Pierre Cao and the Messiah, Nisi and Dixit Dominus by G.F. Handel; an Italian sacred music programme "Durante, Caldara, Astorga" and "Jephté, jonas et vanitas " by Carissimi; "motets et messe" by Charpentier with Paul Colléaux; Stabat Mater by G.B. Pergolesi and A. Vivaldi at the Ste Chapelle- Paris; inauguration of the exhibition Botticelli and Titian at the Musée Présidentiel du Sénat and the Assemblée Nationale with the Ensemble Les Cours Européennes and La Cathédrale Invisible conducted by Gael Kerret with CDs and DVD recording ... He has also participated in numerous television and radio recordings and CD recordings, including works by Le-jeune, Desmaret, Charpentier, Pamart, Astorga, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Gabrielli....

Bertrand Dazin performed the role of the Swan in Orff's Carmina Burana, the role of Miles in the oratorio Mors Saûlis et Jonathae by Charpentier in the Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles, Fairy Queen by Purcell Performer on stage ... and saves the role of Mercury in the opera la mort d’orpheo by Landi conducted by Françoise Lasserre, sang a capella, plaed and danced in the show Trans- (e) duo show with an Aerial circus artist Romain Guimard staged by Lydia Doléans (on tour), danced in Parades et changes by Anna Alprin; sang sings at the Opéra de Paris and Opéra de Chatelet under the baton of Marc Minkowski, Gluck's Iphigenia and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas; sang the cantata l’apocalypse :by A .Gouses for the royal couple to Brussels; performed Neron in Julius Caesar by G.F. Handel conducted by Christophe Rousset in Rome, the role of Love in the opera à l’ombre du grand arbre creation OF R. Clerc Geneva.

Bertrand Dazin has enriched his art of singing with other techniques: dance, theater, cinema, martial arts. He seeks to mix genres. He has the physical ability to be more than a voice, climb, dance, play, merge with an aerial performer in the field of circus in particular. He currently lives in Paris, France.


Source: Harmonia Sacra Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (September 2016); Bertrand Dazin profile on Facebook
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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With: Ensemble Les Muses Galantes:
La Cantate des Muses:
BWV 248/4-5 [2013]

Links to other Sites

Bertrand Dazin - Contre-ténor (Harmonia Sacra) [French]

Bertrand Dazin on Facebook
La Cathédrale Invisible [French]

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