BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2017 Preview: Belgium’s Ivan Thirion To Showcase Lyric Baritone

(BBC Cardiff Singer of the World)

Belgium’s Ivan Thirion has had a great career in two countries. Now he will show just how strong those nations’ ability to create a new star is when he appears at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017.

Short Bio

The baritone was born in Belgium and studied at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels before shooting over to Switzerland to do some work at the Geneva University of Music. He has won a number of major prizes in St. Petersburg and Amsterdam and was a member of the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera, where he took on such operas as “Turandot,” “La Fanciulla del West,” “Adriane auf Naxos,” and “Orlando Paladino.”

Major Performances and Roles

His operatic debut came as Papageno in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” at the Opéra de Wallonie. He subsequently appeared in Marseille, Avignon, and Montpellier in “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Die Fledermaus.” He has taken on roles in “Lucia di Lammermoor” in Liège and “Der Barber von Sevilla für Kinder” at Salzburg, and has toured around the world, including performances in China.

Here he performs a selection from “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

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About the Author

David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

2 Comments on "BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2017 Preview: Belgium’s Ivan Thirion To Showcase Lyric Baritone"

  1. An appalling result| the judging panel used their strategic wild card to keep their pre=destined candidate in the competition, It was patently OBVIOUS to all that the wnner was KANG WANG – the judging panel should be ashamed!

  2. A rigged decision! KANG WANG was patently the best!

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