Pascal Bertin began his singing career at the age of 11, with the Choeur d'enfants de Paris and their conductor Roger de Magnée with whom he performed as a soloist around the world; conducted among others by Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, and Sir Georg Solti. As a student of William Christie he received in 1988 the first prize for interpretation of baroque music from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
He developed an extensive career, singing with various leading ensembles performing music of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Among these ensembles were the Huelgas Ensemble, Mala Punica, Clément Janequin, Unicorn Daedalus, A Sei Voci and Gilles Binchois. As an opera and oratorio interpreter, Pascal Bertin has performed with conductors such as Jordi Savall, Christophe Rousset, Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner, Sigiswald Kuijken, Konrad Junghänel, Emmanuelle Haïm en Thomas Hengelbrock.
Pascal Bertin’s opera roles include among others Clovis in Caldara’s La Conversion de Clovis, Mercure in Le Ballet Comique de la Reine by Beaujoyeulx, numerous roles from operas by Händel such as Oronte in Riccardo Primo, Eustazio in Rinaldo, Trasimede in Admeto conducted by Christophe Rousset, Amore in Monteverdi’s Il Ballo delle ingrate, Amore in Giacobbi’s L’aurora Ingannata and Tolomeo in Händel’s Giulio Cesare at De Nederlandse Opera conducted by Marc Minkowski.
Most recent opera appearances include Narciso in Händel’s Agrippina at the Opéra de Dijon and Opéra de Lille, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and conductor Jos van Veldhoven, Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, Orfeo in Orfeo ed Euridice by Joseph Fux with Jordi Savall at the Styriarte Festival in Graz.
Other past engagements include Händel’s Teseo at the Opéra de Nice, Orfeo at De Nederlandse Opera, Il Sant’Alessio by Landi with William Christie in Caen, Paris, Geneva and New York, Rage d’amours at De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam as well as at the Salzburger Festspiele, Arbate in Mozart’s Mitridate, re di Ponto, Pastore in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Opéra de Lille, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and at the Opéra national du Rhin, Ottone in Agrippina at Chicago Opera Theater, Händel’s Messiah with the Bach Collegium Japan in Tokyo, conducted by Masaki Suzuki and Purcell’s King Arthur with Les Talents Lyriques and conductor Christophe Rousset.
Pascal Bertin has recorded over 50 CD’s from different periods and styles. He was also invited by Harmonia Mundi to take part in the recording project Les Trois contre-ténors, together with Andreas Scholl and Dominique Visse.
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