Arab Today, arab today french baritone naouri earns us acclaim
Last Updated : GMT 12:18:37
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

As devilish nemesis of tortured Hoffmann

French baritone Naouri earns US acclaim

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today French baritone Naouri earns US acclaim

Metropolitan Opera image shows Laurent Naouri as Lindorf and Matthew Polenzani
New York - Arab Today

Donning a black hat and cape, the baritone Laurent Naouri contorts and cackles his way through "Les Contes d'Hoffmann" as the devilish nemesis of the tortured poet Hoffmann.
Naouri is a near-constant presence in the Metropolitan Opera's three-and-a-half hour production, which runs from bubble-gum animation to cold minimalism as a parade a colorfully-coiffed personages cross the stage.
Naouri's identity morphs with each new tale, even as his character remains essentially the same.
"Mostly, I'm an emanation of the Hoffmann psyche, of a destructive part of him," Naouri told AFP.
"So I just do what I'm created for. I do evil."
Naouri has played the role in Jacques Offenbach's masterpiece for nearly 20 years, including at other major opera houses, but this is his first Hoffmann in New York.
Hoffmann is actually Naouri's second turn at the Met following a 2012 stint in "Madame Butterfly."
Even before the current run, there had been plans for him to return in future New York productions of "Romeo and Juliet" and Massenet’s "Cendrillon" in secondary parts.
But the positive feedback has lifted the odds that more prominent roles will come in the Big Apple. The New York Times praised Naouri's "robust voice and consummate French style" in the part.
"I'm happy because they're speaking of other stuff, so I'm waiting," said Naouri, who turned 50 last year.
"It was a dream since I started. It took a long time, so I'm happy it was not just a one-shot thing."
- Finding his voice -
A Paris native, Naouri studied engineering in university, but decided to give singing a try in his early 20s. A breakthrough came when he was picked at age 25 by the Centre National d'Insertion Professionnelle des Artistes Lyriques in Marseille to train and tour in a production of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte."
The shows landed Naouri an agent, which helped him launch his professional career while completing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Naouri's obvious stage charisma communicates a natural flair for theater, but learning to harness his voice proved a challenge.
"It is not a typical lyrical baritone voice," he said of his instrument. "It took me awhile to find the whereabouts of it."
"With the years, I've sort of come around to it," he said. "I sort of know the ins and outs and know how to find my way through it."
In Hoffmann, Naouri's villainy ranges from the farcical to the menacing, as when his character brainwashes a sickly young woman to sing herself to death in the opera's tragic second act. The scene includes a stirring trio with Hoffmann and the girl's father led by a muscular-voiced Naouri, in this incarnation called "Dr. Miracle."
"It's one of my favorite roles because it opened me many houses," Naouri said of Hoffmann. "I love the role."
Other prominent parts include the toreador Escamillo in "Carmen" and Germont in "La Traviata."
Particular favorite roles include the count in Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro," and the title part in "Falstaff," Verdi's final opera.
The dark hues of Naouri's voice and his tall frame can make him a candidate for other bad guys, such as Iago in "Otello," another juicy part he has played.
"The one thing I would not like to be characterized as is the 'Monsieur French specialist' because basically I love to sing in all languages," he said.
Naouri is married to the prominent soprano Natalie Dessay and the two sometimes sing together in concerts. Dessay still sings in recitals, but retired from opera performances in 2013 after starring turns at the Met and other big houses.
"I was too slow," he said. "I would have loved to do things with her here."
Source: AFP

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today french baritone naouri earns us acclaim Arab Today, arab today french baritone naouri earns us acclaim

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017

GMT 06:15 2017 Monday ,27 February

Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017
Arab Today, arab today As Olympics loom, China plunges into snow biz

GMT 10:08 2017 Tuesday ,28 February

As Olympics loom, China plunges into snow biz
Arab Today, arab today Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career

GMT 06:07 2017 Monday ,27 February

Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career
Arab Today, arab today UN envoy sets out framework

GMT 07:25 2017 Monday ,27 February

UN envoy sets out framework
Arab Today, arab today Kalam Nawaem made a difference in social issues

GMT 06:43 2017 Tuesday ,28 February

Kalam Nawaem made a difference in social issues

GMT 12:37 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Rio's evangelical mayor skips wild carnival start

GMT 09:56 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Solar-powered cinema opens in Burkina ahead of festival

GMT 07:46 2017 Friday ,24 February

UN likely to vote next week on Syria sanctions

GMT 04:10 2017 Friday ,24 February

Saidani to open new art exhibition on 20 March

GMT 11:31 2017 Thursday ,23 February

In hit film, Poland revisits its sexual revolution

GMT 13:14 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Artist to hatch chicks after being locked in rock

GMT 17:13 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

British Museum trains specialists on renovating areas
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار ثقافة
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Parliament considers solutions to overpopulation

GMT 20:27 2017 Monday ,27 February

Parliament considers solutions to overpopulation
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Aspires present the story of Egypt’s first president

GMT 06:18 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Aspires present the story of Egypt’s first president
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 06:42 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Reasons for the delay 'On the Stairs of Servants'

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 10:51 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Pigs with edited genes show resistance

GMT 18:28 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Tourist guide explains types of tourism

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 06:28 2017 Tuesday ,28 February

Dumbphones survive rise of the smartphone

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday