I GEMELLI - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro is one of the most prominent tenor of his generation, especially in the Baroque repertoire.

During the 2017-2018 season, he performs as Lenia (Eliogabalo by Cavalli), at the Amsterdam Opera ; Arnalta (L'incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi), at the Zurich Opera ; the title role of Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (Boismortier), in France and in Malte, with the Concert Spirituel of Hervé Niquet. He participates to the Franco-Luxembourg tour around Bach's Magnifcat and Haendel 's Dixit Dominus, with Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm, he participates to the Matthaus Passion European tour with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowki, sings the role of Mercurio (La concordia de’ pianeti by Caldara) with La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, as well as several programms with Les Talens Lyriques (Lully's Alceste, Campra's Requiem and Charpentier's Noël). He also records Vivaldi's Il Giustino, with the Accademia Bizantina under the baton of Ottavio Dantone.

This season also saw the birth of his ensemble I Gemelli, specializing in the music of Seicento. The Ensemble’s first album, “The Monteverdi Tenor”, will be released under the Erato label. The first concerts of the ensemble will take place in Neuilly and Geneva.

Among his last stage engagements we can quote his debut at the Opéra de Paris, in the role of Lenia (Eliogabalo), an European tour with Mozart's Il Re Pastore, directed by William Christie, with Rolando Villazon and the Arts Florissants, the role of Torquemada (L'Heure espagnole by Ravel), with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, Eurimaco (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria by Monteverdi), at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Opéra de Dijon or the title role of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, with the Accademia Bizantina, at the “Monteverdi Festival” in Cremona.

Solicited by several orchestras and ensembles, besides the Concert Spirituel, the Musiciens du Louvre, and the Concert d'Astrée, he also recently sang with the ensembl Pygmalion in an European tour (directed by Raphaël Pichon) for the Vespro della Beata Vergine (Monteverdi); with Cappella Mediterranea (directed by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon) for the programs Amore Siciliano and Carmina Latina; with Le Poème Harmonique of Vincent Dumestre for Selva Morale e spirituale (Monteverdi) in Perm and Cracovia; with La Cetra – Barockorchester Basel (directed by Andrea Marcon) for Catone in Utica (Vivaldi) in Bâle and Amsterdam; with the Talens lyriques of Christophe Rousset, for the role of Artémidore (Armide by Gluck) at the Philharmonie de Paris and at Teater an der Wien; with the Gulbenkian Orchestra for the Messiah (Haendel) in Lisbon and Barcelona; or with Christina Pluhar 's Arpeggiata Ensemble, for the program “Orfeo Chaman”.

Moreover, we also heard him singing with the Orchestre national d'Ile de France, the Orchestre national des Pays de la Loire, the Choeur de Chambre de Namur, the Cris de Paris, the Amarillis Ensemble, the Pulcinella Ensemble, or the Limoges Baroque Ensemble.

At the opera, he performed the title-role of Platée at the Opéra national du Rhin, with Les Talens Lyriques; Linfea in La Calisto at the Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich ; Lalla Roukh in Washington and New York with the Opera Lafayette; Arnalta in L'incoronazione di Poppea, in Amsterdam, Oslo, Lille, and Dijon ; the title-roles of Dardanus and Phaëton, Piquillo in La Périchole at the Lausanne Opera; Farnace at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Opéra national du Rhin, Amsterdam, Oldenburg, and Lausanne ; Iro in Elena in the Aix-en-Provence production (directed by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon); the Comte of Comminges in Le Pré-aux-Clercs, at the Opéra comique de Paris and at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon ; the High Priest in Idomeneo at Opéra de Lille; Eumene in Xerse by Cavalli in Lille, Caen, Vienne (Austria) (directed by Emmanuelle Haïm) ; or also Gastone in La Traviata at the Festspielhaus of Baden-Baden.

Born in Geneva from chilean parents, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro is surrounded by latinamerican culture. Early, he joined the Geneva's Conservatoire populaire « Les PUERI », with which he makes his debut on the Grand Téâtre stage. After studying the oboe in Geneva and Lausanne (he graduates with a 1st prize, congratulated by the jury), he devoted himself to singing, studying frst with Marga Liskutin in Geneva, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson in London, then with Ruben Amoretti in Neuchâtel. He also perfected next to Christiane Stutzmann, in Nancy (France).

He made his debut with pieces like Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Masses, Haendel's Messiah, Monteverdi's Vespers or Bach's B minor Mass, Christmas oratorio and Passions, conducted by Michel Corboz among Lausanne's vocal ensemble. He was therefore invited by several festivals as La Chaise-Dieu, Noirlac, Beaune, Ambronay, les Folles Journées de Nantes (France), Utrecht (Netherlands), Granada (Spain), et Lisboa (Portugal).

In his discography, we can find many records with Les Talens Lyriques of Christophe Rousset : La Capricciosa Coretta and Il Tutore Burlato (Martin y Soler), Roland and Phaëton (Lully), Il Califo di Bagdad (M. Garcia), Hercule Mourant (Dauvergne). Furthermore, we can quote records of Les Grands Motets (Lully) with le Concert Spirituel, Pièces pour orgue et voix by César Frank with Les Solistes de Lyon, Farnace (role of Aquilo) with I Barrochisti (dir D. Fasolis), the Bach’s Missa Brevis, BWV 234- 235 and BWV 233-236, and B minor Mass, with the Pygmalion Ensemble, a selection of arias by Bach with the Pulcinella Ensemble, Memento Mori with the Cris de Paris, Le Magnifique, Lalla Rouckh with Opera Lafayette, the Vespers (Monteverdi) with the Orlando Fribourg Ensemble, and also with the Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar, and DVDs of L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Opéra de Lille and Elena in the Aix-en-Provence production.

In 2016 were released Te Recuerdo, (in memory of the “New Chilean song Movement” of the 1970's), recorded with his father, Pancho Gonzalez and the great Rolando Villazon and Ophélie Gaillard, and also i 7 peccati capitali, (Monteverdi), with Cappella Mediterranea (directed by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon). The album was nominated in the category “Best record of the year” at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2017.

© Michel Novak

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