Conductor specialized in the French orchestral repertoire, Alain Paris conducted about sixty orchestras in more than twenty countries all over the world. Since several years, he has been working regularly and thoroughly with various orchestras anxious to develop their knowledge of French music : St Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (since 1993), Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Ankara (1998-2000 and since 2005), Athens State Orchestra (since 2002).
Born in Paris in 1947, he was trained both in music and law, studying conducting with Pierre Dervaux, Paul Paray and Georg Solti. He won 1st prize in the Besançon International Competition for Conductors in 1968 and was appointed assistant conductor to Michel Plasson at the Capitole Theatre and Orchestra in Toulouse. While conducting the main French orchestras (Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, orchestras of Lyon, Bordeaux, Lille, Angers, Ile-de-France, Strasbourg, Lorraine, Picardie, Cannes), he developped an international career specially in Italy and Switzerland. From 1983 to 1987, he was Permanent conductor at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, and from 1986 to 1989, he taught conducting at the Strasbourg Conservatory. He holds master classes abroad.
In recent years, his career mainly developped outside France : concerts and master classes in Switzerland, Germany (Karlsruhe and Dresden) n (Granada), Slovakia (Slovak Philharmonic and Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra), Hungary, Estonia, Romania (George Enescu Philharmonic, particularly Turangalila Symphonie by Messiaen in 2004), Vienna, Portugal. His participation in Hongkong French May to conduct La Vie Parisienne by Offenbach, in 1996, was received as a major event.
During the forthcoming seasons, in addition to the orchestras which he regularly conducts, he will appear in Buenos Aires (Teatro Colón), Switzerland, Finland, Bratislava, Bucharest, Beirut, Spain, Cairo, Istanbul, Mexico, Guangzhou.
Among the soloists he accompagnied, Pierre Amoyal, Jean-Philippe Collard, François-René Duchâble, Hlélène Grimaud, Laurent Korcia, Lily Laskine, Karita Mattila, Waltraud Meier, Dominique Merlet, Ivan Moravec, Gérard Poulet, Gabriel Tacchino, Régis Pasquier.
Producer at Radio France (France Musiques), he also wrote the Dictionnaire des interprètes (Ed. Robert Laffont, Bouquins).
French soprano Isabelle Cals began her career as a mezzo soprano but sang mostly Zwischenfach repertoire from the beginning : among other roles, Giulietta in Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Strasbourg and Graz, Béatrice in Béatrice et Benedict at Le Châtelet in Paris under John Nelson and in Lausanne, Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini with the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Colin Davis, at the Salzburg Festival under Valery Ghergiev, with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and at the Opéra National du Rhin, Marguerite in La Damnation de Faust in Riga, the title-role in Carmen at the Opéra de Lausanne, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande in Bordeaux, Caen and Toulon, Hélène in La Belle Hélène in Metz, Metella (La Vie Parisienne ) at the Opéra de Massy, Concepcion in L'Heure espagnole in Paris (Villette) and Vichy.
Recent engagements include, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni ) at the Radio France Festival, in Maribor and in Metz, theGoverness (The Turn of the Screw ) under Dominique Debart,Armide (Lully) in Houston, La Jalousie in Céphale et Procris by Grétry in Versailles and Liège, La Voix humaine conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Tatiana in Eugene Oneguine at the Opéra de Vichy, Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites ) at the Opéra de Massy, Micaela (Carmen ) at the Hong Kong Opera,Alice Ford (Falstaff ) at the Gulbenkian in Lisbon under Lawrence Foster and at the Opéra de Massy under Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli.
Her extensive symphonic performances include La Demoiselle Elue (under James Conlon in Köln), Berlioz' Roméo et Juliette (Le Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under Sir Colin Davis), Les Nuits d'Eté (with Jean-François Heisser and with the Orchestre du Capitole), Shéhérazade (under François-Xavier Roth and in Valladolid), La Mort de Cléopâtre (in Poitiers and Angoulême under Jean-François Heisser and Claire Levacher), Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher under Antonio Pappano (in Rome, S.Cecilia),Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Opéra de Nice under Philippe Auguin.
She is also heard regularly in recital, recently at the Nagaoka Lyric Hall, the Metz Opera, the Théâtre d'Orleans. Her accompanists include Antoine Palloc, Christian Ivaldi, Jean-Marc Bouget and Jean-François Heisser.
Isabelle Cals has recorded the role of la Jalousie in Céphale et Procris by Grétry conducted by Guy Van Waas (2009), Ascanio in Benvenuto Cellini live with the LSO conducted by Sir Colin Davis (2007), Marguerite in Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher live at the Radio France Festival (2006), Mercedes in Carmen for EMI (2003) under Michel Plasson, Javotte in Manon live at the Paris Opera under Jesus Lopez-Cobos and Myrtale in Thais for Decca (2000) under Yves Abel.
Isabelle Cals began her career at the Centre de formation lyrique of the Opera National de Paris, during which time she represented France at the Cardiff Singer of the World competition. She also holds a Master's degree in Chinese and an advanced degree in international relations.
Séverine Maquaire (mezzo) starts her singing studies in Paris after graduating a Master on XVIIth century venitian librettos. She improves her technic and interpretation with teachers such as Udo Reinemann, Regina Werner and François Le Roux, or roles masters like Umberto Finazzi, Michèle Voisinnet, Philipp Moll, Wolfram Rieger.
She has sung the roles of Cherubino, Oreste, Siebel and, more recently, the Sorceress (Dido and Eneas), Carmen, Miss Quickly and one of the Walkyries. Her interest in performing on stage has led her to the theatrical experience, in Oper- Comique roles like Mazet (La Colombe, Gounod) and Melle de Kerkabon (Le Huron, Grétry), such as in Sophocle’s Electre with the English actress Jane Birkin.
Since late 2007, she has worked several times with the french composer Thierry Pécou, for pieces such as Voix Marines with the Orchestre National de Lorraine or the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen and the Symphonie du Jaguar with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. The recording of this concert has been awarded. In 2013, she collaborate again with him on Watunna, as singer and narrator. Always interested in contemporary music, she works now with the LINKS Ensemble, in Reich’s Music for 18 musicians.
She has been invited to sing many times in chamber music and concert repertoire (Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, El Amor Brujo, Stravinsky’s Noces, Brahm’s Alt-Rhapsodie, Palmieri’s Missa a Buenos Aires, such as Berio’s Folk songs, Pierrot lunaire and several masses and oratorios from Mozart, Pergolesi and Bach). In addition to the French orchestras, she collaborated with the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra in Greece, the Philharmony of Tirgu-Mures, Timisoara and the Radio Orchestra in Romania.
On next spring, she will perform Berlioz’ Nuits d’étés in Greece and Romania.
Born in 1980, Jean Gabriel Saint Martin began his singing career with the Children’s chorus of the Opéra de Paris under the direction of Francis Bardot. This early experience offered invaluable opportunities to participate in numerous concerts in throughout France and on tour, as well as performing in prestigious opera productions, notably at the Opéra Bastille, at the Festival d’Aix en Provence (Die Zauberflöte, Tosca) as chorister and soloist.
Since 1998, Jean Gabriel continued to develop as a young baritone under the guidance of Nicole Fallien. He appeared as a soloist with the Young Chorus of Ile de France also under the direction of Francis Bardot. Concurrently, he received his Master of Law degree in 2003.
Since 2001, Jean Gabriel has been heard in numerous oratorio concerts in Paris and throughout France under the direction of Francis Bardot, Philippe Mazé, Denis Rouger, Rémi Gousseau, Georges Guillard, Stéphane Caillat and Bernard Fabre-Garrus in repertoire ranging from ancient music to twentieth century French. In 2005, he joined the voice programme of the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris pursuing further singing studies with Pierre Mervant among other teachers of note.
Among his opera stage credits, have included the unpublished versions of Bizet’s operas with the Arlequin Quartet, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo) with the Orchestre Pasdeloup. On tour with the Compagnie les Brigands, he appeared in the operetta Ta bouche by Maurice Yvain (Bastien) and at the Théâtre de l'Athénée-Louis Jouvet in La SADMP by Louis Beydts (Henri Morin) and Chonchette by Claude Terrasse (Charles).
In 2007 he sang Papageno Die Zauberflöte under the direction of Francis Bardot at the Opéra de Marseille in a Gala concert and performed the role of the Cat in Maurice Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges on tour in France conducted by François le Roux, Philippe Biros and Jeff Cohen.
In 2008 he took part in numerous productions at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris including Messager’sVéronique (Eugène) staged by Fanny Ardant, The fly by Howard Shore (High Scientist) conducted by Placido Domingo and directed by David Cronenberg. With the Concert d’Astrée under the musical direction of Emmanuelle Haïm, he appeared in Lully’s Thésée at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Opéra de Lille; with the Compagnie Manque Pas d'Airs, of which he is a founding member, he sang the role of Orphée in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Théâtre Mouffetard for 40 performances.
In 2009, he sang Hylas in Pastorale, a contemporary opera by composer Gérard Pesson at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris under the musical direction of Jean-Yves Ossonce with staging by Pierrick Sorin. He also participated in the opera tours of the Ambronay European Academy of Musique which is dedicated to the operas of Mozart, in the roles of Guglielmo and Don Giovanni, conducted by Martin Gester. Most recently, he participated in the production of Dardanus (un phrygien) by Rameau at the Opéra de Lille, in Caen and Dijon with Le Concert d'Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm.
As a member of the Opéra Studio of the Opéra National du Rhin in the 2009/2010 season, he participated in numerous productions including: Richard III by Battistelli (Daniel Klajner, Robert Carsen), Aladin et la lampe merveilleuse by Nino Rota, Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss (Daniel Klajner conducting). He sang the role of the Count Robinson in Il matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa and the baritone solo in Carmina Burana by Carl Orff.
During the 2010/2011 season he sang in Ali Baba and the fourty thieves (Ours-Khan) by Cherubini, Don Pasquale (Dottore Malatesta) by Donizetti and Hamlet (Horatio) by Ambroise Thomas at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg.
Last season began with Agrippina (Lesbo) by Haendel in Lille and Dijon with Le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm. Then Jean-Gabriel Saint Martin with sing among others in La Traviata at the Opéra du Rhin and in L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Opéra de Lyon and at the Festival International d'Aix en Provence.
The current season will see Jean-Gabriel back to the Opéra du Rhin for Die Ferne Klang and Die Zauberflöte, as well as further performances of L’enfant et les sortilèges on tour with the Aix en Provence production andCosi fan tutte with Opera Fuoco under the bâton of David Stern. He will also make his debut at the Paris Opéra in Giulio Cesare (Curio).