Marcos Pujol, teacher

The spanish-german bass-baritone Marcos Pujol studied with Patricia Kern at the University of Toronto where he obtained a B. Mus. Performance with Honours and an Artist Diploma in Operatic Performance. After graduating, he pursued his studies at Tanglewood, Banff, Ravinia, and Chautauqua and was a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s young artist programme where he debuted in La Calisto, Dialogues des Carmélites, and Gianni Schicchi.  Thanks to a grant from the Canadian Arts Council, he worked privately with Dalton Baldwin and Marlena Malas in New York and with John Greer and Patricia Kern in Toronto. Marcos moved to France where the Paris National Opera invited him to join their young artists programme, the Studio Lyrique. There he worked closely with Janine Reiss, Mary Dibbern, Antoine Palloc, Robert Kettelson and others, and sang Leporello (Don Giovanni) in a Dominique Pitoiset production under the baton of Martin Isepp and Pausanias (Une education manquée) staged by Jean-Louis Martin-Barbaz.

He made his european debut in the role of Isménor in Rameau’s Dardanus touring with Les Musiciens du Louvre under the baton of Marc Minkowski. Other roles with this ensemble followed, most notably Seneca in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea directed by Pascal Paul-Harang, and Satyre / Cithéron touring Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Rameau’s Platée.  With other companies, roles on the opera stage include Adonis (Blow’s Venus and Adonis) with Canada’s Opera Atelier, Plutone (l'Orfeo) at the Aldeburgh Festival directed by Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Cithéron and le Satyre in the Mark Morris Dance Group’s production of Platée conducted by Nicholas McGeggan, La Vengeance in Rameau’s Zoroastre with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie at BAM in New York, Oreste in Demarest’s Iphigénie en Tauride with Les Paladins under Jérôme Correas in Versailles, the bass roles in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen conducted by Xavier Delette with the theatre troupe Cie. 

Les Pieds dans l’eau, Sprecher (Die Zauberflöte) at the Opéra de Dijon under Guy Condette, Leporello (Don Giovanni) at the Dartington Festival, Zuniga (Carmen) at the Opéra de Tours conducted by Jean-Yves Ossonces, Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de Perles) in Nîmes conducted by Sébastien Rouland, der Haushofmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos in Toulon and Limoges in a mise-en-scène of Mireille Laroche, and the jeune matelot in Martinu’s Juliette at the Opéra de Paris conducted by par Marc Albrecht in the acclaimed Richard Jones production.

Marcos Pujol has created roles in several new works : The Envoy in Peter Eötvös’ opera Le Balcon at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in a Stanislas Nordey production conducted by the composer, reprised by the Nederlandse Opera and the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse; Kreiderman in Red Emma by Gary Kulesha at the Canadian Opera Co. under Gary Wedow and directed by David William; “the singer” in Le Jour d’Après choregraphed by Susan Buirges to music by Patrick Marcland with the MaToMa dance company at the Arsenal in Metz and on tour in France and Switzerland; and the role of the poet in Drôles d’Oiseaux, by Stephane Leach on texts of Jacques Prévert staged by Jean-Daniel Daval at the Théâtre Montansier, Versailles. In 2008 he sang the premiere of Frank Nuyts’ The Abduction of the East for bass and chamber ensemble with the Spectra Ensemble conducted by Filip Rathé.