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François-Nicolas Geslot

François-Nicolas Geslot studied singing with Arrigo Pola in Italy with the aid of a grant from the Ministry of the Arts in France. In 1992 he joined the opera school at the Paris Opera Bastille where he worked with Anna Maria Bondi.

After starting his career by singingthe Chevalier de la Force from the “Dialogues des Carmélites” by Poulenc at the Palais Garnier and a third Jew in “Salome” at the Opera Bastille, he became a member of the Opéra Comique in Paris. Soon he is singing in many operas in France and abroad; Paolino in “Matrimonio Segreto”, “La Finta Semplice”, ”Don Giovanni”, “Così fan tutte”, “Les Contes d’Hoffmann”, “Parsifal”, “Ariadne auf Naxos”, “Manon”, “La Belle Hélène”, “Carmen”, “L’Etoile”, “Platée”, “Turandot”, Husband in “Les Mamelles de Tirésias” and many others.

François-Nicolas Geslot has sung at the Opéra Bastille, Palais Garnier, Opéra Comique, Théâatre des Champs-Elysées and the Châtelet in Paris, Hamburg Opera, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the opera houses of Ghent and Anvers, the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Cremona Opera, Radio France, Maggio Fiorentino and many festivals.

His passion for baroque music brought him work as a “haut-contre” with different companies such as William Christie’s Les Arts Florissants, Il Seminario Musicale, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Poème Harmonique, La Simphonie du Marais, La Fenice, Le Parlement de Musique, Les Agrémens, and the group Elyma conducted by Gabriele Garrrido.

He has recorded the “Waisenhausmesse” (Mozart), Motets (Saint-Saëns), “Te Deum” (Charpentier) with the Parlement de Musique and Jean Tubery, “Grands Motets” (Desmarest) and “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme” (Lully) with La Simphonie du Marais, Daphnis from “Daphnis et Chloé” (Boismortier) with Hervé Niquet, “The St Matthew Passion” (Telemann) with Wieland Kuijken, Jason from “Medée” (Charpentier) and “Le Bourgeois Gentillhomme” (Lully) on DVD, “Amadis” (Lully) and “La Naissance d’Osiris” (Rameau) with Hugo Reyne and “Le Martyre des Maccabées” (Pietro Torri) with Jean Tubéry. He has just recorded the “Missa Assumpta Est” (Charpentier) with Hervé Niquet for Glossa.

He sang Le Soleil in a new production of “Phaeton” (Lully) at Saarbrücken Opera, conducted by George Petrou, directed by Christopher Aldon. He participated in “Psyché” (Lully) at the Grand Theatre de Reims, in the “Grands Motets” by Delalande, Bernier and Campra conducted by Guy Van Waas in Belgium and Versailles (France), and also in the Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Lully) at the Teatro del Canal in Madrid. He sings regularly at the Konzerthaus in Vienna.

Most recently, François-Nicolas Geslot sings “Platée” again, with great success, in Bremerhaven in Germany, presents works by Mondonville with the ensemble Orféo conducted by Françoise Richard, records a disc of ‘airs de cours’ by Michel Lambert with the ensemble Il Festino, takes part in the Radio France Festival singing motets of Gilles and Blanchard, and records the same programme with the ensemble Les Passions. Then he records his first solo disc with the ‘grands airs de haute-contre’ with the ensemble Antiphona, conducted by Rolandas Muleika.