Nominated in the category « Révélation lyrique de l'Année » at the Victoires de La Musique Classique Awards 2011, French Baritone Alexandre Duhamel is presumed to be one of the most interesting new French singers at the moment, He studied at the Paris National Conservatoire and was a member of the Opera de Paris Young Artist Programme. He was awarded ‘Le Prix Lyrique du Cercle Carpeaux’ and ‘Le Prix de Association pour le rayonnement de l'Opéra National de Paris’, which both reward the most noticeable young singer during a season.
Alexandre made his debut at the Opera national de Paris in GIANNI SCHICCHI and returned for L’HORLOGE ET LE CHAT, L‘ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES, Jake Wallace LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, Masetto DON GIOVANNI, Mordred LE ROI ARTHUS, Cithéron PLATÉE.
The new season 2019/20 will bring him back to Opéra National de Paris to sing Alvar and Huascar in LES INDES GALANTES. At Grand Théâtre de Genève he will sing Le Comte de Nevers in LES HUGUENOTS, followed by L’ENFACE DU CHRIST in Lyon. Despite that, he will return to Opéra National de Bordeaux to sing Don Alfonso in COSI FAN TUTTE as well as DON GIOVANNI.
Recent engagements include Thoas in IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paolo in SIMON BOCCANEGRA for Opéra de Marseille, Zurga in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES for Opéra de Nice, as well as Lescaut in MANON and Le Vice-roi in LA PÉRICHOLE for Opéra National de Bordeaux. At Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne.he sang Escamillo in Bizet’s CARMEN.
Other highlights in his young career include Panthée in LES TROYENS at Teatro alla Scala, Zurga in LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES in Salle Pleyel Concert Series alongside Roberto Alagna and Nino Machaidze, Le Vice-roi in LA PÉRICHOLE at Salzburg Festival, Golaud in PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Guglielmo in COSÌ FAN TUTTE at Toulon Opera, as well as Le Grand-Prêtre in SAMSON ET DALILA, Sancho in DON QUIXOTTE, Paolo in SIMON BOCCANEGRA all for Opéra National de Bordeaux. At Opéra National de Lyon he sang Le Grand-Prêtre in ALCESTE, Ramiro in L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE at Stuttgart Liederhalle and Munich's Prinzregententheater. Besides that, he debuted Der Herrufer in LOHENGRIN at Montpellier National Opéra, Albert in WERTHER in Metz and Reims, Harasta in THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN at Glyndebourne Festival, Mercutio in ROMÉO ET JULIETTE for Avignon Opéra, Ping in TURANDOT at Opéra de Nice, Leporello in DON GIOVANNI at Besançon Opéra as well as Belcore in L’ELISIR D’AMORE at Festival des Nuits Musicales de la Sainte Victoire.
During his young career, he already worked with conductors such as Michel Plasson, Sir Antonio Pappano, Marc Minkowski, Philippe Jordan, Carlo Rizzi, Alain Altinoglu, or Jakub Hrůša.
In concert, he has performed at the BBC Proms (POUR LES FUNÉRAILLES D’UN SOLDAT, L. Boulanger), at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, in the 40th Anniversary concert of the Théâtre Antique d’Orange and has given recitals at Amphithéâtre and Studio Bastille, the Corum de Montpellier for the Festival Radio France, and at the Opera de Bordeaux. He made his US debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Ludovic Morlot for L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES. His concert repertoire includes Fauré’s REQUIEM, Puccini’s MESSA DI GLORIA, Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE, Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO.9, Berlioz’s L’ENFACE DU CHRIST and Debussy’s L’ENFANT PRODIGUE. He has recorded Ramiro in Ravel’s L’HEURE ESPAGNOLE with Stéphane Denève and Asher Fisch.