With his very personal and recognisable voice, french baritenor Marc Mauillon has been exploring 10 centuries of vocal music with insatiable curiosity.
Highlights of this season are his debuts as title-rôles in Debussy’s Pelléas (Malmö Opera, Sweden) and Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Opéra de Dijon, France and Gewandhaus Leipzig, Germany) and will sing Pelée in Marais’ Alcione conducted by J. Savall in the Paris Opera Comique. He also created the staged version of Songline, a monodic itinerary, his a cappella solo recital, which was recorded and released by the label Son an Ero. Another CD came out : Li due Orfei with A. Mauillon presenting early XVIIth century italian monodies from J. Peri and G. Caccini.
Aged 22 he met W. Christie for the 1st edition of his « Jardin des voix » and developed an acknowledged expertise in the baroque repertoire, with, among others, les Arts Florissants, Le Poème Harmonique (V. Dumestre), le Concert d’Astrée (E. Haïm), Le Concert Spirituel (H. Niquet), Les Talens lyriques (C. Rousset), singing Lully (Atys, Armide, Te deum), Rameau (Hippolyte et Aricie, Platée, Grands motets, cantatas), Charpentier (Te deum, David et Jonathas, le Reniement de Saint Pierre, Méditations pour le Carême), Campra (Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, cantatas), Monteverdi (Orfeo, Vespro della beata Vergine), Cavalli (Egisto), Purcell (Dido & Aeneas, King Arthur, Fairy Queen, devotional songs), Lambert or Mondonville in places such as Paris Opéra Comique, Opéra de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Philharmonie de Paris, Berliner Philhamonie, Theater an der Wien, Wiener Festwochen, De National Opera Amsterdam, Bozar Bruxelles, Barbican London, BAM and Lincoln Center in New-York, Edinburgh Festival, Salzburger Festival, Utrecht Festival… Several productions gave rise to DVDs and CDs.
He also started since 2005 to work with P. Hamon, V. Biffi and A. Mauillon on Machaut’s secular music, especially recording and performing very long monodic lays (L’Amoureus Tourment 2006, Le Remède de Fortune 2009 and Mon chant vous envoy 2013), and shedding a new light on this music. It led him to meet J. Savall and M. Figueras and join Hesperion XXI for many concerts and recordings (Jerusalem, La tragédie Cathare, Borgia Dynasty, Bal-kan, Erasmus of Rotterdam).
As a « more traditional » opera performer, he sang Mozart (Papageno and Guglielmo), Poulenc (Les Mamelles de Tirésias), Ravel (l’Enfant les sortilèges), Offenbach (La vie Parisienne, Orphée aux enfers, Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Britten (Let’s make an opera), Bernstein (Trouble in Tahiti), Eötvos (Le Balcon), Sahaariao (l’Amour de loin) and created Strasnoy’s Cachafaz and Dupin’s Robert le Cochon
His recital repertoire shows the same diversity: he recorded with pianists A. Le Bozec and G. Coppola french mélodies and Lieder, and regularly performs early music with harpist A. Mauillon (his sister) small instrumental groups, or solo a cappella.
Many music schools invited him to teach master-classes about medieval, baroque or french music, in France and abroad (Moscow, Minsk, Basel, Santander…) and since 2014 he’s a teacher in Pôle Supérieur 93 (Aubervilliers).