«An outstanding singer: how can you better define Marc Mauillon ?» (Michel Parouty, Opéra Magazine 02/2017)
With the extent of his repertoire, his unique tone and his chiseled diction, Marc Mauillon occupies a very personal place on today’s lyrical scene. Sometimes a baritone, sometimes a tenor, this chameleon adapts his colors to the musics he performs as well as the characters he embodies.
On the opera stage, he can personify a «goofy» character (Papageno, Bobinet from La Vie Parisienne, Mercurio from Orphée aux enfers, The monk of King Arthur by Shirley & Dino, The Husband of Mamelles de Tirésias by Poulenc, Momo from Orfeo by Rossi, Robert le Cochon by M.O. Dupin, Seymour from The Little Shop of Horros), an evil deity (Hatred in Armide by Lully, Tisiphone in Hippolyte et Aricie, Sorceress in Dido & Aeneas), a tragedian (title roles of Egisto by Cavalli, Orfeo by Monteverdi, Pelléas by Debussy, Adonis by Blow, Pélée in Alcione by Marais…) and even a tragedienne (Raulito in Cachafaz by Strasnoy).
In concert, he sings some airs de cour (Lambert, Charpentier, Bacilly…), French motets (Charpentier, Lully, Rameau, Desmarest, Campra, Couperin), Italian madrigals (Monteverdi, Gesualdo), sacred or secular cantatas (Bach, Haendel, Vivaldi, Telemann, Monteclair, Clérambault), as well as medieval or Renaissance music programs.
He has been working with conductors such as W. Christie (he is the laureate of the first Jardin des Voix in 2002), M. Minkowski, R. Pichon, C. Rousset, A. Altinoglu, J. Savall, V. Dumestre, H. Niquet, E. Haïm, L. Campellone, M. Pascal, G. Jourdain, K. Karabits, L.Langrée… and stage directors such as L. Hemleb, D. Warner, B. Lazar, I. Alexandre, R. Carsen, J. Mijnssen, B. Twist, V. Lesort & C. Hecq…
Recitals and chamber music are central in his career : he has performed Machaut with Pierre Hamon, Vivabiancaluna Biffi and Angélique Mauillon, Poulenc/Eluard with Guillaume Coppola, « Les musiciens de la Grande Guerre » or « Fauré et ses poètes » with Anne Le Bozec, Peri and Caccini with Angélique Mauillon. Recently, he sang the Leçons de Ténèbres by Lambert (released by Harmonia Mundi in 2018) with Myriam Rignol, Thibaut Roussel and Marouan Mankar-Bennis. In his programmes he has always reflected on the link between music, poetry and vocality. In 2016, he creates Songline, a monodic a capella recital,in which music, motion and light intertwine. A new album « Je m’abandonne à vous », devoted to the poetry of the Comtesse de la Suze with Angélique Mauillon and Myriam Rignol was released in june 2021 with Harmonia Mundi.
During the season 2023-2024, he embodies Monostatos in The Magic Flute (F.X. Roth/C. Klapisch) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, as well as Compiègne and Tourcoing – where he also resume his rôle of Sander dans Zémire et Azor (L. Langrée/M. Fau), as well as Oronte in Médée (W. Christie/M. Lambert le Bihan). He also resumes the role of Bobinet in La Vie Parisienne (R. Dumas/C. Lacroix) at the Opéra de Montpellier, et embodies the title-roles in Orphée aux Enfers (Minkowski, concert version) at the Hamburg ElbPhilharmonie and in Pelléas et Mélisande (L. Hussain/E. Ruf) at Opéra National du Capitole, and in Orfeo de Monteverdi (J. Savall/P. Bayle) at the Opéra de Versailles. He also performs with the Taïpei Singers, les Arts Florissants, La Guilde des mercenaires, Gli Angeli et Angélique Mauillon for several concerts and recitals.
Regularly invited to give master-classes, internships and training courses in France and abroad, Marc Mauillon has been teaching the interpretation of secular medieval music at the Sorbonne (Master d’Interprétation des Musiques Anciennes) since 2018, after having been a singing teacher at Pôle Sup’93 (Aubervilliers La Courneuve) from 2014 to 2018.