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As a teenager countertenor Christophe Dumaux took part in masterclasses with Noëlle Barker and James Bowman and then studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In July 2002, aged 22 Christophe Dumaux debuted the role of Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo at the Festival de Radio France, Montpellier. The production, conducted by René Jacobs, then went to the Innsbruck Festival and the Berlin Staatsoper. A recording with Harmonia Mundi was released in 2003.  He has since been invited internationally for opera and concert engagements at major houses and festivals -  the Metropolitan New York, Glyndebourne  Festival , the Paris Opera ,Theater an der Wien, Chicago, the Santa Fe Festival, the Berlin Staatsoper, Salzburger Festspiele, Brussels and Zurich. Engagements include Tamerlano (Spoleto Festival USA); La Calisto (Luxembourg); Eliogabalo (La Monnaie in Brussels); Sosarme (Saint Gallen); Orlando (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris), Ottone, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Glyndebourne, Paris, Geneva, Madrid); Ottone, Agrippina (Santa Fe); Unulfo, Rodelinda (Metropolitan Opera, Dallas); Tolomeo (Paris, Glyndebourne, Pittsburg, Barbican, Vienna, Chicago, Madrid); Armindo, Agrippina (Copenhagen); Giasone (Vlaamse Opera); Fernando, Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena (Amsterdam), Hamor, Jephta (Theater an der Wien), Britten&rsquo

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As a teenager countertenor Christophe Dumaux took part in masterclasses with Noëlle Barker and James Bowman and then studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In July 2002, aged 22 Christophe Dumaux debuted the role of Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo at the Festival de Radio France, Montpellier. The production, conducted by René Jacobs, then went to the Innsbruck Festival and the Berlin Staatsoper. A recording with Harmonia Mundi was released in 2003.  He has since been invited internationally for opera and concert engagements at major houses and festivals -  the Metropolitan New York, Glyndebourne  Festival , the Paris Opera ,Theater an der Wien, Chicago, the Santa Fe Festival, the Berlin Staatsoper, Salzburger Festspiele, Brussels and Zurich.

Engagements include Tamerlano (Spoleto Festival USA); La Calisto (Luxembourg); Eliogabalo (La Monnaie in Brussels); Sosarme (Saint Gallen); Orlando (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris), Ottone, L’incoronazione di Poppea (Glyndebourne, Paris, Geneva, Madrid); Ottone, Agrippina (Santa Fe); Unulfo, Rodelinda (Metropolitan Opera, Dallas); Tolomeo (Paris, Glyndebourne, Pittsburg, Barbican, Vienna, Chicago, Madrid); Armindo, Agrippina (Copenhagen); Giasone (Vlaamse Opera); Fernando, Don Chisciotte in Sierra Morena (Amsterdam), Hamor, Jephta (Theater an der Wien), Britten’s Death in Venice (Theater an der Wien).

In 2011, Christophe Dumaux returned to the Paris Opera for two new productions, Akhmatova by Bruno Mantovani and Giulio Cesare (Tolomeo).  The same year marked his debut in the title role of both Giulio Cesare at the Château de Versailles and of Rinaldo at Glyndebourne Festival Opera. The critics were outstanding for both productions. 2012 marked his debut at the Salzburg Festival in a new production of Giulio Cesare and his debut at the Opernhaus Zurich.

In 2013, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera where his singing and acting were hailed by public and critics alike.  The performance was seen live via a live global Cinecast. He returned to both Paris and Zurich Operas and this autumn he sang in Peter Sellar’s new production of the Indian Queen in Madrid and Perm Russia. 
Summer 2014 will see him debut first his Mozartian role, Farnace, in a new production of Mitridate at the Drottningholm Festival Stockholm. 

Recent concerts have brought him to the Salle Pleyel on two occasions, for Semele and Giulio Cesare, both with Cecila Bartoli.  He gave a solo recital with the Moscow Soloists and with the famous Freiburger Barockorchester, and made his debut at the renowned Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam.  This season he has concerts at the Theatre des Champs Elysées Paris with Jean Claude Malgoire and he returns next autumn for a recital alongside Nathalie Dessay.

Dumaux has recorded a CD of Bach arias, released by Ambroisie/ Naïve and a CD with Harmonia Mundi of Pergolesi’s Septem verba a Christ, conducted by René Jacobs.  His DVD productions include Giulio Cesare from the Glyndebourne Festival and from the Paris Opera, Il Giasone from De Vlaamse Oper, Partenope, Copenhagen Opera.

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"The French countertenor Christophe Dumaux steals every scene he is in as the calculating Ptolemy. His voice is bright, clear and strong. Tall, trim and athletic, he is a natural onstage. In one taunting aria, he executes a full body flip as easily as tossing off a trill. "

Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

"A better name for this production might be “Tolomeo,” given Christophe Dumaux’s electrifying performance as that villain. His lean, tangy countertenor whizzed through coloratura as nimbly as he pranced though choreographer Andrew George’s martial arts moves."

James Jorden, New York Post

"Christophe Dumaux, […] plays Cleopatra’s brother Ptolemy as an uproarious early Hollywood villain, complete with waxed mustache, but sings with total commitment."

Justin Davidson, New York Magazine

"Christophe Dumaux was a hoot, a countertenor secure and audible across the vocal range, bouncing about the stage with an acrobat’s skill and a comedian’s timing."

Susan Elliott, Musical America

"He not only sang his tricky arias with fresh, even tone and immaculate technique, he also acted up a storm, making this lascivious villain into a comic delight. Dumaux managed to steal just about every scene he was in — even dashing off a somersault at one point in his exuberance."

Mike Silverman, Associated Press

"Nous attendions avec gourmandise les débuts de Christophe Dumaux dans le rôle-tire, lui qui est déjà le meilleur Tolomeo de ces dernières années. Registres contrastés mais unis, chant incisif et constamment expressif, aisance dans la vocalise comme dans l’élégie, trilles…voici peut-être le Cesare le mieux chantant que nous ayons jamais entendu. Ajoutez à cela une aisance scénique telle qu’on le croirait né sur les planches, et ce qu’il nous offre se résume en deux mots : admirable et exemplaire !
[Because he has been the best Ptolemy of the last few years, we greatly anticipated Christophe Dumaux’s debut in the title-role. His registers differ but are united, his singing is incisive and constantly expressive and he performs vocally with ease, whether he sings elegies or trills… We have most probably never heard a better-singing Cesare. With that, he has an incredible ease on stage, so much so that he could have been born on it. All in all, what he offers can be summarized in two words: brilliant and exemplary!] "

Opéra Magazine

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