Edwin Crossley-Mercer

Bass-Baritone

Biography

In the new generation of French singers, baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer is proving himself an outstanding talent, already performing on prestigious international stages. After studying in Versailles and Berlin, he made his opera debut as Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Berlin in 2006, reprising the eponymous role in 2013 in Dijon.

In 2009 he sang in Cosi fan tutte at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Guglielmo. 2010 marked his Opéra Bastille debut in Ariadne auf Naxos, which he reprised in 2015. He also performed La Juive in Amsterdam, Amadis at the Opéra d’Avignon (Florestan), La Cenerentola at the Opéra National du Rhin (Dandini), Hippolyte et Aricie at the Beaune Festival and Opéra Royale de Versailles (Thésée), and at the Theatre de Champs-Elysées in Castor et Pollux (Pollux). In the Berlin operas, he has performed La Bohème (Schaunard), Der Freischütz, Doktor Faustus under Daniel Barenboim.

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Reviews

“En distinction de chant, en précision d’expression, en simple beauté de voix, le jeune Edwin Crossley-Mercer nous fait renouer avec la grande école des barytons français, un souvenir du premier Gérard Souzay passe dans ce timbre, c’est tout dire.
[Edwin Crossley-Mercer makes us appreciate the great French baritone tradition again with his original singing, precise expression and simple vocal beauty. His timbre reminds us of a young Gérard Souzay; one need say no more.]

Jean-Charles Hoffelé

Concert Classique

“Son Don Ramiro a de l’allure, tout comme le Dandini remarquable d’Edwin Crossley-Mercer, qui fait une démonstration de grande classe: vocalises parfaites, port stylé…
[His Don Ramiro has the perfect look, just like Edwin Crossley Mercer’s remarkable Dandini, whose performance was a demonstration of pure class with perfect vocals, and excellent style…]

Jean-Luc Macia

Opéra Magazine