In the young generation of French singers, Edwin Crossley-Mercer is an outstanding baritone discovery. He has already played in some of the most distinguished opera houses in Europe:
After having attended the Conservatory in the French town of Clermont-Ferrand, he went on to the ‘Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles’ and thence to Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and with Cesare Colona.
In 2007 he was an HSBC foundation award winner at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and won the 1st prize as best singer at the Lili and Nadia Boulanger International Voice Competition, Paris.
In March 2006, he took on the title role in Don Giovanni produced in Berlin, a role he also sang at the Dijon Opera last season in 2013. In March of the same year, he made his debut at the ‘Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden’, in Der Freischütz by Weber and in Doktor Faust by Feruccio Busoni conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
July 2009 marked his appearance at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as Guglielmo in Cosi Fan Tutte under the baton of Christophe Rousset.
In the course of the 2009-2010 season his venues included the DNO in Amsterdam (in La Juive by Fromental Halevy) and the Opéra Comique in Paris (in Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz). He also appeared as Schaunard in La Bohème at the Komische Oper in Berlin. In the 2010-2011 season he made his Paris Opera stage debut by appearing as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss at the Opéra Bastille, where he was already re-engaged for roles in future seasons in Arabella, The Merry Widow, Carmen and Die Zauberflöte.
Edwin Crossley-Mercer has also numerous baroque repertoire performances throughout Europe and the USA to his credit. In the course of this season he played the role of Florestan in Amadis by Jean Baptiste Lully at the Opéra d’Avignon and the Opéra de Massy as well as Thésée from Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau at the Beaune festival and has been performing the same part in the Royal Opéra de Versailles in February 2013.
It was also under Olivier Schneebeli’s baton that Edwin Crossley-Mercer has performed in two recordings on the K617 label: Les Motets by Charpentier and Arias and opera extracts written by Lully. In addition to the opera, Edwin performs consistently as a recitalist in venues such as Dom Musiki in Moscow, Aix-en-Provence, the Opéra de Lille, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (Die Winterreise and Die Schöne Magelone), Saint Petersburg festival, Bayreuth, the Louvre Auditorium, Bad Kissingen and the Festival de Colmar and lately premiered the Carmina Catulli by Michael Linton at the Carnegie Hall in New-york. The recording shall be released next fall.
He appeared in Munich with the Bayerischer Rundfunkorchester (Munich Radio Orchestra. He sang the baritone solos in Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” (Berlin Rundfunkchor – Hamburger Festspiele) and Faurés Requiem (Radio France & ONF – Paris).
In the course of the 2012-2013 season Mr. Crossley-Mercer performed a world premiere opera by Fénelon at the Grand Theatre de Genève in the part of Jean Jacques Rousseau in the world premiere of the opera JJR citoyen de Genève by Philippe Fénelon, staged by Robert Carsen. He sang Figaro in Le Nozze de Figaro accompanied by the LA Philharmonic Orchestra and under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, staging by Christopher Alden.
He also performed the roles of Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Opéra National du Rhin, Jupiter in Platée by J.P. Rameau at the Theater an der Wien, the Lincoln Center (New-York) and the Opera comique as the bass part in Messiah by Handel, also at the Theater an der Wien (Vienna).
Future projects include Leporello in Don Giovanni at Glyndebourne Festival, Papageno in a new production of The Magic Flute at the Opéra national de Paris as well as Harlekin in Aridane auf Naxos and Pollux in the French baroque opera Castor et Pollux by Jean Philippe Rameau at the Theatre de Champs Elysées in Paris.