French Baritone Victor Sicard was born in La Rochelle. He studied Musicology at Tours University (France) before training at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at the National Opera Studio. Victor’s studies at the NOS were financed by the Royal Opera House. Victor was also a member of Le Jardin des Voix 2013, the young artists’ academy of Les Arts Florissants, under the direction of William Christie.
During his studies at Guildhall School of Music, Victor performed Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Gasparo in Donizetti’s “Rita”, and Herr Fluth in Nicolai’s “Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor”. Other operatic roles include Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte” at the Ryedale Festival, Escamillo in “Carmen” in Narbonne (France) Aeneas in “Dido and Aeneas” at the Festival de Thiré (France) with William Christie, and Dr Falke in “Die Fledermaus” for Linz Opera.
Already in demand on the concert platform, Victor sang Orff’s “Carmina Burana”, Brahms’ “Ein deutsches Requiem”, Fauré’s “Requiem”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle”, Haydn’s “Theresienmesse” and “Nelson Mass”, Schubert’s “Mass in A flat major”, Lallement’s “La Missa Gallica”, Vivaldi’s “Dixit Dominus”, Walton’s “Belshazzar’s Feast”, and Bach’s “St John Passion”, “St Matthew Passion” and “Magnificat”. He has also performed “Cantatas” by Montéclair and Campra at Opéra Comique with William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, and “St John Passion” with Ensemble Aedes under Mathieu Romano.
A keen recitalist, Victor performs regularly throughout Europe and further afield, in venues including Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, France Musique (Paris), and Salle Bourgie (Montréal).
Recent highlights include Charpentier’s “Caecilia Virgo et Martyr”, a solo recital at the Festival de Thiré in France, concerts for the Oxford Lieder Festival with pianists Graham Johnson (programme of songs by Gabriel Fauré) and Anna Cardona, a series of concerts Louis XIV; “Le Roi Soleil” with Les Arts Florissants in France and Brussels, Ormonte in Handel’s “Partenope” with Il Pomo D’Oro (Paris, Amsterdam, Pamplona, Essen and Madrid), “Coronation Mass” with Ensemble OTrente, and Levite in Handel’s “Solomon” in Hannover.
Pic. Olivier Allard