Bel Canto – Performers’ Biographies

 Nicolas Chevereau, Pianist

Nicolas was born in Paris in 1989. He studied piano with Aldo Ciccolini before entering the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he studied Accompaniment classes under Anne Le Bozec and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, singing under Erika Guiomar and musical analysis with Michaël Levinas. He also graduated from the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory where he obtained a first prize for piano, from the University Paris-Sorbonne musicology & Pôle Supérieur Paris-Boulogne in pedagogy.

He plays as a guest performer at many festivals in France and abroad where he perfoms both as a soloist and in chamber groups, during which he has performed less well known works by Déodat & Séverac.

For many years he has become well known for his repertoire of French songs and won several prestigious awards at international competitions: Melody Award at 7th Nadia competition and Lili Boulanger, Sacem Award at 9th contest Lyon chamber music with soprano DECOUTURE Clementine, with whom he formed the Duo Ten Waves. Most recently he won best pianist in the 8th French song contest Toulouse chaired by Mady Mesplé.

Nicolas Chevereau has composed many songs, including poems by Verlaine, Baudelaire, Ronsard and Eluard, as well as instrumental and orchestral pieces. In 2014 he received the first international composition prize Leopold Bellan competition.

His discography includes the complete works for piano by Naji Hakim (Rejoyce Classic) and a disc of songs by Reynaldo Hahn and Leon Delafosse with soprano Clementine DECOUTURE (Passavant Music).

Amira Selim, Soprano

Amira Selim was born in Cairo, the daughter of pianist Marcelle Matta and painter Ahmed Fouad Selim.

After studying piano, ballet and painting, she started voice training and Italian repertoire in Italy with soprano Gabriella Ravazzi. After graduating from the Cairo Conservatoire, she received a scholarship from the French Government to study with soprano Caroline Dumas at the l’École Normale de Musique de Paris and preparing repertoire and roles with French soprano Beatrice Malleret. Amira won also the first prize winner at the international competition of Orvieto, Italy.

Selim started her career as a member and soloist at the Cairo Opera company, where she presented her leading role in Rossini’s Opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

It was followed by a number of other productions such as Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” , l’Elisir d’amore » and “Verdi’s “Rigoletto”.

Amira featured in many leading roles in Italy, like Rigoletto and L’Elisir d’amore at the Mancinelli Theatre in Orvieto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Mantova.

For her debut in France, she interpreted the title role of opera “Lakme » by Leo Delibes at the opera of Rennes as well as Opera Saint Etienne and Opera Bielefeld in Germany. She sang Nannetta in verdi’s Opera Faslstaff at Opera Tours.

Amira also sang in performances of “Carmina Burana » at the Palais des Congres, Paris, and performed « Ophélie » in “Hamlet” by Ambroise Thomas at the Opera Saint Etienne, France, “Queen of the Night” in Mozart’s “Magic Flute” in Paris, Lille, Biarritz, Nantes, Marseille.

Amira sang Rita in Donizetti’s Rita with La Peniche Opera company in a tour around France.

She sang Olympia’s aria from the Tales of Hoffman of Offenbach in the Gala Concert “Vive Offenbach” transmitted live on the French Tv Channel France3.

She also participated in Mozart l’Egyptien at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, and in the Vienna Festival “Spirits of Mozart as well, where she sang an exceptional duet with the Diva of Jazz Dee Dee Bridgewater.

She participated in many Festivals such as « les nuits des Suquets » in Cannes and Festival « Grand Air » in Bretagne.

John Bernard, tenor

The American Tenor John Bernard is reputed for his talents as a performer in repertoire ranging from Baroque music to Bel Canto and musical comedy. He has interpreted the roles of Ferrando in Così fan tutte with American Landmark Productions, Belmonte in Il Seraglio with the Liederkranz Opera Theater in New York, Henrik in A Little Night Music with Light Opera Oklahoma and Lindoro in An Italian Girl in Algiers at the Dicapo Opera Theater in New York. He has also sung Mozart’s Mass in C with the Choir of Avray and the Verdi Requiem with Greenwich Choral Society. He has performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Glimmerglass Opera, Sarasota Opera, Utah Opera, El Paso Opera, Toledo Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Academy of Music, Jacksonville Lyric Opera, American Opera Projects, Ohio Light Opera, Maine Grand Opera, Boston Academy of Music and Longwood Opera in roles such as Nemorino, Fenton, Tamino, Count Almaviva, Prince Ramiro, Tybalt, Laurie (Little Women), Camille (The Merry Widow), Don Basilio (Marriage of Figaro), Fernando (Goyescas), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), Marco (The Gondoliers), Prince Hilarion (Princess Ida), John Box (Cox and Box by Sullivan) and Perchik (Fiddler on the Roof). John Bernard has also performed in oratorio: Judas in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus with the Saint Andrew’s Music Society and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at Saint Thomas’s Church on 5th Avenue. He has been invited to perform with numerous American orchestras and choirs and is a member of the Paris Opera Chorus.

He is currently singing in Samson et dalila at Opera by Camille Saint-Saëns

 Opéra Bastille Season 16/17 — from 01 October to 05 November.