tenor, Éric Huchet
Tenor Eric Huchet was born in 1962 in Torcé-en-Vallée. He studied singing at the Regional Conservatory in Paris, where he won the first prize in 1992. In the same year he received a scholarship from the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation for Vocations, which enabled him to study at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He then worked in the class of Walter Berry (Lied et oratorio). In his debut, Eric Huchet sang Le peintre in Lulu de Berg, Belmonte in L'Enlèvement au sérail by Mozart and Laïos in Œdipe by Georges Enescu at Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna. In France he was Count Almaviva (Le Barbier de Séville) in Rouen, but also Beppe in Leoncavallo's (Paillasse), Jacquino's (Fidelio) opera verista at the Opéra de Nice and Le Chevalier de la Force (Dialogues of the Carmelites of Poulenc) in Vichy. In 1997 the tenor sang Aristée and Pluton in Orphée aux Enfers in Lyon, starting a prolific collaboration with Laurent Pelly and Marc Minkowski. In 1999, the tenor performed as street singer Piquillo at La Périchole (Offenbach) at the Théâtre national de Chaillot in Paris. Very comfortable with Offenbach's repertoire, in 2003 he sang the role of Achilles (La Belle Hélène) at the Théâtre du Châtelet and Spalanzani (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) in Lausanne. The following year he made his debut at the Opéra Comique de Paris en Bobinet (La Vie Parisienne). He then played Prince Paul in Offenbach's La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein at the Châtelet, confirming his keen interest in comedy and operetta. His role as second Jew in Salome opened the doors of the Paris Opera in 2006, where he returned to thirteen other productions until the end of Nicolas Joël's term of office. In the same year he stopped in Zurich to sing Don Gaspare, officer of King Alfonso XI of La Favorite di Donizetti. The following year he returned to Marseille to sing Escartefigue in the creation of Vladimir Cosma Marius and Fanny and Du Bartas in Colombe by Jean-Michel Damase. He is also Viscount of Gif at La Esmeralda by Louise Bertin in Montpellier. In 2009 he became interested in Wagner's repertoire and performed Melot in Tristan and Isolde directed by Olivier Py in Angers and Nantes. In 2010 he sang the jester Truffaldino of Prokofiev's L'Amour des trois in Dijon, before returning to the Paris Opera and playing two roles in Puccini's Triptych: Il Tinca de Il Tabarro and Gherardo de Gianni Schicchi. He also sang Sylvester von Schaumberg in Paul Hindemith's Mathis. In 2011 he played another Wagner role: Heinrich der Schreiber (Tannhäuser) in Bastille. In another register he works at the Falsacappa (Les Brigands d'Offenbach) at the Opéra Comique. In 2012 he sang at Bastille Le Comte Elemer in the Arabella directed by Marco Arturo Marelli, then at the four valets of Les Contes d'Hoffmann and at Le Roi Ouf 1er (L'Étoile de Chabrier) in Nancy. In 2013 he was Norman (Lucia) in Paris, then met the Dialogues of the Carmelites of Poulenc in Bordeaux, this time in the role of Chaplain, in a production of his companion Mireille Delunsch. Then, in 2014, he sang in two productions of The Magic Flute: Un homme d'arme in Paris and Monostatos in Nantes. He returned to Puccini's repertoire with the role of Spoletta in Tosca and Harry in La Fille du Far West in Paris, then played Alfred in Strauss's La Chauve-Souris, first in Reims, then in Tours. In 2015 he played the clown Cantarelli (Le Pré aux clercs by Ferdinand Hérold) at the Opéra Comique de Paris and Torquemada in L'Heure espagnole in Nantes. The following year he returned to Montpellier to sing Altoum (Turandot), then sang the Prologue and Peter Quint at Benjamin Britten's Echrou Tour in Bordeaux. Lately the tenor has continued his study of Offenbach's repertoire and sings Sifroy in Geneviève de Brabant in Nancy, before performing at the TCE Mocenigo in La Reine de Chypre by Fromental Halévy in a concert version. In January 2018, Éric Huchet played the role of Tikhon Ivanich Kabanov in Leoš Janáček's Kátia Kabanová in Nancy, which contrasts with most of the tenor's repertoire. But the following month he returned to the opera comedy with Frick and Le Brésilien at the Vie Parisienne à Marseille.