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Dominique Debart (Conductor)

Born: France

The French conductor, Dominique Debart, studied conducting with Manuel Rosenthal and Jean Martinon at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris.

From 1977 to 1983 Dominique Debart was director of the choir of the Opéra de Lyon. He took part in many musical events in the capacity as head of orchestra, assisting the greatest international conductors at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. He was invited as a guest to conduct the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, and the Chœur de Radio France.

In 1984 Dominique Debart was appointed as conductor of the Orchestre Régional de Basse-Normandie, named today as the Ensemble. In 1998 he was nominated as Victories of the Music for Straw mattress by Leoncavallo at the Théâtre des Arts de Rouen.

In the tradition of the French orchestras, this training specific to the service of its region, whose vocation and repertoire ranged between chamber and orchestral music, allowed many incursions towards collaborations with the musical theatre, the cinema, the lyric performances, as well as the dance and contemporary works. Impassioned musician of alive art in all forms, he then guided his Ensemble towards original experiments.

Dominique Debart created Les Mauvaises by Helene Delavault, took part in the performances of l'Oresteia by Iannis Xenakis in Sicily (also recorded under his direction at the Music Festival of Strasbourg). Revisiting the operetta, in particular with Offenbach (Ba-Ta-Clan) presented at Paris, Caen, Montpellier, Nantes… etc, his extremely pluralist activity has also developed through all the prolongation related on the dramatic theatre and the lyric art: La Querelle des Bouffons, after Diderot, Rameau et Pergolèse; Mathilde et Paul after Gabriel Fauré and Verlaine; Pierrot after Robert Musil and Arnold Schoenberg (Pierrot Lunaire) and created a lyric show around the concert arias of Mozart: La Loge et le Souper, which furrows the whole France. Coproduit with the Théâtres de Caen, Rouen, Rennes, the Ensemble interpreted Le Tour d'Ecrou by Benjamin Britten, performed again in February 1996 at the Opéra Comique. At the Théâtre de Caen he directed the Ensemble in The Rape of Lucrèce and Beggar’s Opera by B. Britten, Johnny Johnson by Kurt Weill and Die Lustigen Niebelungen by Oscar Straus.

Dominique Debart, with complicity of Alain Bézu, directed and carried out for the first time the scene from The Song of the Earth by Gustav Mahler (performed in March 1997 in Cherbourg, Caen, Issoudun), and produced again in Autumn 1998. His productions have also been directed towards the cinema (re-creation of Comte de Griolet by Raoul Grimoin-Sanson); the dance (La Princesse de Milan, by Michael Nyman and Karine Saporta) and the Jazz with Michel Portal and Mathias Ruëgg, director of Vienna Art Orchestra. In addition, practising a policy of prestigious invitations within the Ensemble, Dominique Debart has conducted many concerts with renowned international soloists: Emile Naoumoff, Patrice Fontanarosa, Maurice Bourgue, Patrick Welsh, Christophe Coin, Pierre Charial, Michel Portal, Richard Galliano, Didier Lockwood, and Juan José Mosalini.

In the search for this originality, the Ensemble, directed by Dominique Debart, wants to extend its vision of the music, to widen its repertory, to explore new worlds and to become the initiator of aesthetic meetings, sometimes strange or unexpected, but always enthralling.

Recordings: The Desert Music by Steve Reich with the Ensemble (Orchestre de Basse-Normandie) and the Ensemble Vocal Séquence, Oresteïa by Xénakis artistic responsibility of the composer at the Festival Musica de Strasbourg.

Source: Maria de Buenos Aires Website & Festival de Saint-Denis Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (July 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2004)

Dominique Debart: Short Biography | Ensemble Instrumental de Basse Normandie | Recordings of Vocal Works

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Maria de Buenos Aires: Dominique Debart - Directeur Musicale [Spanish]

Festival de Saint-Denis 2004: Dominique Debart, Direction [French]

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