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Frédéric Meylan (Counter-tenor)

Born: 1972 (?) - Lausanne, Switzerland

The Swiss counter-tenor, Frédéric Meylan, grew up in Lausanne. His parents are accountants, but he has always made music, played piano and recorder, and at 16 started singing in the choir. After graduation, he founded a choir called Kyba. He appeared with the ensemble in Switzerland and Italy, in radio and television. In 1994, he moved to Cologne, Germany to study singing and conducting at the Musikhochschule. There he sang an aria from George Frideric Handel's Julius Caesar. In 1998 he moved to Berlin, where he finished his music studies at the Musikhochschule Hanns Eisler.

Frédéric Meylan sang the title role in Orpheus in der Unterwelt' at the Komischen Oper in Berlin, in Boris Godunov at Volksoper Wien and at Notre Dame in Paris. He was also a member of the Musicalische Compagney Berlin and recorded with this ensemble. But he had also noticed the "hard stick" life of a musician, who must always stand up to the tough competition. He is also trained as a bank clerk. Followed at Dresdner Bank, as well as the qualification for financial advisers. During the day he was standing at the counter, in the evening on the opera stage.

The flood of 2002 finally led Frédéric Meylan to Erzgebirge. The local bank branch had called for help in cleaning up, Meylan and colleagues from Berlin lent a hand. In 2004 he became an investment adviser in Chemnitz, from 2005 Head of a bank branch in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, and since July 2010, Director at Stollberger Standort. He is fond for Baroque music of J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schütz, but his job remains little time for more than a few concerts a year at. He also wants to devote himself to his wife and sons, 5 and 7 years old. They built a house in In Chemnitz..


Source: Freie Presse Website (November 11, 2012), English translation by Aryeh Oron (February 2013)
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Aryeh Oron (February 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Selections: BWV 21/9, BWV 23/4, BWV 28/2, BWV 38/1, BWV 64/1, BWV 101/1; BWV 225

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Schweizer Countertenor gibt nun in Stollberger Bank den Ton an Frédéric Meylan ist im Erzgebirge heimisch geworden (Freie Presse) [German]


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