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Pascal Pittie (Tenor)

Born: 1978 - The Netherlands

The Dutch tenor, Pascal Pittie, studied at the Maastricht Conservatory with Mya Besselink and won his Bachelors, Masters and Operatic diplomas there - all with distinction. He continued his education at the International Opera Studio in Amsterdam. He has taken master-classes with Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, Elly Ameling and Semjon Skigin. In October 2004 he won the Jo Bollenkamp price during the international Vocalisten Presentation.

Pascal Pittie made his debut at the Dutch opera in Samson by George Frideric Handel in 2003, at the Flemish opera with the title role in Albert Herring in 2004, at the National Reisopera as Erster Offizier in Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg in 2004 and at the National Opera Lyon as Un célenite in Offenbach’s Un petit voyage dans la lune in 2005. In opera he has interpretated more than 30 parts including Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Opera RAI, Amsterdam), Kohout in The Cunning Little Vixen (DNO) and Diener in Capriccio, 2er Schäfer in Daphne (Amsterdam), the title role in Albert Herring (De Vlaamse opera), Erster Offizier in Der Prinz von Homburg by Henze and Barbarigo in I Due Foscari (Enschede, NRO), Edmondo in Manon Lescaut (Saturday matinee) and Gastone in La Traviata (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam), Célenite in Un petit voyage dans la lune (Lyon).

Pascal Pittie has sung, at several international opera festivals, roles such as Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor (The Summer Opera Haaren), Testo in Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (Kammeroper Konstanz), Gafforio in Giovani Paisiello's König Theodor in Venedig (Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg), Remendado in Carmen (International Sommeroper Schloss Weikersheim), Aap in Peter Schatt's Aap verslaat de Knekelgeest (Zomeropera Alden Biesen), and Prologue and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (Opera Garden Aberdeen), among others.

A frequent concert and oratorio artist, Pascal Pittie, has sung the tenor parts in J.S. Bach's Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) and Johannes-Passion (BWV 245), Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten and Die Schöpfung, C. Saint-Saëns' Christmas Oratorio, G.F. Handel's The Messiah, Arthur Honegger's Le Roi David, Zoltán Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus, and Benjamin Britten's Abraham and Isaac, Serenade, and War Requiem.

Pascal Pittie has worked with several well-known conductors like Ed Spanjaard, Gabriele Bellini, Edo de Waart, Hartmut Haenchen, Ingo Metzmacher, Vasily Petrenko, Rolf Gupta, Koen Kessels and Yakov Kreizberg, and orchestras such as Limburgs Symphonie Orkest (L.S.O.), the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Broadcasting Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Brabant, Orchestra of Gelderland, Orkest van het Oosten, Holland Symphonia, Ensemble Köln, and Preussisches Kammerorchester.

Pascal Pittie has sung 1er Priester in Die Zauberflöte (Enschede), Bardolfo in Falstaf (Antwerp), Lehrbube in Die Meistersinger (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam), Parque in Hippolyte et Aricie (Enschede), Dvorak's Requiem (Limburgs Symfonie Orkest). More recently he has sung 4th Jew in Salome (Festspielhaus Baden-Baden), Harry in La Fanciulla del West, 3er Junger Offizier in Die Soldaten (Amsterdam), Alfred in Die Fledermaus (Noord Nederlands Orkest), 4er Knappe in Parsifal (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam), Kohout in The cunning little Vixen, Maintop in Billy Budd (Amsterdam), Philstine in Camille Saint-Saëns's Samson et Delila (Concertgebouw, Amsterdam). His recent and future engagements include Prologue and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw (Aberdeen), Diener in Capriccio (Amsterdam), Tamino in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Amsterdam), a solo-recital in Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Prunier in La Rondine (Amsterdam), Junger Diener in Elektra (Amsterdam).

Source: Pascal Pittie Website; TACT Website (June 2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Bart Van Reyn


Video: BWV 244

Links to other Sites

Pascal Pittie (Official Website) [Multi-lingual]

Pascal Pittie, Tenor (TACT)

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