Biography

Vincent Ordonneau has specialized as a character tenor : The Four Servants in The tales of Hoffmann, The Remendado in Carmen,  Rodolphe in Guillaume Tell, Torquemada in The Spanish hour,  Mr Triquet in Eugene Onegine,  the little old man/Wedgwood teapot/Tree frog in L’Enfant et les sortilèges, Schmidt in Werther, Le Mari in Les mamelles de Tirésias, The First commissioner in Dialogues des Carmélites, Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon, the title role in Fisch-Ton-Kan from Chabrier, The Holy Fool in Boris Godunov, Sellem in The rake’s Progress, Spoletta in Tosca, Goro in Madama Butterfly, Bardolfo in Falstaff,  Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lonigan in Wonderful town, Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos and others. Thanks to his ability to sing high notes (up to the high E) he can also interpret the Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel. He is active as well as an oratorio soloist (Mozart ‘s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solemnelle, Bach’s B minor mass for example).

He has worked recently with Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, William Christie, Bertrand De Billy, Evelino Pidò, Paolo Olmi, Wayne Marshall, Paolo Carignani, invited at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, in Rome – Santa Cecilia – at the Concertgebouw, the Opéra Comique, the Granada Festival, Cagliari, Luxembourg, and the Mariinsky Theatre where he made his debut in 2012. He works also with young conductors like Kazuki Yamada in Japan, Benjamin Levy, Sébastien Rouland at the Opéra-Comique, and at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

In 2016, he appears as a Chess Player in Benjamin Dernière Nuit at the Lyon Opera, sings Longan in Bernsteins’Wonderful Town at the Kölner Philharmonie with Wayne Marshall.

In 2016/2017 he sings at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where he performs the four Servants in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Eight performances are scheduled between Nov 7 and Dec 3, with Broadcasting in Cinemas until Spring 2017, and Radio Broadcasting on the BBC.

He focuses particularly on the roles in French. Michel Sénéchal coached him specifically on the Offenbach’s repertoire. William Christie, after making him sing the role of Dandolo in Herold’s Zampa at The Opéra Comique in Paris, encourages him to investigate in the repertoire of earlier French composers such as Rameau, Lully, Charpentier and Gluck, which enables him to add to his repertoire the title role in Rameau’s Platée.