French tenor Christophe Mortagne sings Guillot de Morfontaine (Manon) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. He created the role in the production’s premiere in 2010. He has also sung Monsieur Triquet (Eugene Onegin) for The Royal Opera.
Mortagne was born in France and studied at the Paris Conservatoire. He has worked in opera with directors including David Alden, Kasper Holten and Laurent Pelly, and with conductors including Luisi, Pappano and Petrenko. Mortagne specializes in character tenor roles. He has also sung Guillot de Morfontaine for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and for La Scala, Milan, in Pelly’s production. Other appearances include Monsieur Triquet for Opéra de Lyon, Le Roi Ouf I (Chabrier’s L’Étoile) for Frankfurt Opera, Spoletta (Tosca) for the Chorégies d'Orange Festival, broadcast live on TV France, and Le Fellah and First Vendor (Rabaud’s Mârouf, savetier du Caire) for the Opéra-Comique.
Mortagne also works as an actor and has been a member of the prestigious Comédie-Française and performed at many French theatres. His recordings include a DVD of Eugene Onegin (The Royal Opera/Opus Arte).
Rachel Kelly as Javotte, Nadezhda Karyazina as Rosette, Simona Mihai as Poussette and Christophe Mortagne as Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014
William Shimell as De Brétigny, Nadezhda Karyazina as Rosette, Rachel Kelly as Javotte, Simona Mihai as Poussette and Christophe Mortagne as Guillot de Morfontaine in Manon © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014
Christophe Mortagne as Monsieur Triquet in Onegin © ROH / Bill Cooper 2013