In the 2013/14 Season Belgian tenor Guy de Mey sings Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Royal Opera House. He has previously sung Linfea (La Calisto) and Guillot de Morfontaine (Manon) for The Royal Opera.
De Mey was born in Belgium and studied with Erna Spoorenberg, Peter Pears and Eric Tappy. His career was launched in 1975 when he won the Belgian National Pro Civitate competition, and he has since appeared around the world in such venues as La Scala, Milan, Paris Opéra and Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg. Career highlights include roles in Die Zauberflöte and Orfeo under Roger Norrington at the BBC Proms, in Lully’s Atys under William Christie at Paris Opéra and in works by Monteverdi and Cavalli at New Israeli Opera. In opera, he has largely specialized in character tenor roles, including, recently, Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Monsieur Triquet (Eugene Onegin) and Frick (La Vie parisienne). De Mey is also a well-known Lieder singer, and has appeared in recital at the Flanders Festival and elsewhere across Europe and the USA.
He has made more than fifty recordings with renowned conductors including John Eliot Gardiner, René Jacobs and Ton Koopman, with whom he took part in a project to record the complete vocal works of J.S. Bach. Since 1996 he has taught at the Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp.
Gerald Finley as Count Almaviva and Guy de Mey as Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014
Guy de Mey as Don Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH / Mark Douet 2014
Guy de Mey in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © ROH/Mark Douet, 2014
Guy de Mey
Guy de Mey in La Calisto, The Royal Opera © Bill Cooper