Specialist InSinging (tenor)
BiographyWhen British tenor Laurence Dale was invited by Nikolaus Harnoncourt to make his Vienna State Opera début, Marcel Prawy described him as "the best Tamino we have had since Wunderlich".
He has since sung Mozart Year 1991 in Salzburg in the role of Tamino.
Dale came to international recognition in Paris 1981, creating the role of Don Jose in Peter Brook's La Tragédie de Carmen, repeating the role in Zurich, Hamburg and New York. He went on to perform at international professionally singing in Vienna, Berlin, Los Angeles, Munich Paris and throughout Europe. His repertoire stretched from the Renaissance and Baroque to the world's leading interpreters through the Romantic repertoire and contemporary.
Considered a Baroque specialist with Harnoncourt, Jacobs, Bruggen, Hogwood, Christie, Hengelbrock, Gardiner, so what's one of the leading Mozartian tenors of his generation, with Mackerras, Colin Davis, Fischer, Welser Most, Cambreling in Vienna, Salzburg Festival , Munich, Frankfurt, Brussels, London, Paris.
He pioneered the 19th century French repertoire, reviving Mehul and Auber, Berlioz cantatas, then Damnation de Faust with the Orchestra of Paris and Semyon Bychkov, recording Gounod's Mass with Ste Cecilia with Georges Prêtre, and singing Roméo et Juliette (opposite Eva Lind!) in Zurich and Basel, Werther in Paris with Casadesus, Ravel's Prix de Rome cantatas with Sylvain Cambreling, Debussy's Pelleas et Mélisande and ... Schubert with Antonio Pappano, Rossini with Scimone, Schoenberg with Dohnanyi, and Stravinsky with Boulez. In 2000 Peter Brook invited Dale to direct his first production, La Tragédie de Carmen.
Don Giovanni Amsterdam, Cosi fan Tutte Vienna Montecchi and Capuleti Bellini, Lehar (Bad Ischl, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Metz) Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots, Ades' Powder Her Face, Gustave III (Auber), Gustavo Terzo (Verdi) Aida, Dido & Aeneas (Innsbruck AlteMusik Fest and NYC) La Voix Humaine (with Maria Ewing) L'Heure Espagnole, Contes d'Hoffmann, Opera Seria (Gassmann) Madama Butterfly, Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Norma. He directed The Bat for the Norwegian National Opera, Oslo. His production of Handel's Agrippina for Göttingen International Handel Festival, transposed to Brisbane's Baroque and Winner of the Best Help Production Award in Oldenburg in 2016 His Nederlands Reisopera production of Ariadne on Naxos won Best Opera Production 2016 and will be presented in the USA.
The Artistic Director of the Opera Theater of Metz and Artistic Director of the Evian Festival (2000) is organizing and programming 13 seasons, creating and conducting the Evian Festival Orchestra in 2011. He has also conducted the Johannesburg Philharmonic, The Beijing Symphony, Philharmonia of the Nations, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Orchester de l'Opéra National de Nancy.
Laurence Dale is a highly respected teacher and coach to numerous international singers. He has given Masterclasses in Paris, Marseille, Bruxelles, Nantes, Johannesburg, New York and London in many musical genres.