- Patrick O’Connor
(b Airaines, May 24, 1951). French bass. He studied the oboe and conducting before turning to singing at the Paris Conservatoire. He sang Johann in Werther at the 1979 Aix-en-Provence Festival and made his Paris Opéra début the following year in Rameau’s Dardanus. He performed several other roles at the Opéra and Opéra-Comique in the early 1980s, including Mr Plunket in Henze’s The English Cat and Frère Bernard in the world première of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise in 1983. His international career dates from April 1987 when he created the role of Malfortune in the world première of Rolf Liebermann’s La forêt in Geneva. Appearances in Bonn, Cologne, Vienna, Amsterdam and Salzburg followed. Courtis sang Don Diègue in the first staged performance of Debussy’s reconstructed Rodrigue et Chimène in Lyons, and McCreah in a revival of Bécaud’s opéra d’Aran. His repertory, which focusses principally on French roles, also includes Massenet’s ...