Tijl FAVEYTS  Bass


In March 2019 the Belgian bass TIJL FAVEYTS made his successful debut as KEZAL in “The Bartered Bride” at the Semperoper Dresden. Lately, his engagements brought him as ROCCO to the Opera House Bilbao in Spain and SARASTRO to the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and the Opéra de Lille, as FERRANDO to the Festival Sankt Gallen and as FASOLT and HUNDING to the Minden Wagner Days.

Tijl Faveyts became internationally known when he performed SARASTRO (“Die Zauberflöte”) at the age of 26 under Daniel Harding’s baton at the Festival Aix-en-Provence.

Until 2012 Tijl Faveyts was a member of the Sankt Gallen Theatre and in the season 2013/14 he became a member of the Aalto Essen Theatre, where he has played such roles as SARASTRO, DALAND in “Der fliegende Holländer”, HUNDING in “Die Walküre”, the COMMENDATORE “Don Giovanni” a.m.o.

Guest appearances led him to the Salzburger Landestheater, the Flemish Opera Antwerp, the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, the Festival of Aix-en-Provence, the Vienna Festival Weeks, the Theater an der Wien, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Dutch Opera Amsterdam, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the Oper Leipzig, the Tschaikowsky Concert Hall Moscow, the Lincoln Center New York, the Beijing Music Festival and the Israeli Opera Tel Aviv.

His wide repertoire include such roles as DON ALFONSO in “Cosi fan tutte”, OSMIN in “Die Entführung aus dem Serail”, SARASTRO, COMMENDATORE or BARTOLO in “Le nozze di Figaro” , Wagner HUNDING, FASOLT, KÖNIG MARKE or NACHTWÄCHTER, SPARAFUCILE in “Rigoletto”, DON BASILIO in “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, ZUNIGA in “Carmen”, DON PASQUALE in “Don Pasquale”, GREMIN in “Eugen Onegin”, OROVESO in “Norma”, DOKTOR in “Wozzeck”, und COMTE DES GRIEUX in “Manon”.

Tijl Faveyts works with such renowned conductors as Jiři Kout, Kazushi Ono, Fabio Luisi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Daniel Harding, Carlo Rizzi, Antonino Fogliani, Tomáš Netopil and Marc Albrecht and directors like Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Luc Bondy, Frank Castorf, Stéphane Braunschweig, Guy Joosten, Vincent Broussard and Stefan Herheim.

The artist is also a well sought-after concert singer and has often performed Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” and “St. John Passion”, Handel’s “The Messiah”, Haydn’s “Die Jahreszeiten” and Schubert’s “Winterreise”.

In the season 15/16 the tall, good-looking bass singer made his debut as FASOLT in "Das Rheingold" of the Ring in Minden. He also was re-invited to the Flemish Opera as PHILEBOS in "Der König Kandaules". In Essen he debuted as RAMFIS in "Aida" and OREST in "Elektra".

In the season 16/17 he made his debut as KÖNIG MARKE in “Tristan und Isolde” at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, he sang the MINISTER in “Fidelio” at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, made his debut as the PRIEST/BADGER in “The Cunning Little Vixen” at the Oper Köln, the NIGHT WATCH in “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” at the Bejing National Opera and sang HUNDING in “Die Walküre” at the Der Ring in Minden.

Future engagements take him to the Oper Köln as COLLINE. He sings the COMMENDATORE (Don Giovanni), EREMIT (Der Freischütz) and RAMPHOS (Aida) at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen and GREMIN, SARASTRO, SPARAFUCILE, COMMENDATORE at the Komische Oper Berlin.


Opernhaus Köln – La Bohème – COLLINE
Especially worth mentioning is Tijl Faveyts’ nuanced Colline.
Stadttheater Minden – Ring /Das Rheingold - FASOLT
Also vocally, Tijl Faveyts’ Fasolt gigantically shows his superiority.
Orpheus Nov/Dez 2019 – Michael Kaminski
Stadttheater Minden – Ring /Die Walküre - HUNDING
...while Tijl Faveyts elegantly trims his huge bass voice all along the line.
Orpheus Nov/Dez 2019 – Michael Kaminski
Teatro Cervantes de Malaga - Fidelio - ROCCO
"At her side the great winner of the evening was Rocco by Tijl Favetys. …/… with a broad, dark voice, just perfect for the jailer. With sure projection and being a model German, the Belgian bass portrayed a character of unusual nobility. He was the most applauded artist of the evening, which was more than fair."
"Another highlight of the evening was the jailer Rocco sung by the Belgian bass Tijl Faveyts. His aplomb, scenic talent, his perfect vocal mastery and finally his clear tessitura, which shone in each one of his appearances brought him the greatest applause of the evening for his performances as a soloist, in duet or in one of the many ensembles. His perfectly melting voice of clearly audible color was in every sense ideal for the character."
Pablo Siana
"...a fabulous cast. ...and Tijl Faveyts in an honest, carnal and moderate interpretation of the malicious jailer Rocco."
Málaga hoy
Festspiele Sankt Gallen - Il Trovatore - FERRRANDO
"In this production, Ferrando’s interpreter was challenged more as usual. Not only Tijl Faveyts had to recapitulate the previous history, which explains Azucena’a thirst for revenge - which he did with a powerful, significantly outlined bass voice - , he equally had to pull the strings like some kind of producer. Starting as a demon, who made the figures perform, he changed in the course of the evening into an angel of death."
Opernglas September 2019/ Th. Baltensweiler
Every child can tell you that there is nothing more simple then casting the roles of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore”: One just needs the world’s four best singers. And then there is no money left for the fifth role, Ferrando. This means that the first – long! – scene has had it. The audience is bored to death and even before the intermission the evening turns into a disaster. But not so at the Sankt Gallen Festival! Not only does Tijl Faveyts gives the role of Ferrando shape with his noble bass voice. The director Aron Stiehl makes him also pull the strings: once as a clown, who calls into the circus ring, then again as the angel of death, who accompanies the death.
NZZ am Sonntag
Opéra de Lille - Die Zauberflöte – SARASTRO
...Tijl Faveyts portrays Sarastro with a powerful and rather monolithic voice,...
Semperoper Dresden- Die Verkaufte Braut - KEZAL
Tijl Faveyts‘ Kezal has sufficient dark bass timbre to prevail against the consistently vividly playing orchestra.
Jürgen Otten – Operwelt 5/2019
Tijl Faveyts… sang a played a real intense Kezal with cultivated deep bass tones and an extensive expression.
Das Opernglas 04/2019, S.Barnstorf
At her side, the boastful matchmaker Kezal, Tijl Faveyts, debuting at the Semperoper. With his outstanding stage presence, his distinctive, well focused bass voice and his feigned kindness he became the focal point of the performance.
Opera Bilbao - Fidelio – ROCCO
Excellent Tijl Faveyts’ Rocco, a categorical, rotund voice and well-modulated, with unequivocal technique, good projection and attractive colour.
Platea Magazine
The most captivating role in the opera is the old prison guard Rocco, who here, with the voice of the bass Tijl Faveyts, was designed using the whole subtle colour palette of his voice, developing form the initial coldness to the humanist feeling of pity in the very end.
El Diario Vasco
Aalto Theater Essen - Il Barbiere di Siviglia - DON BASILIO
"...Or Don Basilio (fantastic: Tijl Faveyts) as a copy of Ozzy Osbourne whose "Pace, pace..." was to the audence's great delight - translated into "love and Peace" ...
...was just as convincing as the rockstar Don Basilio Tijl Faveyts reminding of young Ozzy Osbourne..."
Der Opernfreund - Peter Bilsing - May 2016
"...the audience took great pleasure in Tijl Faveyts, who whth his huge, impressive and untiring bass voice gave a perfect copy of a ferocious heavy metal guitar player. ..."
Opernnetz - Ralf Siepmann - June 2016
Minden Theatre - Die Walküre - HUNDING
"Tijl Faveyts in the role of Hunding convinced with his rich, deep bass voice...
Das Opernglas - S. Barnstorf - October 2016
Minden Theatre - Das Rheingold - FASOLT
"...dressed in a soldier uniform, the Belgian singer with the mighty- clanging voice created crackling suspense.
Opernglas - S. Barnstorf - Oktober 2015
"... Tijl Faveyts gave the giant Fasolt a noble bass voice. It is logic that Freia ( Julia Bauer with clear soprano vice) seems to like him..."
Der neue Merker - Sigi Brockmann - September 2015
"...The two giantsTijl Faveyts as Fasolt and James Moellenhoff as Fafner are a top-class cast. Especially Faveyts with his round, rich voice made a hage impression. .."
Der Opernfreund - Rudolf Hermes - September 2015
Opera Bilbao - Fidelio - ROCCO
Theater Minden - Das Rheingold - HUNDING
Aalto Theater Essen - Il Barberi di Siviglia - DON BASILIO