Mathieu ABELLI Bass Baritone


In January 2019 the French baritone Mathieu Abelli makes hisGerman debut as MARQUIS DE LA FORCE in’ Les dialogues de Carmelites’ at the Theatre Krefeld/Möchengladbach .

After a successful career as tenor, Mathieu Abelli decided in 2012 to change to the bass-baritone repertoire. He finished his vocal studies and now regularly performs as bass baritone in concerts and small local productions. His current repertory includes such roles as ESCAMILLO /Carmen, DULCAMARA / L’elisire d’amore, Méphistophélès MEFISTOFELE /Faust-Gounod+Berlioz, ATHANAEL / Thais, DON GIOVANNI, THE FOUR VILLIANS /Les contes d’Hoffmann, SCARPIA /Tosca, BARTOLO / Il barbiere di Siviglia, MUSTAFA/L’italiana in algeri, FILIPPO/Don Carlo, WOTAN/Ring.

Mathieu Abelli began his vocal studies in Paris and completed them at the Salzburg’s Mozarteum, with the renowned mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry . Here, he started to sing between the two tessitures of second tenor and high baritone. As a prize-winner of the Royaumont Foundation in 2005, he sang Belfiore (Diapason 415 Hz) in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera under the baton of David Stern, on tour in France (Opera de Reims, Orléans, Théâtre Montfort Paris) and Belgium (Concertgebouw Brugge) In 2006 and 2007, Mathieu Abelli performed the title role in Lopez’s famous French operetta Le Chanteur de Mexico at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Mathieu Abelli was a frequent guest of the ensemble Fuoco e Cenere directed by the violist Jay Bernfeld, touring extensively with the ensemble throughout France and the United States. A 2006 Arion recording of Neapolitan songs, Canta Napoli, directed by Jay Bernfeld was released and well received by the critics. A recording of Marco da Gagliano’s La Dafne in which Mathieu Abelli sings Apollo was awarded the prestigious Orphée d’Or in 2008. The same year, he sang Apollo in Milano and Bremen in Monteverdi’s Orfeo under the baton of Jordi Savall.

In 2008 Mathieu Abelli was the star of the musical spectacle The Marvellous World of Luis Mariano, dedicated to Mariano’s repertoire. The musical was performed on all major Belgian stages (Cirque Royal Brussels, Forum de Liège, Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp, Palais des Beaux Arts Charleroi, etc). Mathieu Abelli gave several lyrical concerts with the Toulon Opera Orchestra. With the operas of Avignon, Reims and Toulon, he also performed Le Chanteur de Mexico in a new production by Jacques Duparc, which was broadcasted on TV Paris Première. After this, Mathieu Abelli began to focus on the baritone repertoire. He was chosen as the baritone soloist in Fauré’s Requiem under the baton of Laurence Dale at the Escales Musicales in Evian and was Dancaïre in Bizet’s Carmen at the Toulon Opera. In 2010, he was again invited by Raymond Duffaut, to perform Strauss Junior in Valses de Vienne at the Operas of Avignon and Reims. He sang Morales in Carmen at the Festival d’Art Lyrique of Salon the Provence in July 2010.

In 2011, he sang Brétigny in Massenet’s Manon at the Opera of Vichy, was Peppe in Donizetti’s Rita ,again under the baton of David Stern at the Grand Théâtre de Saint-Quentin- en-Yvelines, in Donizetti’s French version for two baritones. In April 2011, Mathieu Abelli sang Escamillo in Carmen at the Csokonaï Theater in Debrecen-Hungary under the direction of Nadine Duffaut. He sang Ange Pitou in La fille de Madame Angot at the Opera of Liège in December 2011. Mathieu Abelli sang the title role of Mendelsohn’s oratorio Elijah at the Cathedral of Aix-en-Provence in June 2012.


Theater Krefeld/Mönchengladbach – Les Dialogues de Carmelites – MARQUIS DE LA FORCE
Mathieu Abelli with his perfectly guided, cultivated baritone voice is a convincing Marquis de la Force.
Das Opernglas 3/ 2019 – M.Lode-Gerke
Mathieu Abelli as solid Marquis de la Force (Blanche’s father).