Florian Laconi

born 1977 Metz

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Florian Laconi singsLa belle Hélène: Au mont Ida
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The son of an Italian father, he wanted to become a comedian as a teenager, and consequently studied acting... which ended up with his infection with opera, and with voice lessons with Gabriel Bacquier. He made his debut as Gounod's Faust in a 1999 concert performance, and his stage debut in 2000 in Dijon as Fritz in La grande duchesse de Gérolstein.

The first years of his career, he sang a lot of main roles in operetta, and a mix of secondary and main roles in opera: Camille de Rosillon in Tours 2001, Griolet (La fille du tambour-major) in Avignon 2002, Don Ramiro in Liège 2004, Almaviva at the Opéra-Comique 2004, Nathanael (Les contes d'Hoffmann) at the 2005 Orange Festival, Arturo (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the same festival one year later, Tybalt in Los Angeles 2005. As time went by, his appearances in comprimario roles became rarer: Vincent in Orange 2010, Hoffmann and Don José in Massy 2011, Beppe for his debut at the Paris Opéra in 2012, Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) in Reims 2013, Luigi and Rinuccio in Tours 2015, Eisenstein in Avignon 2015, Boris in Káťa Kabanová in Avignon 2017, Lenskij in Saint-Étienne the same year, Jean (Hérodiade) in Marseille 2018, 2019: Cavaradossi in Metz and Barbe-Bleue in Marseille. In 2022, he was Mérowig in the rediscovery of Frédégonde by Saint-Saëns at the Opéra de Tours. That's not intended as a complete list of his appearances, to be sure. Avignon, Saint-Étienne and Massy were probably the centers of his activity; further places where he sang include Clermont-Ferrand, Limoges, Montpellir, Nice, Rouen, Versailles, and abroad: Lima, Monte-Carlo, Hongkong.

From 2019, he gave in to his penchant for comedy, reduced the number of opera appearances and spent a considerable part of the year with operatic comedy concerts – partly self-devised (above all a program that he performed all over France, Serions (pas trop) serieux), partly as a part of the, on an international level but particularly in France, hugely successful group originally created in Spain, "The Opera Locos".

Reference 1 and Locos picture source: Laconi's very active and highly professional Facebook page; reference 2; reference 3

Laconi in The Opera Locos
I wish to thank Georges Voisin for the recording.

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