Christian Lara

born 15 August 1946 Mérignac

Picture of Christian Lara
Picture of Christian Lara
Samson, Besançon 1991
Picture of Christian Lara
When he was 12 years old, Lara sang in an amateur company. At twenty, Lara entered the Bordeaux conservatory in the class of André Dran.

From 1976 to 1978, he sang at the Lille opera appearing in Faust, Nabucco, Prince Igor, Thaïs, Dialogues des carmélites, Das Land des Lächelns.

In 1979, he won the voix d'or competition.

He further studied singing at the Paris Opéra in 1979 with Michel Sénéchal. The same year, Lara sang at the Champs-Élysées as Mitrane in Semiramide and at the Opéra in Lear (Diener).

The next year, he sang at La Fenice Juan in Don Quichotte.

From then on, he sang all over France as well outside the country: Festival de Saint Céré (Alfredo, Hoffmann, Ismaele), at the Nantes Opéra (Rodolfo), at the Grand Théâtre in Limoges (Alfredo, Hoffmann), at the Opéra Grand in Avignon (Cavaradossi), in Antwerp (Faust), Gent (Faust) and Brugge (Faust).

In the 1986/87 season, he sang at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg Faust and Turiddu.

In the 1987/88 season, he sang in Nice (José), Berlin (Theater des Westens as Sou Chong), Liège (Hoffmann), and Tel-Aviv (José). In 1989, he was in Köln (José, Faust).

He sang in Strasbourg in Samson and in Grisélidis in 1990, Andrej Khovanskij in 1992.

In 1990, Samson in Karlstuhe and in 1991, Ruggiero (La rondine) in Tours.

In 1990, Lara sang Faust at the Wiener Staatsoper on 23 and 26 December.

In 1992, he sang Jean in Hérodiade at the Opéra de Wallonie in Liège.

His repertory also included: Angélo (L'opéra d'Aran), Roméo, Pinkerton, Duca, ...

Occasionally, he appeared on stage until 2019!
Jean Gourret: Nouveau dictionnaire des chanteurs de l'Opéra de Paris, Editions de l'Albatros 1989
Kutsch & Riemens

Christian Lara singsThe desert song: One flower in your garden, in French

avec Jean Marie Joye, Koen Crucke, Tadeusz Wierzbicki, Michel Courché, Claudine Granger, Violaine Mercier
Direction: Claude Quinet
33T 30cm TLP 91.014 /1985

avec Claudine Granger, Michèle Comanester, Bernard Sinclair, Christian Asse. 
Direction: Jean Doussard
SPI Milan 160 065  (réédité sur CD Laserlight 14321)

avec Alain Fondary, Françoise Pollet, Magali Damonte,Gérard Serkoyan, Patrick Méroni
Orchestre et chœurs national de Lyon
Direction: Sir John Pritchard
Enregistré en direct au festival de Montpellier Radio France,  le 18 Juillet 1989
2 CD

Mady Urbain, Stephanie Fride, Jean-Marc Ivaldi, Jules Bastin, Michel Larne
Direction: Paul Ethuin
Enregistré en direct à Liège le 5 décembre 1992
Edité chez House of Opera CD 7445
I wish to thank Claude Ribou for the pictures, posters, discography and recording.

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