8th April, Céret, 8pm
Salle de l’Union. An evening of music and song, with
Opéra Mosset and the Choir Accent Lyrique with soloists. 15€ (12€ for members of Musiques et Voix en Pays Catalan and of Les Amis d’Alain Marinaro).

2nd and 3rd June
Three performances of ‘
Docteur Miracle’ by Georges Bizet, including 2 afternoon concerts for the school children of the Communauté de Communes du Vallespir’, and an evening performance in Céret on Friday 3rd June for the general public.

Soon to be available will be the complete programme of ‘Automne Musical en Vallespir, Carrefour des Arts 2016’. The 7th Edition of this popular festival will include a wide range of musical forms, and provide a concert in each of the 10 communes that make up the Vallespir.

This year’s festival runs over weekends from 24th September to 23rd October 2016. KEEP AN EYE ON OUR WHAT’S ON GUIDE ON INDIVIDUAL EVENTS AS THEY ARE PUBLISHED. 



In 2014 the Céret-based music association welcomed Christian Papis as he took over the role of Artistic Director.  At the same time the popular autumn music festival, Automne Musical en Vallespir, expanded to 10 concerts to include Les Cluses, L’Albere and Le Perthus.   For 2015 the name of the association changes toMusiques et Voix en Pays Catalans to better reflect Christian Papis’ wide range of experience and musical interests.

Christian’s original musical training was in the saxophone at the Conservatory National Superior of Music in Paris, but his talent for singing was quickly discovered and he became one of the ten foremost tenors in the world.  His career in opera saw him performing in Europe’s leading opera venues, including La Scala, Paris Opera, Berlin, Madrid, Venice and Glyndebourne, London, Vienna, Geneva, and singing under the direction of famous names including Daniel Barenboim, Andrew Davis, Riccardo Muti and Georges Prêtre.  Christian’s voice has featured on numerous operatic recordings; he has appeared on television and made films.

After working alongside Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, Alagna, Dessay, Berganza, Van Dam, Hampson, Ramey, and many other stars of the operatic world Christian Papis singing career was cruelly cut short by a medical problem.  In recent years this has led him to bring his wide experience to teaching at Musikthéater of Amsterdam, Maastricht, Stadtsoper Frankfurt am Rhein, at a number of Conservatoires, most recently Schola Cantorum in Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes and now, since 2010, in Perpignan where he is Professeur de Chant.

On a more personal level Christian is an enthusiast for many different musical forms – from jazz to baroque, from opera to flamenco guitar, oratorios and recitals for lyric voices.

His experience during 35 years on the international music scene has opened an exciting new chapter for music fans in the PO.



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