Musiques et Voix en Pays Catalans
Musique et Voix en Pays Catalans is a non-profit association that aims to support and promote musical activities within the region.
In action (in one form or another) since 2007, the association is comprised of volunteers and professionals, sharing a passion for music and the arts.
Every Autum they organise a music festival called Automne Musical en Vallespir – l’Amuvall, in the ten towns and villages of the Vallespir. Not only does the festival showcase regional, national and international talent, but it also celebrates the rich cultural history of the P-O, with concerts hosted in churches and other important heritage sites.
But there’s plenty of action the rest of the year too!
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In 2014 the Céret-based music association welcomed Christian Papis as he took over the role of Artistic Director.
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 35 years of experience on the international music scene have opened an exciting new chapter for music fans in the P-O.