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Choir director

Guillaume Fauchère

French choral and orchestral conductor Guillaume Fauchère is currently at the helm of the Chœur de l'Opéra national de Lorraine. From major opera productions to oratorios and a cappella works, his ability to create a particularly homogeneous and expressive sound is a hallmark of his work.

Trained as a conductor by his teacher Mark Stringer at Vienna's prestigious University of Music and Dramatic Arts (MDW), he has worked for almost ten years with internationally renowned ensembles and musicians. He has conducted the Wiener Kammerorchester and the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, taken part in masterclasses in Manchester, Budapest and Cannes, and worked as assistant conductor at Palermo's Teatro Massimo. He also conducts a vast repertoire on period instruments, including Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, Haydn's Nelson Mass and Handel's Messiah.

His credits also include contemporary creations and post-romantic works. In 2019, he conducts the premiere of a biblical opera by Austrian composer Wolfram Wagner for the Retz Festival of Sacred Music in Lower Austria, and in the same year Mahler's First Symphony, known as "Titan". At the beginning of 2020, just before the health crisis, he was hailed by audiences and critics alike for his acclaimed debut in Germany when he conducted the Viennese operetta Countess Maritza by Hungarian composer Emmerich Kálmán.

He gained stage experience at the highest level as a singer with the prestigious Arnold Schönberg Choir, with whom he performed from 2007 to 2014 at the Salzburg Festival, Aix-en-Provence, Theater an der Wien, Amsterdam Opera and Teatro Real in Madrid, among others, under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, René Jacobs and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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