Antoin HLKessel

Antoin Herrera-López Kessel als Figaro lässt seinen starken Bassbariton erklingen und überzeugt auch mit einer guten darstellerischen Leistung…

Rezension von Marco Stücklin / Red. DAS OPERNMAGAZIN-CH. Theater Basel.
Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Hannigan conducting.

Upcoming Performances 2020 – 2021 :

Recital – Leonie Sonning Prize Copenhague. 16.05.2021

The bass baritone Antoin Herrera-López Kessel made his European debut with the world premiere of the opera Giordano Bruno, by Francesco Filidei and Ensemble Intercontemporain, commissioned by T&M Paris. In 2016, he joined the residency program at the Festival d’Aix en Provence – Résidence Mozart and was invited by the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon to sing the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as member of ENOA program.

In 2018, Antoin HLKessel was selected to participate at the Queen Elisabeth Voice Competition also invited to perform at La Biennale di Venezia College – Musica for the creation of Push, an opera by Alvise Zambon. The same year he sang the huge monodrama for baritone and orchestra: Sodom und Gomorrah by Karl Amadeus Hartman, text of Jean Giroudaux with Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille. 

Currently a member of the mentoring initiative EQUILIBRIUM created and directed by Barbara Hannigan for young professional musicians, Antoin HLKessel sang in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress at La Monnaie and at the Ojai Festival, and was the bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pulcinella with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

For the 2019/2020 season, he has been engaged by Basel Opera Theater, beginning the season with Al gran sole carico d’amore as bass soloist by Luigi Nono, then Basilio in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Hobson in Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten, Beaggers in La mère coupable by Darius Milhaud and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro.

The season 2020/2021 start with the world premier of Der Durst der Hyäne composed by Julia Purgina, texts of Kristine Tornquist at the Sirene Opern Theater in Viena. Later he’s Sparafucile in Rigoletto production at the Klagenfurt Stadttheater.

Antoin Herrera-Lopez Kessel ist ein wunderbar vielschichtiger Figaro. In seinem geschmeidig geführten, angenehm nasalen Bariton spiegeln sich Tiefen und Untiefen dieser Figur wider.

OpernWelt, Theater Basel 2020.

Born in Havana, Cuba, bass baritone Antoin Herrera-López Kessel studied classical and contemporary dance from an early age. He studied engineering at the Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas; and in the meantime, began to study singing and musical training. After a year of preparation at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Havana, he was admitted to the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Besançon, France and then to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon, France.