After business school, Philippe started in the business more than twenty-three years ago by negotiating partnerships (sponsors and media) for theatres and for different entertainment production companies. After partnering with a producer, he decided to create in 2004 his own entertainment company called CITYPROD.
Its influence is international and has produced the shows in particular Acrobatic Nutcracker by the National Circus of China, Fire of Anatolia, Georgian Legend, Cuba National Ballet, Tribute to Miriam Makeba, Umoja, Jimmy Cliff, Soweto Gospel Choir, Cirkafrika, Magic Flute South African version, Shadowland, Tristan & Isolde The Symphonic Celtic Ballet, Sarafina... In 2017 Philippe realized his dream by resuscitating the magic of Les Miserables in a French version concert with more than 80 artists. After a triumphant tour in France, the concert in French is exported around the world. In 2019 he ensured the executive production of the French Musical Siddhartha The Rock Opera, with 42 performances at Le Palais des Sports de Paris in France, and in 2020 Philippe produced the south African creation Soweto Gumboots, first show united under the RHYTHMS license, whose world premières took place in February at the Soweto Theatre. In November 2021 he produced in Argentina the creation Gauchos Legend which also joined the RHYTHMS license.
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Born into a family of artists, Magda was introduced to the disciplines of the performing and arts (singing, music, dancing, acting, acrobatics) at an early age. At the age of twelve and for several years, she integrated the Paris Opera Garnier under the musical direction of Pierre Dac. For twenty years, she produced shows all over the world for which she is directing, ensures the choreographies as well as the costumes and sets designing. At the same time, she also directed many shows for French and international productions as for the Cirque Phénix and also for the Festival International du Cirque de demain in Paris (the largest circus festival in the world). Five years ago, she took the artistic direction of CITYPROD and directed in particular the French version concert of the world phenomenon show Les Miserables. In 2019 Magda ensured the directing, choreographies and scenography of the French musical Siddhartha The Rock Opera. Beginning 2020, she directed and choreographed the new show Othello and in February she is director, scenographer and costumes designer of the new south African show Soweto Gumboots that she also created. Passionate about Argentinian culture, Magda has lived for a long time in her country of heart and has also practiced for many years the arts of dance and Argentine character disciplines within the first pioneer companies of Gauchos performances around the world. Seduced by the richness of this infinite culture, Magda’s dream is to be able to make the international public discover the anthology of dances of Argentinian characters so powerful with high level Argentinian dancers. 2021 will allow her dream to come true with her latest creation Gauchos Legend whose world premières took place at the theatre Gran Ituzaingo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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After spending some time teaching music, Christian embarked on a career as an arranger, orchestrator and producer of French pop music with a particular passion for voice coaching which led him to direct performers such as: Dalida, Julia Migennes, Eric Charden, Debby Davis and Patrick Fiori, etc... He directed the orchestras for TV programmes such as Star 90, Sacrée Soirée and the Eurovision orchestra for France in 1993. In 2020 he composed his first musical in French, Othello. He is also the musical director and composer of Cirque Phénix since twenty years and has composed music for French and international circus-acts. At the same time, he produces and co-produces world music albums and publishes works in the field of music teaching.
For over thirty years Roque has traveled the world as a Lighting Designer and/or Director of Photography for the biggest events and shows: Interceltic Festival of Lorient, Opening ceremony of the African games, Tristan & Isolde The Celtic Symphonic Ballet, Opening ceremony of the African Cup of Nations, Celtic nights at the Stade de France, The Musical Marvels of Saudi Arabia, Vieille Charrues Festival…
Once a dyer and cleaner, Yves Guinhuit has always been enthralled by the history of old textiles. He now heads up Antikcostume - it is primarily in the making of Napoleonic costumes and uniforms that Yves and his team have forged themselves a reputation with re-enactment groups, museums and collectors. For the bicentenary re-enactment of the Battle of the Waterloo in June 2015 (400,000 spectators), they made the costumes for Napoleon and practically all his general staff. To create the costumes for the concert, Yves scrutinised specialist publications looking for information, illustrations, articles and regulations of the era to ensure the costumes.
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Cecile is immersed very early in the artistic world. She will alternately be an extra, dancer, actress and singer, notably at the Palace of Versailles for 6 years. She did her musical and theatrical studies in Paris, after which she performed in many baroque, ancient and contemporary music ensembles (La Tempête, Zoroastre, Ensemble vocal Michel Piquemal, Zene, Cappella Genevensis). She is also a soloist in several operas (Le Nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Suzanna; L'Etoile by Chabrier, Princess Laoula; King Arthur by Purcell, Philidel; Alcina by Handel, Morgana; Carmen by Bizet, Frasquita; Oca del Cairo by Mozart, Celindora…). She also performs a lot in the sacred repertoire as a soloist and choir artist. She is particularly fond of the works of Vivaldi, Handel and Mozart such as the Solemn Vespers of a Confessor or the Dixit dominus which she has had the opportunity to sing on many occasions. In 2021, she creates the duo Aquarelles with pianist Anne-Laure Marc, their repertoire extends from Chopin to Barber via Viardot, Schumann and Strauss.
Passionate and in the musical universe since childhood: violin, singing and dancing at the National Conservatory of Créteil, Laura naturally integrates the training of musical artist in the professional course of the International Academy of Musical Comedy of Paris. Triple graduate (singing / dance / theater) then winner of the Elite class, she gets several contracts as soon as she left her training. Singer, actress multi-talented, we find her in family shows, musical classics and even operettas ! She notably played Camille in Clémenceau Le Musical (Palais des Congrès de Paris), Vampirela in Vampirela (Apollo Théâtre) and Alice in Alice the musical comedy (Compote de Prod), Ensemble in Chantons sous la Pluie (Ars lyrica productions), Mary Jane Kelly in Jack, the musical (Erik Sitbon), Ensemble in The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (A.Menken), The Little Mermaid in The Little Mermaid (Casino de Paris). As for operettas, we saw her as Francine in Un de la Cannebière (V.Scotto) and Clara in L’Auberge du Cheval Blanc (R. Benatzky).
Anne-Céline began her musical studies with piano and later turned to opera singing. In 2008, she moved to Paris to study with Nathalie Spinosi at the Conservatoire de Pavillons-sous-Bois and Schola Cantorum, where she received her singing diploma. She regularly performs with the Voix Mêlées Festival, singing alto solo in Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Vivaldi's Gloria and Stabat Mater, as well as in many operatic roles. She also sang the title role of La Fée, a contemporary opera written and conducted by Dominique Spagnolo at the Massy Opera House. She sang alto solo in Rossini's Petite messe solennelle and 3rd Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Clermont Ferrand Opera House. In operetta, she sang the role of Madame Balandard and the title role in Offenbach's La Périchole. As a chorus artist, she regularly sings at Metz, Massy, Avignon, and Nancy Opera Houses. She also performed for the Sanxay Festival, Vittoria Ensemble, The Folies du temps, and Opera En Plein Air. Additionally, she sings contemporary music with the company Choeur en scène.
Audrey is a multi-faceted artist. She became passionate about opera during her studies in aesthetic philosophy and began a training course at the Lille Conservatory. She was also trained in vocal jazz there by Laurence Saltiel, before joining the Schola Cantorum in Paris in the class of singer Nadine Denize, which led her to a Concert Artist diploma. She was selected by the opera studio La Fabrique Lyrique de Bourges and took part in numerous lyrical workshops, including the Atelier lyrique de Tourcoing. She is also trained by Professor Daniel Ottevaere at the Ecole Normale de Paris thanks to a grant from the Fondation de France in 2021 then 2022. She is regularly engaged in various opera houses. She is also a director for various projects (musical, storytelling recitals, photography, theatre). In the context of contemporary music, she is a composer and teacher, and has performed with her ensembles in several European countries to promote her creations combining classical music, jazz, metal and electro.
Music (singing, transverse flute), dance (classical, contemporary and jazz) and theater have been part of his universe since childhood. Later, she continued to train, among others at the Cours Florent, at the Studio Alain De Bock in Paris where she followed a professional training course in dramatic art and then joined the Rouen Conservatory in lyrical singing, theater and contemporary music. She sings in various formations (jazz, French songs...) then writes her own songs and creates several musical shows. Her latest creation, Eh! Say the bird…, is a musical show around the songs of Edith Piaf. She also collaborates with various theater companies, is part of the company Progéniture and of the adventure of Les Misérables The French Musical Concert.
Ninon started to learn the piano with Gwenaelle Rouger at the age of eight. She then started to sing at the Maîtrise de Paris, in a double curriculum with Paris CRR. She sang a vast choral repertoire (from barocco to contemporary music, but also current music) in Paris most famous music halls. A few years later, she discovered the sacred music of the Renaissance at the Académie Vocale de Paris. She obtained a musicology degree from the Sorbonne, and has been studying the soprano lyrical singing technique with Sophie Hervé. Ninon made her debut on stage as Mercedes, from Bizet’s Carmen, in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triomphans, as well as a soprano solo in the repertoire of sacred music. In 2021, she joined the Opera Grand Avignon’s choir and has since been singing the theater’s programme.
As a kid, Manon Gonin joined the children’s choir of the Royal Opera of Wallonia - Liège. There she took her first steps in singing, acting and tap-dancing. As a young adult she moved to Paris where she was admitted to the theater and musical section of the Cours Florent. She completed the 3 year course and was then selected for the Classe Libre Comédie Musicale, a partnership between Cours Florent and Théâtre Mogador, allowing young artists to perfect their skills. On stage, Manon joined the cast of Bienvenue à Harmonie, Othello as Bianca, and the gospel choir Gospel for a 100 voices. She also starred in Paw Patrol Live – Race to the Rescue ! and Peppa Pig and her Friends, touring extensively through France, Belgium and Switzerland.
Originally from Ramatuelle, an idyllic medieval stone village outside St Tropez, he knew from childhood that he would only dream of the theatre. In 2000, he became a student at Cours Florent, the prestigious French drama school in Paris, before continuing to the Conservatoire du 5ème Arrondissement. Antoine joined the theatre company Qué Sera to play classical authors like Tchekhov, Victor Hugo or Alexandre Dumas. In 2010, directed by Christophe Honoré, he joined the cast of IN at the Avignon Festival where he also had the opportunity to sing and dance. With musical comedy, Antoine was able to make use of his piano background and voice training as a baritone. He discovered new experiences as choirmaster at the opera or in big stages like arenas in France.
Trained at the CNR of Angers and Paris by Yves Sotin, Fusako Kondo, Robert Dumé and Jacqueline Bonnardot, he was hired at the Opera studio des Jeunes Voix du Rhin then at the CNIPAL. He perfected his skills alongside Tom Krause, Mady Mesplé, Yvonne Minton, David Syrus and Giuseppe Sabbattini. Richard has sung for about thirty roles, opera and operetta combined.
David Faggionato performs in many diverse and varied shows: oratorio, operettas, opera, musicals .... He passed his diploma at the end of the 3rd cycle in 2013, the CEM, at the conservatory of Vigneux sur Seine. He takes part in various operettas as a soloist with les tréteaux lyriques or opera côté Chœur (la princesse de Trébizonde, le pont des soupirs, le savetier et le financier, la Créole, Orphée aux enfers, le Voyage dans la lune in Casino de Paris…). He also sings in contemporary shows: the role of Djamino in Dogorians and the singer in L’oubli des anges, J’ai hâte d’aimer, vive la vie and Les noces de joie with the swiss company Interface. He’s the singer of Pop Rock Band: One Shot Project Finally, he was part of the troop of Les Miserables The French Musical Concert which performed in the arenas of France in spring 2017, in China in 2018 and in South Korea in 2019.
In parallel with his Master's degree in political science, and after a first career as a percussionist, Maxime decided to embark on the path of singing. With a varied artistic activity combining solo productions, in small ensembles or within large symphonic or opera choirs, he regularly collaborates as a tenor with the choirs of the operas of Lille, Marseille, Metz, Saint-Étienne, Avignon or even the Théâtre des Champs Élysées and the National Opera of Lorraine. As a soloist, he can be heard in King David by Arthur Honegger at the Nouveau Siècle in Lille or in the role of Monostatos at the Clermont-Ferrand opera house. Having a real taste for the stage and comic roles, Maxime performs with several operetta companies, allowing him to play many roles such as Orpheus in Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, Raoul de Gardefeu in Parisian life, Puck in the Grand Duchess of Gerolstein, Raflafla in Mesdames de la Halle or Hermosa in the Island of Tulipatan.
Following a conjoint degree in law and modern literature, Sebastian Delgado joins Marcin Habela's opera singing class at Lyon music conservatory in 2010. Graduating three years later, he becomes an intern of the CNIPAL (Centre National d’Insertion Professionnelle des Artistes Lyriques) from 2013 to 2014. He then joins HEM (High School of Music) in Geneva in Maria Diaconu's class and the opera studio of Luxembourg, where he gets to play Guglielmo in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte. He’s involved in various works and roles in 2023, such as Leporello, then the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni (Brin de Voix Ensemble and at the Festival of Sausset-les-Pins); he is solo baritone within the Alkymia Ensemble which specializes in Bolivian baroque music; he plays Verdi's Vela on stage and different roles of Claude Terrasse's work in a recording studio with Kainos Ensemble. All of this while carrying his work with Spirito Ensemble in Lyon and at the Opera de Lyon, joining various productions such as the prestigious Opera Festival of Aix en Provence this summer.
Praised for his rich and expressive voice, Quebec Dominic Veilleux is an alumnus of the Calgary Opera McPhee Artist Program, where he was seen as Marchese d’Obigny (La traviata), Zuniga (Carmen) and Le Fauteuil and L’Arbre (L’enfant et les sortilèges), among others. A regular guest of Opéra de Québec, he sang the roles of D’Estillac (La veuve joyeuse), Marco (Gianni Schicchi) and Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia). Next May, he will return to Quebec City to sing the role of Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus. On the concert stage, he sang Händel’s Messiah, Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle and Bach Easter oratorios. Dominic was a finalist of the prestigious Prix d’Europe and the Concours international de chant de Marmande.
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Antoine Pluche, a bass-baritone, played the violin as a first instrument. He then turned to lyrical singing with soprano Sophie Hervé in Paris’ conservatories and graduated from the CRR de Paris. Among his roles, he has been Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Le Marquis in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Golaud in Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande and also the bass solo in Handel’s Messiah or Purcell’s Hymn to St Cecilia. He joined the creation of Arlequin’s Caravan at Tours’ opera house in the role of Pantalone, a show still touring in France. As a bass in the choir, Antoine has joined the opera houses of Avignon, Marseille, Montpellier and Toulon for, among others, Tchaikovski’s Queen of Spades, Verdi’s Macbeth, Bizet’s Carmen and also Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots. At the theatre, he has created the role of Michal in Mac Donnagh’s Pillowman.
Trained by Christine Schweitzer and Antoine Palloc, Stéphane Bertolone joins the Paris Choir Orchestra in 2013, with which he performs notably at Salle Pleyel,Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Philharmonie de Paris and even in the Cathédrale Notre-Dame. There he tackles a vast symphonic repertory among which the German requiem of Brahms, the Stabat mater of Rossini, the Requiem of Fauré or the Mass in C of Mozart. In 2018 he joins the international professional training for choir artists (FIPAC) at the Monte-Carlo Opera House. During this season, he participates in many productions of Operas (Luisa Miller, Falstaff ...) and also sing at Chorégies d'Orange for the production of William Tell by Rossini and in Nancy for the Magic Flute. As a soloist, he performs on the stage of the Sporting club of Monte-Carlo accompanied by the Prince's orchestra, at the Monte-Carlo Opera with its philharmonic orchestra, and in various Parisian theaters (Adyar theater, Gymnase theater ...) where he sings lyrical repertoire and musicals. In 2020 he plays Giorgio Germont in La Traviata with the company l’operassemble.
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Hugo Tranchant made his debut at the Capitole de Toulouse in l’Enfant et les Sortilèges (The little old man) by Ravel in 2013. He sang the roles of Gastone (la Traviata by Verdi) Goro (Madama Butterfly Puccini), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni Mozart) Candide (title role Bernstein), Almaviva (the Barber of Seville Rossini) Don Fabrizio (L’Oca del Cairo by Mozart), Oronte (Alcina Haendel), The Sailor (Dido & Aeneas by Purcell) and more than a dozen operetta roles in Offenbach, Lehár, Halévy, Lecocq, Yvain, Grisard and Nadaud. As a solo artist he sang at the Operas of Ferrara, Avignon, Vichy, Massy and Angers and also at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne. Along with his university studies in English and Italian, Hugo graduated from the Conservatory of Rennes and ISDAT, Toulouse. He also studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Tartini di Trieste, Italy and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hanover, Germany.
Valentin obtained his DEM (diploma in musical studies) at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique of Cannes. In recent years, he has appeared in many operas by Mozart, César Franck, Verdi, Gounod… In 2017, he participated in the French tour of Les Misérables The French Musical Concert. Recently he was Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto and also Tamino in Mozart's Magic Flute.
Noah was born in Beijing, he is 11 years old now. He lived in Beijing for the past 10 years where he studied at Lycée Français de Pékin and joined a chorale from age of 6.
This year he moved to Shanghai and is now a 6th grade student at Lycee Francais de Shanghai.
Noah is passionate with music and acting, he plays drums and piano. He also enjoys practicing football, Kendo and tennis.
Lucas is 11 years old. He was born in Paris and has French and Greek nationalities. He arrived in China in 2016 with his parents. He has 2 siblings, Antoine (7 y.o.) and Anna (3 y.o.). He speaks French, Mandarin, English and Greek.
He is studying at the French international School in Shanghai.
He has 2 passions: singing and formula 1! He started piano lessons when he was 6, and takes singing classes since last year. He is also member of his school’s choir. On top of music, he also likes to do sports and plays soccer, tennis and ping-pong.
Liya is 8 years old. She is half French and half Chinese, and she is very proud of having multiculture. Liya is passionate about acting since a little kid. Then she has started practicing in an English children’s music drama troupe since last year, and participated in the show. She enjoys being on the stage so much. Besides singing and acting, she is also very interested in reading, sports and piano. Currently, she is a grade 9 student at Shanghai French School. Liya loves very much her school life.
Celia is a 9-year-old pupil at the Shanghai French School.
She is passionate about singing, dancing, and writing short stories in Chinese, French or in English.
Contemporary and K-pop dances are her favorite activities, and she had the opportunity to perform several shows with her classmates in Shanghai.
She also enjoys creating new games a lot and trying them out with her family and friends.
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