Valentin Thill, tenor
Born in Rouen in 1993, Valentin Thill grew up in Toulon. Passionate about musicals and opera from a very young age, he began singing in a singing school at Sanary-sur-Mer at the age of 14.
He won the “Concours des disques d’or” in August 2011. Parallel to his studies in Product Design, he began studying opera singing in 2013 with the baritone Frédéric Jean. As soon as he obtained his BTS certificate, he decided to devote himself fully to music, and in 2014 he entered the Opera Singing program at the Darius Milhaud Conservatoire in Aix-en-Provence.
In 2016 he won the International Lied and Melody Competition of Gordes, chaired by Raymond Duffaut. In May 2017 he performed the main role in the opera Ixibab, an original creation, at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume in Aix-en-Provence. In 2017 he joined the conservatoire’s specialized opera singing cycle (pre-professional). In January 2018, at the age of 24, he won the Dussurget Prize (emerging talent), and took part in the opera show “Musiques en Fêtes” at the Chorégies d’Orange, broadcast live on France 3 in June 2018. That same year, he received the Dussurget Prize for “emerging talent”, awarded by José van Dam, in Aix-en-Provence.
In March 2019, he played the title role of I. Stravinsky’s opera Mavra in Ghent. He then participated in a master class by Rolando Villazon in the context of the Easter Festival of Aix-en-Provence. He has performed the roles of Harlequin and the Soldier in V. Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Camp des Milles. As a soloist, he sang Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle at the Waterloo Festival and made his debut as Don José in Bizet’s opera Carmen in June 2019 at the Grans Opera Festival. In September he took part in the “Concours du Capitole,” the competition of the Toulouse Opera House.
Since September 2018 Valentin has been artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of José van Dam and Sophie Koch.