Paul Groves

Paul Groves : Oh moment delicieux! - Alceste, au noms des dieux - Alceste (C. W. Gluck)

"Oh moment delicieux! - Bannis la crainte et les alarmes"
"Alceste, au noms des dieux"

A native of Louisiana, Paul Groves studied at the Juilliard Opera Center and with the Metropolitan Young Artist’s Program. He made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera as Steuermann in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman while still a student. On the advice of James Levine, the Met’s artistic director, Groves then headed across the Atlantic to get a taste of various European stages, making his debut at La Scala Milan in 1996 as Tamino in The Magic Flute. Mozart was to remain the mainstay of his repertoire, although he also gained considerable experience in roles by Rossini, Bellini, Doni-zetti, Verdi, Berlioz and Massenet. In terms of vocal development, Paul Groves has always followed the example set by his mentor figures Nicolai Gedda and Alfredo Kraus, both of whom selected their roles strictly according to vocal criteria, refusing to take on more glamorous parts simply to enhance star quality.