Ivan Thirion



  • Accepted to the Royal Conservatory in Brussels at the age of 17
  • Operatic debut as Papageno at Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège 
  • 2012 performed Figaro in a production with the Opéra de Montpellier
  • Prizewinner at the Belvedere Competition in Amsterdam.
  • Since 2014/15 member of the Zurich Opera studio.


Born in Belgium in 1990, the young baritone was accepted into the Royal Conservatory in Brussels at the age of 17, where he studied under Belgian baritone Marcel Vanaud.

His operatic debut was on the stage of Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège singing Papageno in Mozart‘s Die Zauberflöte. In 2009, following his success in this role, the theatre engaged him as l‘Ogre in Aubert‘s La Forêt Bleue and as Gazella in Donizetti‘s Lucrezia Borgia alongside June Anderson and Ismael Jordi.

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During the 2010/11 season, he toured Belgium as Schaunard in a production of La Bohème with Théâtre du Tumulte, sang Tomaso in Un Ballo in Maschera and Marcello in La Bohème at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, and made his debut at the Opéra de Rouen as Papageno. From 2011-13, he was accepted into the CNIPAL Opera Studio in Marseille, where he appeared in many recitals and productions with collaborating French theatres such as Marseille, Avignon, Toulon, Nancy, Limoges and Bordeaux. Additionally, he performed Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro in Liège and Charleroi and Monsieur Verdic in Ne criez pas au loup at the Opéra de Rouen.

Recent engagements include Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opéra de Montpellier, directed by Jean-Paul Scarpitta, a cover of Don Carlo di Varga in La Forza del Destino in Liège, a recital and a performance in Benjamin Godard‘s La Vivandière at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, as well as Lord Cecil in Donizetti‘s Maria Stuarda at Opéra de Liège.

Ivan has always been a very active concert singer and recitalist, having performed in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Bulgaria. In July 2013, he was awarded the „Wil Keune prize for a young singer with real potential“ at the 32th edition of the Belvedere Competition in Amsterdam.

From 2014-16, Ivan was a member of the International opera studio of the Zurich opera, where he sung roles such as Ping (Turandot), Coryphee (Comte Ory) and Rodomonte in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino.

Ivan’s most recent and upcoming guest performances include the role of Lord Enrico Ashton in Donizetti‘s Lucia di Lammermoor at Opéra de Liège, Bartolo in Der Barbier von Sevilla für Kinder at the Salzburg Festival, a tour with the YSP of the Salzburg Festival to China, Serviteur and Aubergiste in Prokofieff’s L’Ange du Feu at Opéra de Lyon and Oronte in Charpentier’s Médée at the Zurich opera.


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