The London-born tenor Gilles Bersier discovered singing with “Les Petits Chanteurs de Fribourg” under the direction of Abbé Pierre Kaelin. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Tucson, Arizona. The Migros, Rotary & Lions Club scholar perfected his skills with the master Cornelius Reid of Columbia University in New York.
In concert, Gilles Bersier is regularly invited to sing works from the great repertoire: the Messe en Si de JS Bach, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass, Haydn’s Creation, Stabat Mater and Theresienmesse, César Franck’s Seven Words of Christ on the Cross and Beatitudes, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Stabat Mater, Bizet and Bruckner’s Te Deum, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Saint-Saëns’ Requiem, Dvoràk’s Stabat Mater, Mascagni and Puccini’s Missa di Gloria, Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Verdi’s Requiem and recently Beethoven’s 9th Symphony Symphony.
On stage, Gilles Bersier has played the Count in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata with Wesport Art Center, the title role in Titus’ La Clemence with West Side Opera of New York, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tuttè and Rodolfo in La Bohème with Opera Forum of New York; Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the New Opera Festival di Roma (Italy); Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the Woodcutter in Jean-François Monot’s La Chemise with the Opéra du Rhône; Candide in Bernstein’s Candide with the Ensemble ProClassica; and Orpheus in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld with the Agaune Opéra.
Gilles Bersier also enjoys working with contemporary composers with creative flair. He premiered Dominique Gesseney-Rappo’s Nunc Dimitis at Merkin Hall in New York with the Sine Nomine Quartet, Kurt Müller Klusman’s Das Orakel, Guy Bovet’s cantata Othon de Grandson, the Quintet du Rhône Gaillouf in the Usine de Fully, Jean-François Monot’s Requiem, Pierre Huwiler’s Dolor and Thierry Besançon’s Landwehrland.