Born in northern France, Bernard Deletré won a first prize in voice from the Conservatoire National Supérieur of Music in Paris. He began his career performing the standard repertory, contemporary music and musical theater, and was engaged by William Christie in 1987 for the production of Lully’s Atys with Les Arts Florissants. Since then, he has participated in many important productions of baroque operas in France and abroad, in particular in North America where he is regularly invited (New York City Opera, Glimmerglass, Opera Lafayette, Boston Early Music Festival, and Montreal Baroque, among others). For the past few years he has made a concerted effort in broadening his activities to include works from the standard repertory (Bellini’s I Puritani, Janáček’s Katya Kabanova and The Cunning Little Vixen, Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman, etc.), which he has performed in France as well as in Geneva, the Netherlands and Great Britain. Equally gifted as a comedic actor and a stage director, he was highly praised for his portrayal of Jean de La Fontaine in Daniel Soulier’s play, La Veuve et le grillon, performed at the Péniche Opéra, and has staged several spectacles of musical theater and opera while helping to train young professional singers. Mr. Deletré can be heard on over forty recordings for labels including as Adda, Opus 111, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, and Naxos.