For Jean-Yves the 1995-96 opera season was a dream come true. He debuted at the MET.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet as the pianist in the opera 'Fedora'

Yes, in a real opera on the stage of the great opera house. He played the non-singing role of the Chopinesque pianist-spy, Lazinski, in Umberto Giordano's Fedora. He is a long-time fan of Mirella Freni and Placido Domingo, and being on stage with them was an absolute thrill. The MET must have been as thrilled to have had a real-life dashing pianist play the role of a dashing pianist.

Playing theChopin-like nocturne was easy, it was the acting that somewhat fazed him. But he pulled it off quite nicely - after all, with his elegant bearing and his Lisztian lock of flaxen hair, he did look the part.

Here he is shown with soprano Ainhoa Arteta in the scene where he dazzles the guests as a bon vivant beau and piano player, and - backstage after an evening's performance - with the great Mirella Freni who sang the title role and whom Jean-Yves met for the first time on the set.
And so Jean-Yves Thibaudet's ' love affair with opera continues.... It will go on for as long as he believes the voice is the most beautiful musical instrument and his role as an artist is to make the piano sing. - FanFaire'98

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The Jean-Yves Thibaudet Pages
Cover Profile In Concert-OCPAC A Recording Artist With Bell & Mork Calendar
A Love for Opera: Caballe&Fassbänder with Cecilia Bartoli with Hvorostovsky & Kirchschlager in Fedora at the MET
& the BBC Symphony LA Concert JY Reflects on Duke La Jolla Recital Joie de vivre! Thibaudet Triomphant

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