Young Swiss Tenor Remy Burnens is finding regular success on the opera and concert stages across Switzerland and Germany. Often praised for his exhilarating coloratura, brilliant high notes, his velvety timbre and immaculate diction, he feels equally at ease in the world of opera, oratorio and lied. He studied voice with Peter Brechbühler in Lucerne and Malcolm Walker in Paris. Masterclasses with Raul Giménez and Filippo Morace furthered his musical education.
Quickly turning into one of the most sought-after specialists of Rossini and Mozart in his native Switzerland and abroad, he has performed roles such as Tonio, Elvino, Belmonte, Ferrando, Nemorino, and Beppe (Rita) He is regular guest at the BelCanto Festival Rossini Bad Wildbad, where he sang the roles of Gernando in Garcia’s L’isola disabitata and Dormont in the festival’s production of La Scala di Seta under Peréz-Sierra. In 2022 he will sing Conte Almaviva in concert version of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and as debut as Argirio in Rossini’s Tancredi in Theater Biel / Solothurn in Switzerland.
On top of the work on the operatic stage, Remy Burnens has earned a reputation as a sought-after concert singer. He performs regularly in concerts across Switzerland, where he maintains a broad repertoire of oratorio ranging from baroque to modern. As one of the core soloists of the Accademia Barocca Lucernensis he is working with one of the leading Swiss ensembles in historically informed performance. Their first CD “Sacred Music for the Dresden Cathedral”, featuring music by Zelenka and Hasse was released in 2019 through PanClassics.
Remy Burnens is an avid performer of lied and loves to find innovative ways of reintroducing its repertoire to the world. Aside from focussing on German greats like Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms, his loves to perform English and French songs of the early 20th century. Together with Swiss Pianist Clémence Hirt he founded Duo Dalùna in 2018. Their first CD, “A Song in the Wood”, featuring a selection of songs by Britten, Head, and Quilter was released in 2021. The Duo was awarded the 3rd Prize at the inaugural Bolko von Hochberg Song Competition in Goerlitz and has performed at song festivals across Switzerland.
Remy Burnens was awarded a special prize for best international singer at the 2021 gala of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Montréal, Canada. Additionally, he won prizes at the 2020 and 2021 Elvirissima Competition in Switzerland, as well as the Edwin Fischer Memorial Prize 2017, as well as the prize of the Foundation for Young Music Talents Meggen (2016/2017) He also was a finalist at the 9th International Competition for Baroque Opera “Pietro Antonio Cesti” in 2018. He received scholarships from the Migros Kulturprozent (2017) and from the Foundation Friedl Wald Basel (2015)