Swiss tenor Emiliano Gonzalez Toro is an acclaimed performer of baroque music, particularly in Monteverdi: L’Orfeo with Ottavio Dantone and Ryo Terakado; L’Incoronazione di Poppea with Alessandro de Marchi, Emmanuelle Haïm, Christophe Rousset and Ottavio Dantone; Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria with Emmanuelle Haïm, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Christophe Rousset, Atilio Cremonesi and Ryo Terakado; Vespro della beata Vergine with René Jacobs, Michel Corboz, Gabriel Garrido, Christina Pluhar and Raphaël Pichon. Let us also quote Cavalli: Elena in Aix- en-Provence, Eliogabalo at the Paris Opera, or La Calisto at the Staatsoper in Munich.
The other artistic line of Emiliano Gonzalez Toro is French baroque opera. Rameau occupies an important place: let us quote the title roles of Platée with Christophe Rousset and Dardanus with Raphaël Pichon; The Paladins with William Christie. Lully also with Roland, Alceste or Phaëton with Christophe Rousset, Sémélé de Marais with Hervé Niquet. He also sings Vivaldi (Farnace with Diego Fasolis, Giustino with Ottavio Dantone), or Händel - Messiah with Hervé Niquet and Rodrigo with Thibault Noally.
In his important discography, one counts numerous discs with Les Talens lyriques, Il Giustino and Farnace by Vivaldi, the Short Masses and the Mass in B by Bach with Pygmalion; Monteverdi’s Vespers with the Orlando Friborg Ensemble, Pygmalion and L’Arpeggiata. In 2016, Te recuerdo was released, an album tribute to the New Chilean song of the 1970s, recorded with his father, Pancho Gonzalez, with the great Rolando Villazon and Ophélie Gaillard.
for his work in repertoires covering the 17th and 18th centuries and is sought after for concerts and opera productions on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2011, he was invited by the Festival d’Aix- en-Provence, to play Corydon in Händel’s Acis and Galatea, a production which subsequently toured to La Fenice in Venice. During this period, William Christie selected him to join the ranks of the Jardin des Voix, the prestigious academy for young singers with the Arts Florissants. Zachary subsequently relocated to France which he now calls home.
He continues to work with many eminent ensembles such as Ensemble Pygmalion, Les Arts Florissants, L’Arpeggiata, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert d’Astrée, Le Poème Harmonique, Le Concert Spirituel, Bach Collegium Japan, the Boston Early Music Festival, Cappella Mediterranea, Collegium Vocale Gent, Early Music Vancouver, English Baroque Soloists, Ensemble Matheus, I Gemelli, the Handel & Haydn Society, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Recent highlights from previous seasons include a seven month tour celebrating the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, where he performed the roles of Eurimaco in Il Ritorno d’Ulisse and Lucano in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, The Tale of Genji as the Spirit of Light at Kabukiza led by Ebizo Ichikawa, the Rolex Concert led by Rolando Villazon at the Opera de Paris, and numerous tours with Bach Collegium Japan in Europe, the United States, and Japan.
In 2018, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro and Mathilde Etienne founded I Gemelli, a group specializing in 17th century vocal music. The purpose of the ensemble is to defend the major pieces of this period, such as lesser-known or even unpublished scores. I Gemelli is characterized by a speci c musical direction: the dynamics start from the singing and the staging, continuo and orchestra being considered as an expansion of the voice.
Unlike a direction coming from the pit, the ensemble obeys the in ections of a singer-director in a research that is both melodic and declamatory, following the rhetoric of the text. Historically informed, I Gemelli performs on ancient instruments, working closely with academics and musicologists in the development of each program. The guest artists come from the new generation of singers and musicians, or are essential talents on the international scene.
The first three records of the ensemble received the highest distinctions: Diapason d’or de l’année, CHOC by Classica, FFFF by Télérama, Diamant d’Opéra magazine, OperaNews Critic’s choice, Album of the week for the Figaro, the Sunday Times etc.
I Gemelli is supported by Ms. Aline Foriel-Destezet.