studied with Régine Crespin and Gabriel Bacquier at the Conservatoire in Paris,
Jean-Luc Chaignaud entered the Ecole d’Art Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris.
1988 is the year of
the debut of his international career thanks to Christa Ludwig.
For Deutsche Grammophon he records in 1989 the role of Silvano
in Ballo in Maschera with the Wiener Philharmoniker under the
conduction of Herbert von Karajan and sings this role also at the Salzbourg
In 1991 he becomes member of the Vienna State Opera, where he sings the great
roles of his repertoire: Marcello/Bohème,
Belcore/Elisir d’Amore, Il
Conte/Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo/Così
fan tutte, the title role in Don
Giovanni, Escamillo/Carmen, Lescaut/Manon, Figaro/Il
Barbiere di Siviglia, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly etc…
In 1992 he makes his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the Hamburg State
Opera in Le Nozze di Figaro and at
Bregenz Festival in Escamillo/Carmen.
In 1993 he makes his debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan in Ford/Falstaff under the conduction of Riccardo Muti.
In 2000 he made his successful debut at the New York’s MET in a series of Marcello/Bohème. He has been invited again to the MET in 2005 for the role
of Lescaut in Manon.
His career leads him in to the major opera houses, including Vienna, Berlin,
Munich, Hamburg, Bonn, Köln, Dresden, the Schleswig Holstein Festival (M°
Eschenbach), Paris (Théâtre du Châtelet under M° Boulez, Opéra Bastille),
Festival d’Aix en Provence, Bregenz Festival, London, Teatro La Fenice in
Venice, Florence (M° Sinopoli and M° Oren), Genova, Trieste (M° Oren), The
Rotterdam Festival (M° Gergiev), Tel Aviv, Geneva, Athens, Barcelona/Liceu,
recently he has sung the role of Escamillo/Carmen in Oslo, Mephisto/Faust’s
Damnation in Estonia, Bartolo/Barbiere di Siviglia in Nice, Conte/Nozze
di Figaro in Lausanne, Sharpless/Madama Butterfly in Toulouse, Germont/La
Traviata in Athens, Belcore/Elisir d’Amore at the Liceu in Barcelona, Garibaldi en Sicile at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Arabella
at Deutsche Oper in Berlin and Valentin/Faust in Bilbao.