Olivier Trommenschlager was born on 19/07/1986 in Mulhouse into a family of musicians. He studied music theory from the age of 3 and trombone from 5 and obtained conservatory degrees at 16. Against all odds he decided to live for sport (basketball) while studying as an engineer.
Olivier continued his unusual career path by performing on the stage as a celebrity mimic. Success came quickly and he performed at the Avignon Festival in 2004 on his 18th birthday.
With an untrained voice, somewhere between Patrick Bruel and Elvis Presley, he performed the finale of the Figaro aria from The Barber of Seville. Sensing that his voice was beginning to develop, he programmed "Sarastro", from The Magic Flute by Mozart, into his show. For that he listened to the interpretation of this role by Samuel Ramey; this was love at first hearing. Olivier began to listen to every opera recording that his parents possessed and fell completely in love with classical singing. He decided to return to music and take singing lessons and to use his voice in a more orthodox way.
At 19 he entered the Conservatoire de Mulhouse in the class of Mrs. Wohlhutter, who introduced him to classical vocal technique, and he took part in performances in which he played Leporello, “Bastien and Bastienne’s” Colas and Pausanias from Chabrier's “L’education manquée”. Then, at the age of 21, continuing alongside his engineering studies, he moved to Lille and entered the conservatory.
Shortly after, he met Thierry Dran who became his mentor and his first artistic agent.
Things gathered pace; singing in a first time as a baritone, he won his first professional role in the summer of 2009, Le Passeur in Gounod's “Mireille”, and in April 2010 he was selected to be a member of CNIPAL (National French Opera Studio) in Marseille, at 23, for the 2010/2011 season.
During that season, he played Brissac's "Les Mousquetaires au Couvent" in Neuilly and Norton in "La Cambiale di Matrimonio" by Rossini at the Opera of Clermont Ferrand. He distinguished himself that year by becoming a finalist in the competitions of Clermont Ferrand and Marmande in the Operetta categories.
The work done within the CNIPAL, as well as advice from a number of renowned singers, Béatrice Uria Monzon, Giovanni Meoni, Alain Fondary, Guy Lacairy, Jean-Luc Ballestra, Elizabeth Vidal, André Cognet, Fabio Armiliato and Jean Pierre Furlan, steered him in a new direction for the evolution of his voice: he decided to become a tenor.
This choice pays off; he is immediately hired by Patrick Souillot for the role of the messenger in Verdi's “Aida” which he performed in Grenoble in March 2012. In May 2012 he played Rabonier in "La Rondine" by Puccini in Nancy, in a production of the Opéra National de Lorraine, directed and staged by Jose Cura.
Always eager to progress artistically, Olivier continued to solidify his technique with Alain Fondary, Jean Luc Ballestra and Guy Lacairy whilst working on his repertoire of songs with talented musical coaches Orlando Soccavo, Marion Liotard, Nina Uhari, Nino Pavlenichvili, Bob Gonella and Elizabeth Cooper.
In 2012 he played Goro in "Madama Butterfly" at the Théâtre Silvain in Marseille for the opera festival "Face à la Mer", Monostatos in a concert version of "The Magic Flute" in Strasbourg under the direction of Gabriel Mattei and the role of King Bobeche in "Blue Beard" by Offenbach in Neuilly. In 2013, his Eisentein, in a reduced version of "Die Fledermaus", performed at Theatre La Coupôle in St. Louis under the musical direction of Michel Garzia, was hailed by the press for its freshness.
He returned to Grenoble in 2013 to sing the role of Abdallo in "Nabucco" by Verdi, Stage managed by Jean Jacques Durand, and conducted by Patrick Souillot.
In June 2013 he played Emile (Gastone) in a new production of “La Traviata”, sung in French, at the Espace Cardin in Paris, and on a tour led by Romain Dumas, and staged by Frederic D'Elia. He was also invited by Elizabeth Cooper to attend his Masterclass at the Festival "Plaisirs de Musique" in Annecy.
In June 2014 he sang Kodaly’s “Psalmus Hungaricus” at the Church of St John of Grenoble conducted by Patrick Souillot accompanied by 80 singers and the Orchestra of Grenoble
Deciding to extend his international career after the contest "Opera Europa" Frankfurt in which he is awarded a laureate, he made his first appearance in Germany singing Monostatos at the Bad Orb Festival, conducted by Michael Millard, and also on tour with Opera Classica where local media praised his performances unanimously. Following these successes, he was engaged in this role by Ramfis Production for a tour throughout France in November 2014, and by “La Fabrique Opéra” di Marseille at the Dome in April 2015.
He sang his first Mozart Requiem and Bach Magnificat in Alsace in March 2015 conducted Jean-Marie Curti.
Continuing his international success, he will perform in June 2015 for the concert “Opernstars von Heute und Morgen” in the prestigious Brahms Sall of the Vienna Musikverein in Austria, following a masterclass given by Jaume Arragal in conjunction with rising stars from the world of opera such as Cristina Pasaroiu.
Olivier will return to the roles of Abdallo in “Nabucco” and the Messenger in “Aida” with Opera Classica Europa on tour in France and Germany in the summer of 2015, including a performance at Château de Buc near Versailles in the Month Festival Molière.
Olivier will make his Wagner debut in the summer of 2015 by interpreting Froh in “Das Rheingold” with the Académie Lyrique Vendôme under the direction of the Amaury Du Closel and directed by Pierre Thirion Vallet. He has also been invited to take part in the contest of “Young Wagnerian Voices” in Bayreuth.
A the end of August 2015 he will perform in München for his premiere in a title role; Verdi's “Stiffelio” with the company Opera Incognita conducted by Ernst Bartmann and staged by Andreas Wiedermann.
The National Opera of Amsterdam will open its doors in November 2015 for his Dutch debut, where he will interpret the role of Lacouf in "Les Mamelles de Tiresias" by Poulenc.