Flannan OBÉ, tenor
Flannan Obé began to study acting and singing in parallel in high school, at the Ecole Florent and several Paris conservatories (he now works on his tenor voice with Francoise Guinchat), training he has supplemented with classes in dancing (classical, modern jazz and tap). On the stage he has tackled a varied repertoire ranging from tragedy, in Racine and Dostoyevsky, to farce, in Feydeau, Guitry, Labiche, and Courteline.
He also regularly tries his hand at directing, most notably in Yves Hunstadt’s Gilbert sur scene and Yukio Mishima’s The Tropical Tree. But it is in performances that combine theatre and song that Flannan Obé is at his happiest. For example, he devotes a great deal of his time to operetta and various roles in the Offenbach canon, but also in works by Franz Lehar, Maurice Yvain and Francis Lopez.
For seven years he was Gaston in the trio Lucienne et les Garcons, performing in Paris and the French provinces. Their second creation, Music-Hall, won the SPEDIDAM Prize at the 2006 Molieres Award Ceremony. Five years ago he joined the “Les Brigands” company for the operetta Arsene Lupin banquier by Mirande, Willemetz and Lattes, performed at the Theatre de l’Athenee and subsequently on a French tour. He was also in the Cour du Roi Petaud, a comic opera by Leo Delibes, and Au Temps des Croisades by Terrasse and Franc-Nohain.
In June 2010 he was Hermosa in the Offenbach’s one-act opera bouffe L’ile de Tulipatan at Rouen Opera, which returns in the present season at the Opera-Theatre in Saint-Etienne. Last season, Flannan Obé sang in the title role of Vincent Daenen’s La Nuit d’Elliot Fall, directed by Jean-Luc Revol at the XXeme Theatre and on tour, which was nominated as “Best Musical Show” for the 2011 Moliere Awards.
Flannan Obé is also no stranger to the writer’s art and is the composer of songs and arrangements for Lucienne et les Garcons, a one-man show, Faut Voir, and L’Envers du decor, a romantic musical comedy written and performed by him with Florence Andrieu at the Avignon Festival in 2008 and 2010, and which is currently on tour in France, Belgium and Switzerland after a two-month run at the Theatre du Ranelagh last winter. He is also the co-author of Anne Baquet’s new show, Elle etait une fois.
And lastly, he makes regular cinema and television appearances, in films such as Cedric Klapisch’s Ma part du gateau, Gerard Jugnot’s Monsieur Batignolle and Philippe Le Guay’s Du Jour au lendemain, in TV films such as Un Amour a taire and On choisit pas ses parents, as well as in television series such as Rastignac ou les ambitieux and Avocats et Associes and Clara Sheller on the France 2 channel.