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French baritone Stephane Degout graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and then became a member of the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Lyon. He gained international attention in his debut as Papageno at the Festival d’Aix. Since then, he has appeared on the major operatic stages, namely the Opera de Paris, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the Theater an der Wien, the Royal Opera House in London, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro all Scala, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. He has also performed at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and Chorégies d’Oranges festivals. The roles he has recently performed include Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Wolfram (Tannhaüser), Raimbaud (Comte Ory), Thésée (Hippolyte & Aricie), Dandini (Cenerentola), Mercutio, Pelléas (Pelléas & Mélisande), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) le Comte Almaviva (Nozze di Figaro) and the title roles in Thomas’ Hamlet and Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Equally renowned as a recitalist and concert singer, Stéphane Degout performs with great pleasure French

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French baritone Stephane Degout graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and then became a member of the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Lyon.

He gained international attention in his debut as Papageno at the Festival d’Aix.
Since then, he has appeared on the major operatic stages, namely the Opera de Paris, the Berlin Staatsoper, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the Theater an der Wien, the Royal Opera House in London, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro all Scala, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. He has also performed at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence and Chorégies d’Oranges festivals.
The roles he has recently performed include Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Wolfram (Tannhaüser), Raimbaud (Comte Ory), Thésée (Hippolyte & Aricie), Dandini (Cenerentola), Mercutio, Pelléas (Pelléas & Mélisande), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) le Comte Almaviva (Nozze di Figaro) and the title roles in Thomas’ Hamlet and Monteverdi’s Orfeo.

Equally renowned as a recitalist and concert singer, Stéphane Degout performs with great pleasure French melody and Lieder and has made many International recital tours, including appearances in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels or New York. Recent concert highlights include performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen.

He starts the 2016/2017 season at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam with Les Nozze di Figaro and then returns to La Monnaie for a new production of Capriccio and to the Aix-en-Provence Festival for a creation. In addition to a recital tour in Europe, this active concert artist will sing under the baton of under René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson and Raphaël Pichon.

Mr. Degout has recorded Werther, Così fan tutte, Pelléas et Mélisande, Le Comte Ory (Metropolitan Opera), Hippolyte & Aricie, Les Boréades in DVD format. He has recorded Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem (piano version), the Fauré Requiem and ‘Mélodies’, dedicated to the French repertoire for Naïve as well as La Bohème for Deutsche Grammophon.

Stéphane Degout was appointed ‘Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ in September 2012; a prestigious award which recognises ‘significant contribution to the enrichment of French cultural inheritance’. He was also named ‘Lyrical Artist of the Year’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique award ceremony in 2012.

 

2016 - 2017 Season
Last updated 01 Sept 2016

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"Sur un plan musical, sa performance (Pelléas) est tout simplement époustouflante d'intensité dramatique, de bout en bout. La voix au timbre de plus en plus riche domine toutes les difficultés du rôle; la diction est parfaite, on comprend chaque mot (preuve que, oui, c'est possible !) et chaque mot est investi. Une magistrale leçon de chant français !<br><font size="2"><FONT COLOR="#798081">[Musically, his performance (as Pelléas) is simply breathtaking in dramatic intensity, from the beginning to the end. His voice, which has a timbre that becomes richer and richer with time, dominates all of the role’s difficulties. His diction is perfect; one understands every word (proof that it is indeed possible!) and each word fully incarnates its meaning. It is an exemplary lesson in French singing!]</font></font>"

Claude Jottrand, Forum Opéra

"Un allemand incisif, explicite, sans affectation d’ailleurs, sans rien de souligné ni d’emphatique. Le texte seulement avec, là où il faut, cet éclairement subit, ce sens intuitif d’une sorte de modulation d’âme... - Stéphane Degout au sommet"

André Tubeuf, L'oeil et l'oreille

"A particularly fine performance from Stéphane Degout as the Count : Degout, a wonderfully patrician singer with a handsome, ringing tone, has an innate charm that can turn to menace in a flash: it’s a superbly accomplished characterisation. "

Tim Ashley, The Guardian

"Stephane Degout, a memorable Papageno in Lyric Opera’s Magic Flute of 2011-12, proved equally inspired as the strange and doomed Pelleas. In addition to his idiomatic singing, the French baritone brought quicksilver agility and virile heft to a character that can often seem weak and effete. Degout was at his finest in the love scenes with Carlstedt’s Melisande, delivering ardent and impassioned vocalism."

Lawrence A. Johnson, The Chicago Classical Review

"At the Palais Garnier, the visual treat is also a vocal delight. Baritone Stéphane Degout, in beautiful voice, is magisterial as Theseus."

Judy Fayard, The Wall Street Journal

"Avec Stéphane Degout, Thésée reçoit une incarnation exemplaire […] Les inflexions presque rocailleuses de la voix, valorisées par une technique qui recherche toujours la luminosité de l’émission, traduisent à la perfection les contrastes qui s’affrontent dans l’âme du héros.<br><font size="2"><FONT COLOR="#798081">[Stéphane Degout’s portrayal of Thésée is exemplary […] His near-gravely vocal inflexions, highlighted by a technique that always puts forth the brightness of the delivery, translate the contradicting feelings that confront each other in the protagonist’s soul to perfection.]</font></font>"

Gilles Charlassier, Classique Info

"D’autant que la distribution vocale confine à l’excellence, avec au premier chef l’incarnation du rôle-titre par Stéphane Degout. Doté d’un timbre charnu et d’une diction impeccable, le baryton français a gagné en assurance et en profondeur depuis sa prise de rôle alsacienne en juin dernier. Avec ses inflexions rocailleuses qui jalonnent les complexités psychologiques du prince du Danemark, il s’affirme comme l’Hamlet du moment.<br><font size="2"><FONT COLOR="#798081">[The vocal distribution borders on excellence, starting with Stéphane Degout’s performance in the title-role. The French baritone who has a rich timbre and impeccable diction has become more confident and has gained depth since his Alsatian début last June. With his gravely inflections that mirror the Danish prince’s psychological complexities, he became today’s best Hamlet.]</font></font>"

Gilles Charlassier, Concert Classic

"In the title role, Stéphane Degout draws on an impeccable technique to fulfill the score's demands, and shape the finest of pianissimi through effortless fortissimi with his burnish lyric baritone. He is truly in the line of his great compatriot predecessors […] His tormented portrayal is almost omnipresent on stage throughout the evening."

Moore Parker, The Opera Critic

"Degout matched her with a baritonally rock-solid Papageno who threw himself into his singing and clowning with elegant gusto."

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

"The French baritone comes through with lush golden tones and gives a hoot of a comic portrayal. "

Betty Mohr, Southtown Star

"It’s a testament to the artistry of Cabell and Castronovo that they managed to hold their own against Stephane Degout’s knockout Lyric debut as Papageno. The French baritone possesses a robust voice, easily able to handle the demands of the score. In a signature role, Degout delivered a larger-then-life performance as the earthy bird-catcher — genuinely funny without ever going over the top, and handling the staging’s daunting demands with physical grace and unflagging energy. As with Castronovo, this is a singer we need to have back soon."

Lawrence A. Johnson, The Classical Review

"Une présence scénique rare chez un chanteur d’opéra Pour s’attacher cet artiste salué pour sa voix au timbre cuivré, la souplesse de ses phrasés, une ligne de chant solide et d’une remarquable intelligence musicale doublée d’une présence scénique rare chez les chanteurs d’opéra, il faut anticiper."

Antonio Mafra, Le Progrès

"Stéphane Degout, baryton d'une rare élégance, tant sur le plan de la ligne que du timbre"

Judith Chaine, Télérama, Sortir Paris

"Stéphane Degout affiche une santé vocale plus éblouissante que jamais, avec une insolence de la projection, une homogénéité sur toute la longeur du registre et une tenue de ligne absolument remarquables. "

Thierry Guyenne, Opéra Magazine

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