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Internationally-acclaimed 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. Degout gained international attention when he made a triumphant debut as Papageno at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 1999. Since then, he has appeared at the Opera de Paris (La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Così fan tutte, Iphigénie en Tauride, Le nozze di Figaro, Tannhaüser, Hippolyte et Aricie and Pelléas et Mélisande), the Berlin Staatsoper (Orfeo), the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Orfeo, Pelléas et Mélisande, Così fan tutte, La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro and Iphigénie en Tauride), the Theater an der Wien (Così fan tutte, Orfeo, Pelléas et Mélisande and Hamlet), the Royal Opera House in London (La Cenerentola, Roméo et Juliette and Così fan tutte), the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Die Zauberflöte) and the Metropolitan Opera (Roméo et Juliette, Die

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Internationally-acclaimed 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.

Degout gained international attention when he made a triumphant debut as Papageno at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 1999. Since then, he has appeared at the Opera de Paris (La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Così fan tutte, Iphigénie en Tauride, Le nozze di Figaro, Tannhaüser, Hippolyte et Aricie and Pelléas et Mélisande), the Berlin Staatsoper (Orfeo), the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Orfeo, Pelléas et Mélisande, Così fan tutte, La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro and Iphigénie en Tauride), the Theater an der Wien (Così fan tutte, Orfeo, Pelléas et Mélisande and Hamlet), the Royal Opera House in London (La Cenerentola, Roméo et Juliette and Così fan tutte), the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Die Zauberflöte) and the Metropolitan Opera (Roméo et Juliette, Die Zauberflöte, Pelléas et Mélisande and Le Comte Ory), Tearo all Scala (Le Comte Ory), and the Bayerische Staatsoper (La Nozze di Figaro). He has also performed at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Holland, Aix en Provence and Chorégies d’Oranges festivals.

Equally renowned as a recitalist and concert singer, Stéphane Degout regularly performs in recitals in Paris, Montpellier, Brussels, London, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam and New York. He recently made his début at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti.

Mr. Degout has recorded Werther and Così fan tutte (in the production of Patrice Chéreau for the Aix Festival), Pelléas et Mélisande along with Le Comte Ory (Metropolitan Opera) in DVD format for Virgin Classics. He has recorded Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem (piano version) and the Fauré Requiem for Naïve as well as La Bohème for Deutsche Grammophon. ‘Mélodies’, dedicated to the French repertoire, is the first CD he has recorded in the context of a new collaboration with Naïve Records.

In the season 2014/2015, he returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Opera de Paris (Pelléas), and the Theater an der Wien.

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 awarded the prize ‘Lyrical Artist of the Year’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique 2012. In addition, he was named Beste männliche Hauptrolle in June 2013 at the Musictheaterpreises for his title-role in Hamlet.


2014 – 2015 Season
Last updated 01/04/14

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Reviews

"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 !
[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!]"

Claude Jottrand, Forum Opéra

"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.
[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.]"

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.
[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.]"

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

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Discography