Bachelor in musicology from the Sorbonne University, François Lis was awarded at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2003 and continued his vocal studies at the Mozarteum of Salzburg and in the Merola programme at the San Francisco Opera. In 2005 he was nominated “Révélation Lyrique” at the “Victoires de la Musique 2005”
After singing several productions at the Conservatoire National de Paris including Seneca, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Sarastro, Die Zauberflöte, François Lis embarked on his career: King Arthur in Lille, Poppea, Les Boréades in Lyon…and was soon invited internationally; Les Paladins in Bâle, Jupiter in Platée at la Monnaie, Colline, La Bohème in Amsterdam and Les Boréades in Zurich.
François Lis has widened his repertoire with time and has sung the role of Alidoro in la Cenerentola at la Monnaie, Narbal, Les Troyens at l’Opera du Rhin, Zuniga at Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse and Théâtre du Chatelet Paris, Escamillio at Skopje Festival, Asdrubalde, La Pietra del Paragone at Théâtre du Chatelet, Don Giovanni with Opera Fuoco…
He has subsequently made his debut in the title role in le Nozze di Figaro with William Christie at Opéra de Lyon, which he reprised at the Dublin Opera the same year. He also sang Hippolyte et Aricie at Capitole de Toulouse, Platée at Opéra national du Rhin, Dardanus in Lille, and Don Giovanni at Théâtre des Champs Elysées. In 2011 he made his noted debut in the role of Marcel, Les Huguenots at la Monnaie.
In 2012 and 2013, he participated in the creation of Fénelon’ JJR, Citoyen de Genève and made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival in Hippolyte et Aricie. He also debuted in the summer of 2012 at the Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles in Carmen under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel, under whom he also sang the role of Zuniga, Caracas and at la Scala.
At the Opéra de Paris, productions include Alcina, Platée, Aridane auf Naxos, la Traviata, la Forza del Destino and L’enfant et les Sortilèges…
He regularly collaborates with acclaimed conductors such as Emmanuelle Haïm, Marc Minkowski, William Christie, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Philippe Jordan, Michel Plasson, Myung Whun Chung, Emmanuel Krivine, Alain Altinoglu, Jun Märkl, Christophe Rousset, Jérémy Rohrer, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniele Callegari, Oleg Caetani, Daniel Oren, Riccardo Frizza and Paul Daniel.
François Lis is also in demand as a concert singer. He appeared at the Festival of Radio France in il Re Teodoro de Paisilllo; Montpellier for Massenet’s Thérèse, which was released on CD; and has sung the Mozart Requiem at Opéra de Lyon and with the Orchestre National de France. He sang Sprecher, Die Zauberflöte under the direction of Marc Minkowski in Madrid, Don Fernando, Fidelo with Heppner and Mattila at Théâtre du Chatelet, Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher with l’Orchestre National de Lyon, Frère Laurent in Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliette in Warsaw. In 2013, he made his debut at the Festival de Saint Denis in the production l’Enfance du Christ conducted by James Conlon.
Recent engagements include La Naissance d’Osiris in Korea with Les Arts Florissants, Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Dutch National Opera, Orlando Paladino in Munich, as well as Zuniga in Carmen at the Opéra de Paris.
The 2018/2019 season will see François Lis return to the Dutch Opera in Oedipe and to Paris for Carmen. He will also sing Don Basilio (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Bordeaux and the roles of Huascar and Don Alvaro (Les Indes Galantes) at the Grand Théâtre de Génève.
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“Tous les autres rôles sont parfaitement tenus mais on distinguera en particulier le Zuniga à la présence résonnante de François Lis”
[All the other performances were perfectly fine, but it was the resonating presence of François Lis in the role of Zuniga which stood out]
“François Lis incarne quant à lui un Jupiter olympien, servi par une voix puissante et profonde: on se laisse volontiers impressionner par son tonnerre.”
[François Lis embodies a godlike Jupiter, with a voice which is both deep and powerful: the audience is willingly impressed by his thunder.]
“François Lis complète le plateau vocal de son ample voix de basse et de la dignité conférée par son jeu à son personnage de Don Pedro.”
[François Lis completes the vocal lineup with his generous bass and dignity presented through his personification of Don Pedro.]
Damien Dutilleul, Olyrix Mar 27th 2017
“François Lis, affublé d’une crête du plus bel effet pour son rôle de Schlemil, met à profit ses maigres interventions pour faire entendre sa voix puissante et noble.”
[François Lis, with a mohican which works beautifully for his role as Schlemihl, makes the most of his several interjections to show off his powerful and noble voice.]
Damien Dutilleul, Olyrix Nov 5th 2016
“…superbe Alidoro par François Lis qui, de rôle en rôle, affirme ses qualités de basse souple et de comédien.”
[superb Alidoro by François Lis who, role after role demonstrates skills in both his acting ability and his vocal flexibilty.]
Caroline Alexander, Web Théâtre Oct 20th 2008
“il est impressionnant dans son air final dans lequel il exprime tout son amour pour Clarice avec des accents doux et une émotion remarquable.’
[His final aria was impressive, in which he confesses his love for Clarice with moments of subtlety and remarkable emotion.]
Manon Ardouin, Concerto Net Jan 18th 2007