Stéphane Degout

Baritone

Biography

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.

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.

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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

“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