St├ęphane Degout BARITONE

Internationally-acclaimed French baritone Stéphane 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 BohèmeDie ZauberflöteAriadne auf NaxosCosì fan tutteIphigénie en TaurideLe nozze di FigaroTannhaüserHippolyte et Aricie and Pelléas et Mélisande), the Berlin Staatsoper (Orfeo), the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (OrfeoPelléas et MélisandeCosì fan tutteLa BohèmeDie ZauberflöteLe nozze di Figaro and Iphigénie en Tauride), the Theater an der Wien (Così fan tutteOrfeoPelléas et Mélisande and Hamlet), the Royal Opera House in London (La CenerentolaRoméo et Juliette and Così fan tutte), the Lyric Opera of Chicago (Die Zauberflöte) and the Metropolitan Opera (Roméo et JulietteDie ZauberflötePelléas et Mélisande and Le Comte Ory). 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, London, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam and New York. He recently made his début at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti.

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.

He returned this season to the Festival of Glyndebourne and will soon make his début at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich (Le nozze di Figaro) and at La Scala in Milan (Comte Ory).

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.