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Stéphane Degout
Baritone, Hamlet

Stéphane Degout studied at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique (CNSM) and was a member of Opéra de Lyon. He made his operatic debut in 1999 at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Since then, he has sung for the Paris Opéra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Berlin State Opera, La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Teatro Real and Bavarian State Opera, and at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Ravinia festivals. His repertoire includes Thésée (Hippolyte et Aricie), Hercule (Alceste), Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Count Almaviva, Valentin (Faust), Raimbaud (Le comte Ory), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Albert (Werther), Rodrigue (Don Carlos), Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Ford (Falstaff), the title roles in Hamlet, Eugene Onegin, Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Ulisse, and Wozzeck.

His dedication has seen him create numerous operatic roles in works such as Benoît in Mernier’s La Dispute, Philippe Boesmans’ Au Monde and Pinocchio, George Benjamin’s Lessons in Love and Violence.

In 2012, he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, a prestigious award that recognizes significant contributions to the enrichment of French cultural heritage. In 2012 and 2019 he was named Lyrical Artist of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique awards.

Stéphane Degout is renowned for his highly sensitive interpretations of French melody and German Lied. He has worked under the guidance of Ruben Lifschitz and has toured internationally. Alongside several DVD opera recordings, he has recorded CDs with B Records (Histoires Naturelles, Das Lied von der Erde) and Harmonia Mundi (Enfers, Matthäus-Passion, Mein Traum, Harmonie du Soir, a “lieder and balladen” collection titled Epic, Berlioz’s Les nuits d’eté, and others).

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