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Stéphane Degout

Baritone

Biography

Stéphane Degout in action.
Stéphane Degout as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Mark Douet

French baritone Stéphane Degout made his Royal Opera debut in 2007 as Dandini (La Cenerentola) and has since sung Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) and King (Lessons in Love and Violence, world premiere) for the Company. In the 2018/19 Season he sings Valentin (Faust).

Degout studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Danse, Lyon, and was a member of Opéra de Lyon (1998–2001). He made his professional operatic debut in 1999 as Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) for Aix-en-Provence Festival. Since then he has sung for such companies as Paris Opéra, Berlin State Opera, La Monnaie, Brussels, Theater an der Wien, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Bavarian State Opera, and at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Holland and Chorégies d’Orange festivals. His repertory includes Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Ulisse, Thésée (Hippolyte et Aricie), Hercule (Alceste), Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Count Almaviva, Guglielmo, Papageno, Raimbaud (Le Comte Ory), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Tannhäuser), the title role in Hamlet, Albert (Werther), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande). Alongside King, role creations include Theatre Director (Boesmans’s Pinocchio).

Degout gives regular recitals throughout Europe and in New York. Alongside several DVD opera recordings, he has recorded CDs with B Records (Enfers) and Harmonia Mundi (Histoires Naturelles, and, most recently, Harmonie du Soir, a collection of Debussy’s melodies). He is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Videos

News and features

New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced

31 January 2017
New opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp announced

Following the success of Written on Skin, Lessons in Love and Violence will have its world premiere on 10 May 2018.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative teams on Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro

5 October 2015
Watch: Members of the cast and creative teams on Mozart’s <em>Le nozze di Figaro</em>

Backstage films from the live relay of Le nozze di Figaro including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

Le nozze di Figaro to be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 5 October 2015

28 September 2015
<em>Le nozze di Figaro</em> to be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 5 October 2015

Mozart's classic comedy stars Erwin Schrott and Sophie Bevan.

Photos

Stéphane Degout as Valentin and Irina Lungu as Marguerite in Faust, The Royal Opera

Maria Bengtsson as Fiordiligi, Pavol Breslik as Ferrando, Rebecca Evans as Despina, Jurgita Adamonytė as Dorabella and Stéphane Degout as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte

Stéphane Degout and Gyula Orendt in rehearsal for Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as Valentin and Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as Valentin and Marta Fontanals-Simmons as Siébel in Faust, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Gyula Orendt as Gaveston, Stéphane Degout as King and Krisztina Szabó as Singer 2 in Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Ocean Barrington-Cook and Stéphane Degout in rehearsal for Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout. Photograph by Julien Benhamou

Stéphane Degout as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as Valentin in Faust, The Royal Opera

Ocean Barrington-Cook, Barbara Hannigan, Samuel Boden and Stéphane Degout in rehearsal for Lessons in Love and Violence, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as Valentin and Erwin Schrott as Méphistophélès in Faust, The Royal Opera

Ellie Dehn as Countess Almaviva and Stéphane Degout as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as Count Almaviva and Anita Hartig as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, The Royal Opera

Stéphane Degout as Guglielmo, Maria Bengtsson as Fiordiligi, Jurgita Adamonytė as Dorabella & Pavol Breslik as Ferrando in Così fan tutte