A graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon and member of the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Lyon, Stéphane Degout quickly came to international attention in his debut as Papageno at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Since then, he has appeared on the world’s major operatic stages, namely the Opéra de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra-Comique, Berlin Staatsoper, La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Royal Opera House, Lyric Opera Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro alla Scala, and the Bayerische Staatsoper. His numerous festival appearances include Salzburg, Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence, Edinburgh and in Tokyo and Los Angeles.
Notable roles have included Oreste (“Iphigénie en Tauride”), Wolfram (“Tannhaüser”), Raimbaud (“Comte Ory”), Thésée (“Hippolyte & Aricie”), Dandini (“Cenerentola”), Mercutio (“Roméo & Juliette”), Guglielmo (“Cosi fan tutte”), Chorèbe (“Les Troyens”), il Comte Almaviva (“Le nozze di Figaro”), which he sang most recently in a new production at Nederlandse Opera, and the title roles in Thomas’ “Hamlet”, Monteverdi’s “Orfeo”, Conti’s“Don Chisciotte” and Ulisse in “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria”. His natural affiliation with Debussy’s Pelléas has proven him to be one of the leading interpreters of this role.
As a recitalist, Stéphane Degout is renowned for his highly sensitive interpretations of French melody and Lieder. He has worked a lot on this under the guidance of Ruben Lifschitz and has toured internationally in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Berlin, Brussels and New York. He has performed in concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen; at La Monnaie he sang Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” and Fauré’s “Requiem” under Alain Altinoglu. His collaborations include René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Raphaël Pichon and Charles Dutoit.
His dedication to the art has seen him create numerous operatic roles in works such as Benoît Mernier’s “La Dispute” and Philippe Boesmans’ “Au Monde” at La Monnaie. Last season he participated in the creation of Boesmans’ “Pinocchio” at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, which tours this season to La Monnaie and Opéra de Dijon.
Stéphane Degout’s recordings include “Werther”, “Così fan tutte”, “Pelléas et Mélisande”, “Le Comte Ory”, “Hippolyte & Aricie”, “Les Boréades” on DVD. He has also recorded Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” (piano version), Fauré’s “Requiem” and Puccini’s “la Bohème” for Deutsche Grammophon. His solo disc “Mélodies” for Naïve is dedicated to the pieces from the melodic repertoire of his native France.
In 2012, he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; a prestigious award which recognises “significant contribution to the enrichment of French cultural heritage”. The same year saw him named Lyrical Artist of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique awards ceremony.
This coming season’s projects take him to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for “Kindertotenlieder” with Orchestre national de France and he performs a European recital tour with pianist Simon Lepper. At Opéra de Lyon he sings Rodrigue in the rarely heard French version of Verdi’s “Don Carlos” and at the Royal Opera House he creates a role composed specifically for his voice in “Lessons in Love and Violence”, an opera by George Benjamin and Martin Crimp.