“What attracts me to the character is his confusing psychology”

“What attracts me to the character is his confusing psychology”
“What attracts me to the character is his confusing psychology”

Che year 2024 marks an anniversary for the French baritone Stéphane Degout who made – just 25 years ago – a flamboyant debut at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in the role of Papageno (The Magic Flute). Stage presence, elegant appearance, careful phrasing… and of course splendid voice: the singer immediately reveals himself to be exceptional.

Since then, the Lyonnais has only confirmed, through his choices of great artistic demand as well as his vocal development, the promises of the early years. Outstanding recital performer Winter travelStéphane Degout was at the start of the year at the Salle Favart, playing The Other Journey imagined by Raphaël Pichon and Silvia Costa around little-known works by Franz Schubert.

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We find him today at the Opéra du Capitole for the second Eugene Onegin of his career, after taking a role at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, in the winter of 2023. It is Florent Siaud who, after a Lohengrin noticed at the Opéra du Rhin, stages this Toulouse show. Nothing, Stéphane Degout explains to us, is evaded from the complex, even antipathetic, character of Pushkin’s hero set to music by Tchaikovsky in what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful works in the lyrical repertoire.

Point : Eugene Onegin is one of the great baritone roles in the repertoire. A dream you’ve had for a long time?

Stéphane Degout: Yes, to the extent that I have always […] Read more

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