Ariën Artists - Lionel LHOTE, Baritone - English biography




Lionel LHOTE, (Belgium) started his vocal education at "l’Académie de Musique de La Bouverie-Frameries" with his father. Subsequently he studied at "Conservatoire Royal" in Mons with Marcel Vanaud and Jacques Legrand and eventually graduated at Brussels’ "Conservatoire Royal de Musique" with a "First Prize for Concert singing" and the "Superior Diploma of Lyric Art" with "greatest distinction". In 2004, he reached the Finals and became Laureat of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Singing Competition of Belgium. He was also award with the  "Audience Prize". Meanwhile he belongs to the leading baritones of his generation with repeated engagements throughout Europe's prestigious opera houses.


In 2020 he will achieve a series of important role debuts. After another : Posa in Don Carlo by Verdi, in both the French (at ROH Liège) as the Italian version (Heidenheim-Festival) ; Nilakantha (Lakmé, Delibes) and Hamlet (Hamlet, Thomas) also at ROH Liège and eventually another Verdi part: Ford in Falstaff. The name of the opera house will upcoming be divulged.


Last year was marked by his house debut at the Scala of Milan als Saint-Joseph in L'enfance du Christ (Berlioz), his successful appearances as Dottor Malatesta in Don Pasquale (Donizetti) at the ROH La Monnaie, as Directeur de la troupe in Pinocchio (Boesmans) at the opera house of Bordeaux and as Amonasro in Aida at ROH Wallonie Liège. The more he sang Fieramosca in Benvenuto Cellini  (Berlioz) at the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall London. A reinvitation led him to the Glyndebourne Festival where he sang Pandolfe in Cendrillon.


His career started at the Opera House of Giessen where he appeared in Faust (Spohr), Aeneas (Purcell), Vater in Haensel und Gretel Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia as well as Zar in Zar und Zimmermann" by Lortzing a.o. Subsequently Lionel Lhote participated in production in Aachen : Père Germont (La Traviata) and Scarpia (Tosca).

Back home in Belgium he enhance his relationship with the ROH Wallonie Liège and in André Chénier/Giordano as Mathieu, La Forza del Destino/Verdi as Fra Melitone, Cosi fan tutte as Don Alfonso, Guillaume Tell by André Ernest Modeste Grétry as Guesler, La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein as Général Boum, Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles (Opéra royal de Wallonie Liège), Don Carlos in Ernani and Escamillo in Carmen.

The Flanders Opera engaged him as Barbe-Bleue (Ariane et Barbe Bleue/Dukas), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and as Leporello. (Don Giovanni)

As a result of his succesful debut at ROH La Monnaie as Starveling in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) amongst others in Monsieur Choufleuri (Offenbach), in La Cenerentola as Dandini, in Lucia di Lammermoor as Enrico and in Massenet’s Don Quichotte as Sancho Panza and his Cendrillon as Pandolfe, in Fledermaus as Frank, in Romeo and Julia as Mercutio, in Manon Lescaut as Lescaut and in Béartrice et Bénédict as Somarone.

Since 2002, Lionel Lhote appears frequently in France : as Père Germont in various productions thoughout the country, as Figaro (Barbiere di Sivigla) and Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) in Avignon, as Chorèbe (Les Troyens, Berlioz) in Strasbourg, as Albert in Werther (directed by Rollando Villazon), Père Germont, Leporello and Don Alfonso in Lyon, Papageno (Zauberflöte), Falstaff in Tours, Ottokar (Freischütz, Berlioz version) in Nice, Sharpless (Butterfly) in Bordeaux, Don Alfonso (Nozze di Figaro) and Popolani in Barbe-Bleue/Offenbach (Opéra de Nancy) and Schaunard in La Bohème at Chorégies d’Orange and at the Paris Bastille.

Furthermore he sang Figaro at Liceu Barcelona (house debut), was cast as Mercutio and Lescaut at the opera house of Monte-Carlo, made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival as Don Iñigo (l’Heure espagnole) and Le Fauteuil/L’Arbre (L’Enfant et les sortilèges) and appeared as Faninal (Der Rosenkavalier) in Geneva, Rivière in Volo di notte/Dallapiccola in Frankfurt, Dandini (La Cenerentola) in Stuttgart and Marcello and Zurga at the opera house of Muscat (Oman).

Lionel Lhote has sung under the baton of Silvio Varviso, Evelino Pido, Patrick Fournillier, René Jacobs, Andreas Spering, Philippe Auguin, Patrick Davin, Julian Reynolds, Marc Minkowksi, Stefano Montanari, Kazushi Ono, Alain Guingal, Johannes Willig, Julia Jones,Robin Ticciati, Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli, Gérard Korsten, Jacek Kaspszyk, Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, Emmanuel Krivine, Adam Fischer, Alain Altinoglu and Carlo Rizzi  and was directed by David MacVicar, Karl-Ernst & Ursel Herrmann, Guy Joosten, Achim Freyer, Laurent Pelly, Dieter Kaegi, Rolando Villazon, Keith Warner, Mariusz Trelinski, Jonathan Miller, Waut Koeken etc...

He appeared as a soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Mulhouse, the Warsaw Philharmonia, the Monnaie Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio.

cv update : season 2019/2020. December 2019

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