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Lionel LHOTE, Baritone


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".

Since his international breakthrough, Lionel Lhote appeared as Sharpless in Butterfly (Bordeaux) ; Faninal in Rosenkavalier (GT Genève) ; Schaunard in La Bohème (Chorégies d’Orange) ; Rivière in Volo di notte/Dallapiccola (Frankfurt) ; Don Alfonso (Nozze di Figaro) and Popolani in Barbe-Bleue/Offenbach (Opéra de Nancy) ; Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Frank (Fledermaus) and Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) all at La Monnaie, Brussels ; Dandini (La Cenerentola) at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Ottokar (Freischütz, Berlioz version) at Opéra de Nice ;  Schaunard at Opéra de Paris (debut in the House, July 2014) ; Marcello (La Bohème) and Falstaff (Tours). Furthermore he sang the Barbiere di Siviglia's title-role at Liceu Barcelona (his debut in the House), was cast as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette (Opéra de Monte-Carlo) ; Paolo, in Simon Boccanegra (Avignon) ; Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles (Opéra royal de Wallonie Liège) and eventually made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival as Don Inigo (l’Heure espagnole) and Le Fauteuil/L’Arbre (L’Enfant et les sortilèges).

Noteworthy are his debut as Don Carlo in Verdi's Ernani and his appearances in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (title-role) both at ROH Liège, his absolute incomparable Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Opera House of Stuttgart and his debut at the Paris Opera House in Werther as Johann. Eventually he distinguished himself in the role of Somarone in two different productions of Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict ; one at La Monnaie, the other at the Glyndebourne Festival. Other opera engagements included Lescaut in Manon in Montecarlo, Valentin in Faust in Avignon and Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles at the fairy tale opera house of Muscat/Oman.

Recent engagements and News :

Last season's engagements (2017/2018) took Lionel LHOTE to Toulon to sing Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), the ROH of Liège to interpret Escamillo in Carmen and again to Montecarlo, this time as Valentin and eventually as Directeur de la Troupe (role debut) in Pinocchio, the latest opera by the Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans, that was revived at the Opera House of Bordeaux.

On the longer term Lionel LHOTE will rise to the absolute top of the great Verdi-interpreters by making his debut as Amonasro in Aïda, Posa in Don Carlos and Paolo Albiani in Simon Boccanegra and become a key actor when it turns on singing in style the French repertoire, with appearances as Valentin (Faust), Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Nikalantha (Lakmé) and the title-role in Hamlet... His future engagements will take him amongst others to La Monnaie, the Royal Opera House of Wallonie and the Glyndebourne Festival.


Lionel Lhote has sung under the baton of Silvio Varviso, Evelino Pido, Patrick Fournillier, René Jacobs, Andreas Spering, Philippe Auguin, 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 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.

His career started at Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Liège) where he participated in "Les Contes d’Hoffmann" and "Don Carlo". Soon follows his German debut at the Opera House of Giessen where he appears 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 went to Aachen (Germany) to interpret Père Germont in "La Traviata" and Scarpia in "Tosca" and made several come-backs at Opéra Royal de Wallonie : 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) and in La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein as Général Boum.

The Flanders Opera engaged him as Barbe-Bleue (Ariane et Barbe Bleue/Dukas), Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) and Leporello. At the Royal Opera House La Monnaie Lionel Lhote amongst others in Monsieur Choufleuri (Offenbach), Giulio Cesare, La Cenerentola (as Dandini), in Lucia di Lammermoor (as Enrico) and in Massenet’s Don Quichotte as Sancho Panza a part for which he got lavish praise and which he revived in the mean time at the Opera House of Palermo.

Since 2002, Lionel Lhote appeared frequently in France, a.o. as Père Germont in various productions, got invited by the «Massenet-Festival» to appear in “Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame”, interpreted Figaro (Barbiere di Sivigla) at Avignon Opera, made his debut in "Les Troyens"/Berlioz as Chorèbe at Strasbourg (Opéra national du Rhin), guested on a regular base in the Opera Houses of Montecarlo, Marseille and Bordeaux with parts such as Ourrias in "Gisèle", Luna in Trovatore, Faninal  in "Rosenkavalier" and Papageno and eventually appeared at the Opera House of Lyon where he sung  Albert in "Werther" (stage directed by Rollando Villazon), Père Germont and as Leporello and Don Alfonso.

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".

cv update : season 2018/2019

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