Ariën Artists - Kris BELLIGH, Bariton - English biography









Originally from Belgium, Kris moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study on the Opera Course at the Royal Scottish Academy. n no time, Kris Belligh made himself a name as an allround reliable singer, musician and performer.  Whilst at the Academy he performed the roles of Mercurio in La Calisto by Cavalli, Bretigny in Manon, Ramiro in L’heure espagnole, Marco in Gianni Schicchi and for the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, Masetto in Don Giovanni.

News ! and recent engagements

During the current season (2023-2024) Kris Belligh will among others return to the Flanders Opera as Frank in Fledermausand to create the role of Schloss in the world premiere of Brodeck by Daan Janssens. At the Monnaie theatre he will cover the roles of Priam and Alexander in the world premiere of Cassandra by Bernard Foccroulle.

Last season also, the artist appeared in three productions at the Monnaie theatre : in Yevgeny Onegin (as Captain Petrovitch), in the world première of Solar (role of the Father) by Howard Moody and in the Nose (several roles including Budochnik) a rather rarely performed work by Dmitri Shostakovitsh. The more he sang Don Iñigo Gomez in a successful production of L’heure espagnole directed by Tom Goossens at Flanders Opera. Also noteworthy are his engagement as Bolten in the magnum opus by the Belgian composer Lodewijk Mortelmans Kinderen der Zee and his participation in the revival of Lulu (as Polizeikommissar and Ein Diener), both under the baton of Alain Altinoglu at the Monnaie. The artist also took part in the world premiere, in Raf Vandermeulen’s new opera Tropenliefde (Viridis).

Deepening the repertoire

The constraints of the past year have resulted in a number of chamber music collaborations, amongst which, the world premiere of new works by Wim Henderickx, Jean-Paul Dessy and Laurent Houcque with Musiques Nouvelles and the Malibran Quartet, and a recording of Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch together with soprano Morgane Heyse.

Career overview

Noteworthy are his debut at the Flanders Opera in the world premiere in 2019 of Hèctor Parra's new Opera Les Bienveillantes (Peter Rundel/Calixto Bieito), Thomas Brown in The Zoo for the Odegand Festival, and the recent series of Bernstein Centenary concert performances of West Side Story in Rome, with the Accademia Santa Cecilia under the baton of Maestro Antonio Pappano. With the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, under the baton of Martyn Brabbins, the artist participated in the live CD-recording of Peter Benoit's opus magnum De Schelde. Other productions in which he appeared, included  Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), King Arthur (Momus/Cold Genius) and in Der Schauspieldirektor (Komponist). He made his house debut at La Monnaie in La Traviata (directed by Andrea Breth) and was subsequently reinvited to take part in Daphne (Shepherd), Capriccio (Diener), The Cunning Little Vixen (Làpak).

The Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam engaged him to interpret the Unsuccessful player in The Gambler, (also directed by Andrea Breth) and the English National Opera to take part in the world premiere of Tansy Davies' Between Worlds. Further on the UK stage, he has performed both Count Almaviva and Figaro in Le Nozze di FigaroDon Giovanni (title role), Marcello in La Bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, as well as Guglielmo and Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte.

He made his debut at the Opéra de Rennes as Fiorello in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and returned in the same production at the Opera houses of Rouen and Tourcoign.  He has appeared at the Nationale Reisopera in The Netherlands as Marchese d’Obigny in La traviata and Blazes in The Lighthouse and for International Opera Productions as Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus and Dancairo in Carmen.

As part of the cultural Olympiade at the Purcell Room, Kris created the roles of Schade/Mr Bata in the world-premiere of Emily Howard’s Zatopek ! and the leading role in Philip Venables’ Unleashed.

As a prize winner of the Armel International Opera Competition, Kris created the role of Headmaster in Parody by Kerek Gabor, for Plzen JK Tyl Opera, and appeared live on ARTE from the Erkel Theatre in Budapest.


Update cv, first update season 2023/2024. Please contact the agency to get Kris BELLIGH's most recent biographical details.

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