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Jean-Sébastien Bou

Baritone/Bass-baritone
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After studying voice with Mady Mesplé and then at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, Jean-Sébastien Bou’s carreer  quickly took off in Europe.

In 2000, he made his debut as Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) which he has been singing regularly since at many international venues (Opéra Comique of Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Düsseldorf Opera, Stanislavski theater in Moscow, Liceu of Barcelona…).

He quickly established himself in the French repertoire with Iphigénie en Tauride (Oreste) and Werther (baritone version) in Tours, Faust (Valentin) in Lille, Le Roi malgré lui (Henri de Valois) in Lyon and at the Opéra-Comique, where he has also sung the title role of Maroûf by Rabaud and Lakmé (Frédéric), Le Comte Ory (Raimbaud) in Lyon, Carmen (Escamillo) in Dresden and Lyon, as well as the title role in Hamlet in Saint-Etienne.

His eclectic repertoire ranges from baroque music (Les Boréades/Borilée under the direction of William Christie at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, Adamas/Apollon in the same opera under the  direction of Marc Minkowski in Zürich, Orfeo/title role in Avignon…), to twentieth-century music (L’Amour des Trois Oranges/Farfarello at the Opéra de Paris, Saint François d’Assise/Frère Bernard at Salle Pleyel, Midsummer Night’s Dream /Demetrius, The Rape of Lucretia /Tarquinus.…) and to contemporary creations (Roméo et Juliette by Pascal Dusapin, Les Boulingrins by Georges Aperghis at the Opéra Comique, Charlotte Salomon by Marc-André Dalbavie at the Salzbourg festival and the title role in Claude by Thierry Escaich in Lyons…). Besides, he regularly sings the Italian repertoire: Don Giovanni (title role), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro), Don Pasquale (Malatesta), La Bohème (Marcello), Madama Butterfly (Sharpless), I Pagliacci (Silvio)…

A fervent champion of French melodies, he also often appears in recitals, interpreting in particular the complete set of Charles Bordes melodies, which he has recorded with the French pianist François-René Duchâble.

Among his notable recordings: La Vie Parisienne (Virgin Classics DVD) and Claude (Bel Air Classiques) in Lyon, Carmen at the ROH Covent Garden, L’Amour des Trois Oranges at the Opéra de Paris, Fiesque by Lalo (Deutsche Grammophon CD), La Mort d’Abel by Kreutzer and Le Cœur du Moulin by Gabriel Pierné at Timpani‘s (Diapason d’Or 2009).

His carreer has led him to work with such conductors as Myung-Whun Chung, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Sylvain Cambreling, Louis Langrée, John Nelson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit, Antonio Pappano, Marc Minkowski, Jérémie Rhorer, Alain Altinoglu, François-Xavier Roth, Hervé Niquet, Christophe Rousset, Ludovic Morlot and stage directors like Robert Carsen, Francesca Zambello, Denis Podalydes, Laurent Pelly, Olivier Py, Bob Wilson, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Eric Ruf, Stéphane Braunschweig, Luc Bondy…

Very recently, he was heard in Fantasio (Prince de Mantoue) at the Radio-France Festival in Montpellier and at Théâtre du Châtelet, Le Roi Carotte by Offenbach in Lyon, Madama Butterfly (Sharpless) and Eugene Onegin (title role) in Tours and at the Theater des Champs-Elysées, Carmen (Escamillo) in concert version and Pelléas et Mélisande at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Così fan tutte (Don Alfonso) at the Drottningholm Festival, in Bucarest and at the Opéra royal de Versailles,  Le Comte Ory at the Opernhaus Zürich, the Opéra Comique and Versailles, and Les Indes Galantes in Budapest. He has also interpreted the title role of Don Giovanni at the Köln Oper, at the Festival of Drottningholm, in Versailles, at la Monnaie in Brussels staged by K. Warlikowski, at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and in Bremen under the baton of J. Rhorer. This part has become one of his favorite roles.

In concert, he has also sung Les Horaces by Salieri at Theater an der Wien and at l’Opéra Royal in Versailles, La Jacquerie by Lalo at the Festival de Montpellier, Duruflé’s Requiem with the London Philharmonia and at the Berlin Philharmonie,  Beethoven’s Le Christ au Mont des Oliviers and Berlioz’ la Messe Solennelle at the Musikfest Bremen, in Cologne and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, under the baton of Jérémie Rohrer…

Among his main projects let us point out Così fan Tutte (Alfonso) in Würzburg and Grenoble, Mârouf in Bordeaux and at the Opéra Comique, Faust (Valentin) at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Manon (Lescaut) at the Opéra Comique, Werther (Albert) in Vichy, Rodelinda (Garibaldo) in Lyon, Ariadne auf Naxos in Luxembourg and at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées…
In concert he will notably sing L’enfance du Christ with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, he will also appear in recital…

 

March 2018

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BERLIOZ - Les Troyens (Chorèbe)
BIZET - Carmen (Escamillo)
BIZET - Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Zurga)
BRITTEN - The rape of Lucretia (Tarquinius)
BRITTEN - Midsummer night's dream (Demetrius)
DEBUSSY - Pelléas et Mélisande (Pelléas)
DONIZETTI - Elisir d'amore (Belcore)
DONIZETTI - Don Pasquale (Malatesta)
DONIZETTI - Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico)
ESCHAICH - Claude (Claude)
GOUNOD - Faust (Valentin)
GOUNOD - Le médecin malgré lui (Sganarelle)
GLUCK - Iphigénie en Tauride (Oreste)
LEONCAVALLO - I Pagliacci (Silvio)
MASSENET - Werther (Werther / Albert)
MASSENET - Manon (Lescaut)
MEYERBEER - Les Huguenots (Nevers)
MONTEVERDI - L'Orfeo (Orfeo)
MOZART - Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
MOZART - Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo / Alfonso)
PUCCINI - La Bohème (Marcello)
PUCCINI - Madama Butterfly (Sharpless)
PURCELL - Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas)
RABAUD - Mârouf Savetier du Caire (Mârouf)
RAVEL - L'Heure espagnole (Ramiro)
RAVEL - L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (Le chat / L'horloge)
ROSSINI - Guillaume Tell (Guillaume Tell)
ROSSINI - Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
ROSSINI - Le Comte Ory (Raimbaud)
STRAUSS (R.) - Ariadne auf Naxos (Musiklehrer)
TCHAIKOWSKI - Eugene Onegin (Eugene Onegin)
THOMAS - Hamlet (Hamlet)
VERDI - Falstaff (Ford)
VERDI - Un Ballo in Maschera (Renato)
VERDI - Il Trovatore (di Luna)
VERDI - Don Carlo (Posa)
WEBER - Der Freishütz (Ottokar)
Discography

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Mozart – Don Giovanni

J-S. Bou (Don Giovanni),‎ R. Gleadow,‎ M. Papatanasiu,‎ J. Boulianne,‎ J. Behr,‎ A. Grevelius,‎ M. Scoffoni,‎ S. Humes,‎ S. Petitjean
Le Cercle de l'Harmonie / Jérémie Rhorer
Alpha / 2017

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Méhul – Uthal

K. Deshayes, Y. Beuron, J.B. Bou, S. Droy
Les Talens Lyriques / C. Rousset
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane / 2015

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Lalo – La Jacquerie

V. Gens, N. Gubisch, C. Castronovo, J.-S. Bou, B. Pinkhasovich, P. Bolleire…
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Patrick Davin
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane, 2016

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Sacchini – Renaud

M.Kalinine, J. Dran, JS Bou, P. Boisseau, J. Fuchs, K. Velletaz, C. Santon, J. Borghi, C. Dubois, P. Bourgeois
Les Talens Lyriques – Christophe Rousset
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane, 2013

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Rameau – Les surprises de l’amour

A. Brahim-Djeloul, V. Pochon, C. Mutel, K. Deshayes, A. Dahlin, JS Bou, …
Les Nouveaux Caractères – Sébastien d’Hérin
Glossa 2013

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Vogel – La Toison d’or

M. Kalinine, JS Bou, J. Van Wanroij, J. Borghi…
Le Concert Spirituel - Hervé Niquet
CD Glossa 2013

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Kreutzer – La mort d’Abel

K. Velletaz, Y. Tanimura, J. Borghi, S. Droy, JS Bou, PY Pruvot, A. Buet
Les Agréments – Guy Van Waas
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane, 2012

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Bordes – Mélodies sur des poèmes de Paul Verlaine

S. Marin-Degor, JS Bou
François-René Duchâble, piano
CD Timpani 2012

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Lalo – Fiesque

R. Alagna, M. Canniccioni, B. Uria-Monzon, F. Ferrari, JS Bou, A. Gabba…
0rchestre National de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon – Alain Altinoglu
CD Universal 2011

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Prokofiev – L’amour des trois oranges

P. Rouillon, C. Workmann, HE Minutillo, G. Antoine, B. Banks, JL Ballestra, J. Van Dam, B. Uria Monzon, V. van Halem, JS Bou, L. Cirillo…
Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris – Sylvain Cambreling
DVD Arthaus Musik 2011

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De Séverac – Le cœur du moulin

JS Bou, S. Marin-Degor, PY Pruvot, MT Keller, S. Revault d’Allonnes, C. Berry, A. Destraël…
Orchestre Symphonique Région Centre Tours – Jean-Yves Ossonce
CD Timpani 2010

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Bizet – Carmen

AC Antonacci, J. Kaufmann, I. D’Arcangelo, N. Ansellem, E. Xanthoudakis, V. Vizin, JS Bou, JP Fouchécourt, M. Rose, J. Imbrailo
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House – Antonio Pappano
DVD Decca 2008

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Pierné – Sophie Arnould

S. Marin Degor, JS Bou, D. Lamprecht
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg – Nicolas Chalvin
CD Timpani 2008

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Offenbach – La vie parisienne

JS Bou, M. Callahan, MR Wesseling, L. Naouri, M. Canniccioni, M. Devellereau, JP Fouchécourt, J. Garcia, C. Mortagne, B. Hool…
Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon - Sébastien Rouland
Laurent Pelly
DVD Virgin Classics 2007

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Tansman – Le Serment

M. Devellereau, JS Bou, F. Dalis, A. Gabriel, D. Haidan, E. Génovèse
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Alain Altinoglu
CD Harmonia Mundi 2007