Stéphane Degout studied at the CNSM , Lyon, and was a member of Opéra de Lyon. He made his oper atic debut in 1999 at the Aix - en - Provence Festival. Since then he has sung for the Paris Opéra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Berlin State Opera, La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropol itan Opera, La Scala , Teatro Real , and Bavarian State Opera, and at the Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Ravinia festivals. His rep ertoire includes Thésée ( Hippolyte et Aricie ), Hercule ( Alceste ), Oreste ( Iphigénie en Tauride ), Count Almaviva, Valentin ( Faust ) , Raimbaud ( Le Comte Ory ), Wolfram ( Tannhäuser ), Albert ( Werther ), Rodrigue ( Don Carlo s ) , Chorèbe ( Les Troyens ) , the title roles in Hamlet, Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Ulisse , and Pelléas & Mélisande . His dedication has seen him create numerous operatic roles in works such as Benoît Mernier’s La Dispute and Philippe Boesmans’ Au Monde and Pinocchio . R ecently he appeared as The Kin g in George Benjamin’s new production Lessons in Love and Violence (London, Amsterdam, Lyon , Chicago , Barcelona ). In 2012, he was appointed ‘Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’; a prestigious award which recognises ‘significant contribution to the enrichment of French cultural heritage’. 2012 and 2019 have seen him named ‘Lyrical Artist of the Year’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique awards . Stéphane Degout is renowned for his highly sensitive interpretations of French melody and German Lied. He has worked under the guidance of Ruben Lifschitz and has toured internationally. Alongside sever al DVD opera recordings, he has recorded CDs with B Records ( Histoires Naturelles ) and Harmonia Mundi ( Enfers ), Harmonie du Soir and Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’Eté , all of which have been awarded ; Enfers notably winning at the International Opera Awards 2019 . He continues his collaborative streak with Harmonia Mundi and has recently released a CD of ‘Mélodies et Lieders’ with Simon Lepper.