BIOGRAPHY

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Léopold Gilloots-Laforge has been studying with the soprano Sophie Hervé since 2015 and joined the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris directed by Lionel Sow where he participated in masterclasses with artists such as Margreet Hönig, Anne le Bozec, Semjon Skigin.

 

He has worked with conductors such as William Christie, Paul Agnew, Leonardo García Alarcón, Vincent Dumestre and Julien Leroy ; directors Alain Françon, François de Carpentries, Karine Van Hercke and Frédérique Lombart and composers such as Philippe Hersant, Benoit Menut, Denis Levaillant, Julien Ribot and Caroline Marçot. He has been awarded several international competitions, including the competitions of Marmande and Arles, he is finalist of the last edition of the Vincerò World singing Competition in 2021.

 

In March 2022, he plays the role of Ottone in l'Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi, in a production of the Académie de l'Opéra de Paris, under the baton of Vincent Dumestre and directed by Alain Françon at the Théâtre de l'Athénée and the Grand Théâtre de Dijon.

He makes his debut at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2021 as a soloist and narrator in a project based on the music of Peer Gynt by Edward Grieg. He is the Enchantress in Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell at the Grand Théâtre de Tours conducted by François Bazola. This season, he will be Un Pastorello in Puccini's Tosca at the Montpellier Opera under the baton of Michael Schonwandt. Leopold is also regularly invited by the Massy Opera to participate in several recital projects and productions. (Mozart recital; Feminin/Masculin; Mozart, ça va vous chante? and Offenbach, le bus opérette).

 

Very concerned with defending the contemporary repertoire, he created and recorded in 2021 the piece Tombeau de Gesualdo by Denis Levaillant, for counter-tenor and twelve voices under the direction of Roland Hayrabedian with the Musicatreize ensemble. Passionate about the sacred repertoire, he had the opportunity to perform a varied program of cantata arias by Johann Sebastian Bach with the ensemble La Chapelle Rhénane, conducted by Benoit Haller, at the Salle Bourgie in Montreal.

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