Sébastien Guèze

French tenor Sébastien Guèze has come to international attention for his performances in such theaters as the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam, Semperoper Dresden, Opéra de Toulon, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opéra de Nice, and Opéra de Lausanne. In the current season, he sings the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Semperoper Dresden, Christian in Cyrano with Opera Carolina, and Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur at the Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne.

Guèze’s engagements for the 2016/17 season included the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen, Christian in Cyrano at the Michigan Opera Theater, Rodolfo in La boheme at Theater Bonn in Germany, and the title role in Werther at the Opéra Théâtre de Metz Métropole and Opéra de Massy in France.

In the 2015/16 season, Guèze sang Rodolfo at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Des Grieux in Manon at the Opéra Municipal de Marseille, the Duke in Rigoletto with the Jalisco Philharmonic at the Teatro Degollado in Mexico, Gontran de Solanges in Les Mousquetaires au couvent with Opéra de Toulon, Gaston in Jérusalem at Theater Bonn, Mylio in Le Rois d’Ys at the Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne, and Roméo in Roméo et Juliette with Opera Hong Kong. Engagements for the 2014/15 season included Rodolfo in Bordeaux, Jacques in Un Amour en guerre at the Opéra Théâtre de Metz Métropole, Roméo at the Teatro de la Ciudad in Mexico, Laërte in Hamlet at the Opéra d’Avignon in France, Gontran de Solanges at the Théâtre national de l’Opéra-Comique in Paris, and the title role in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Theater Bonn in Germany.

In the 2013/14 season, Guèze sang Chevalier de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Opéra de Lyon, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Opéra d’Avignon, Gontran de Solanges at the Opéra de Lausanne, and Rodolfo at the Semperoper Dresden, Vilnius City Opera in Lithuania and Opera North in New Hampshire. Engagements for the 2012/13 season included Rodolfo with Opéra de Vichy in France, Alfredo Germont in La Traviata at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and Semperoper Dresden, Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande with Opéra de Nice, Mylio at the Opéra National de Montpellier and Théâtre national de l’Opéra-Comique, and Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de perles at the Opéra National du Rhin.

Highlights from Guèze’s previous seasons include Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore at the Theatro São Pedro in São Paulo; Christian in Cyrano and Roméo at the Florida Grand Opera; the title role in Faust with Opéra de Reims and Opéra de Toulon; Fabrice Del Dongo in La Chartreuse de Parme at the Opéra Municipal de Marseille; Fritz in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein with Opére de Lausanne; Rodolfo at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Greek National Opera, Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Belgium, Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Étienne, Austin Opera, and Anhaltisches Theater Dessau in Germany; L’amante in Amelia al ballo at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto; Florerski in Lodoiska at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and Teatro La Fenice; Pyrrhus in Andromaque at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Schwetzingen Festival in Germany, and Festival de Radio France et Montpellier; and Marius in Marius et Fanny at the Opéra d’Avignon.

Guèze began his stage career in his native France, but he was soon making international debuts, singing Rodolfo in Athens and Roméo at the Concertgebeouw in Amsterdam. He starred as Paquillo in La Perichole at the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Pinkerton at the Festival Musiques au Coeur d’Antibes, and Schahabarim in Salammbô and Vincent in Mireille at the Opéra Municipal de Marseille. He sang his first Faust in Pamplona, Spain, and participated in the world Premiere of Marius et Fanny in Marseille, where he alternated with Roberto Alagna in the central role of Marius. In 2009, Guèze made his American debut as Alfredo in La Traviata with the Kentucky Opera, making his Polish Opera debut in Mariusz Trelinski’s new production of the same work in 2010. His performances as Pyrrhus in Gretry’s Andromaque as well as his assumption of the role of Mylio in Lalo’s Le Roi d’Ys were key steps in the development of his voice and heavier repertoire.

Sebastien Guèze studied voice in the south of France while simultaneously studying for his Master’s degree in International Business. After deciding to devote himself exclusively to music, he began his studies at the National Conservatory of Paris, from which he graduated with “Jury Congratulations.” The recipient of several honors and awards, Guèze was a finalist at the Enrico Caruso Competition in Milan, Silver Voice winner (first place in the men’s category) at the Metz Tournament in 2003, and First Prize winner at the 2004 European of Arles Competition before being crowned “Revelation Opera singer 2006” by the French Association of Artists (ADAMI). Additionally, he received the Second Prize and Audience Prize at Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition and was named “Revelation of the Year” at the 2009 Victoires de la Musique ceremony.