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Florian Sempey

Season 21/22 Artist

In addition to studying the piano, Florian Sempey began his voice training with Françoise Detechnique at the Conservatoire in Libourne. In 2007, he joined the class of Maryse Castets at the Bordeaux Conservatoire. The following year he won the Opera First Prize and the Audience Award at the singing competition organised by the Bordeaux Opera’s Amis du Grand Théâtre. At the age of 21, He gave his debut performance at the Bordeaux Opera in the role of Papageno and has made regular guest appearances there since then. In 2010, he began a two-year spell at the Paris Opera’s Atelier Lyrique and in 2012, he received the highly esteemed Prix Carpeaux. In 2013, he was nominated in the Revelation Opera Singer category at the Victoires de la Musique Classique. He has proven his talents in the role of Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, which he has performed at the Paris Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Rome Opera, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Marseille Opera, the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg and the Chorégies d’Orange. He has made numerous guest appearances at the Paris Opera (Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Figaro, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, the Comte de Nevers in Les Huguenots, and Dandini in La Cenerentola), the Royal Opera House in London (Schaunard in La Bohème and Papageno), the Cologne Opera and the Avignon Opera (Enrico Ashton in Lucia di Lammermoor), the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam (Valentin in Faust), the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (Alfonse XI in La Favorite, and the title role in Hamlet), the Drottningholms Slottsteater in Sweden and the Opéra Royal in Versailles (the Count in Le nozze di Figaro), the Opéra Comique (Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus), the Marseille Opera (Lord Cecil in Maria Stuarda), the Limoges Opera (Dandini), the Saint-Etienne Opera (Duparquet in Ciboulette, the Touranien Chief in Le Mage, Figaro), the Vienna Musikverein (Berlioz’ Lelio), the Bordeaux Opera (Enrico Ashton, Figaro), and the Lille Opera (Escamillo in Carmen). Florian Sempey also performs in concert with an extensive repertoire (Mahler, Chausson, Puccini, Berlioz, Rameau, Vivaldi, etc.). He also appears regularly in recital with the pianist Antoine Palloc. During the 2019-2020 season, he sang the roles of Bellone and Adario (Les Indes galantes) at the Paris Opera, Don Fernand d’Aragon (L’Ange de Nisidia) at the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, and Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) in Tokyo.

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Career history

Libourne Conservatory with Françoise Detchenique Bordeaux National Conservatory with Maryse Castets


First Prize for Opera and Audience Prize at the Singing Competition of the Friends of the Bordeaux Opera Grand Théâtre in 2006 Finalist in the Nantes S’sentiels Competition in 2009 Semi-finalist in the Marseille Opera International Competition under the presidency of Rolando Villazón Paris Opera Carpeaux Prize in 2012 Nominated in the "Operatic Artist Discovery" category of the Victoires de la Musique 2013

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