The Belgian baritone Lionel Lhote honed his vocal training at the Conservatoire Royal in Mons with Marcel Vanaud and Jacques Legrand and then at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels where he was awarded first prize for concert singing and a graduate diploma in opera singing. In the spring of 2004, he counted among the prize-winners (6th prize) in the Queen Elisabeth international Music Competition, where he was also awarded the public’s choice award. He made his debut at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie before joining the troupe of the Giessen Opera. He has sung the roles of Germont from La Traviata and Scarpia from Tosca in Aix-la-Chapelle, Fra Melitone in La Forza del destino and Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Bluebeard (Ariane et Barbe-Bleue), Figaro (The Barber of Seville) and Leporello (Don Giovanni) at the Flanders Opera, Curio (Giulio Cesare), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Peterman (Monsieur Choufleuri), Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Sancho Pansa (Don Quixote) at the Monnaie in Brussels (a role he also performed at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo). Since 2002, he has been invited regularly to appear in France: as Germont and Figaro at the Avignon Opera, Chorèbe (Les Troyens) in Strasbourg, Papageno (The Magic Flute) in Monte-Carlo, Ourrias (Mireille) and Faninal (Rosenkavalier) in Marseille, the Count di Luna (Le Trovatore) in Bordeaux, Germont, Albert (Werther), Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) and Leporello at the Lyon Opera, and in Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame at the Massenet Festival. More recently, he performed the role of Sharpless (Madame Butterfly) in Bordeaux, Faninal in Geneva, Rivière (Dallapiccola’s Volo di notte) in Frankfurt, Don Alfonso in Nancy, Schaunard at both the Chorégies d’Orange Festival and the Paris Opera, Pandolphe (Cendrillon), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut) and Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) in Brussels, General Boum (La Grande Duchesse de Gérolstein), Zurga (The Pearl Fishers), Figaro (The Barber of Seville) and Don Carlo (Ernani) in Liège, Popolani (Offenbach’s Bluebeard) in Nancy, the lead role of Falstaff in Tours, Marcello (La Bohème) and Paolo Albiani (Simon Boccanegra) in Avignon, Don Iῆigo (L'Heure espagnole), the role of the Armchair and the Tree (L'Enfant et les sortilèges) at the Glyndebourne Festival, and Dandini in Stuttgart.
Samarone (Béatrice et Bénédict) at the Theatre de la Monnaie in Brussels.