Delphine Galou

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Delphine Galou (born 1977 in Paris) is a French contralto. She was born in Paris, and studied philosophy at the Sorbonne while also studying piano and singing. She was the "Discovery of the Year" of the French Association for the Promotion of Young Artists in 2004.[1]

Delphine Galou has a rare voice: low, rich and velvety. Her outstanding vocal technique combined with noble bearing allow her performances of the most virtuoso roles of the baroque repertoire. Delphine Galou started her career in 2000 as a member of the ensemble of the "Jeunes Voix du Rhin" [2] and performed at the Opéra national du Rhin roles such as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia and Mercedes in Carmen and was subsequently a guest in Rennes, Dijon, Caen, Angers-Nantes, Toulon, Nancy, Luxemburg, Freiburg, Basel, St Gallen, at the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe and at the Schwetzingen Festival.

Galou has internationally established herself as a George Frideric Handel specialist with parts such as Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Alessandro, Andronico (Tamerlano), Zenobia (Radamisto) and Bradamante (Alcina). In 2011-2012, she made her sensational debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in the title role of Orlando furioso by Antonio Vivaldi. She also debuted at the Royal Opera House of London (Niobe by Steffani) and performed The rape of Lucretia (title role) at the Angers-Nantes Opera. Her season 2011-2012 was highlighted by Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Staatsoper Berlin under the baton of Marc Minkowski, Alcina (Bradamante) at the Lausanne Opera under the baton of Ottavio Dantone and Rinaldo (title role) in Reggio Emilia and Ferrara. Upcoming plans include Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Penelope) by Monteverdi at the Theater an der Wien under the baton of Christophe Rousset and Tamerlano (Andronico) at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Galou has collaborated with orchestras such as the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble (Thomas Hengelbrock), I Barocchisti (Diego Fasolis), Accademia Bizantina (Ottavio Dantone), Collegium 1704 (Václav Luks), Venice Baroque Orchestra (Andrea Marcon), Il Complesso Barocco (Alan Curtis), Les Siècles (François-Xavier Roth), Les Arts Florissants (Jonathan Cohen), Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Christophe Spinosi) and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble (Marc Minkowski).

As a concert soloist, Galou is, among others, a regular guest of the Beaune Baroque Festival[3] where she was acclaimed in Rinaldo and Alessandro by G.F. Handel, Semiramide by Nicola Porpora and Juditha triumphans and Orlando furioso by A. Vivaldi.


Galou has also taken part in the CD-recording of N. Porpora's Vespro per la Festività dell'Assunta under the baton of Martin Gester (released in 2011 - live recording Ambronay), A. Vivaldi's Teuzzone under the baton of Jordi Savall (2012 - Naïve) and A. Vivaldi's Orlando furioso under the baton of Federico Maria Sardelli (2012 - Naive). A YouTube video featuring Galou's performance of "Erbarme dich, mein Gott" from Bach's Matthäuspassion has received more than 3.5 million views.[4]

Solo recitals[edit]


This is a partial list of roles based on information from the artist's website.

Date Composer Work Role House Conductor Director Remarks
Mar 2006 Ravel L'enfant et les sortilèges Multiple Roles Theatre Graslin Nantes and the Grand Theatre Angers
Apr 2007 Vivaldi Giustino Eufemia Schwetzingen Festival, Germany
Apr 2008 Handel Giulio Cesare Julius Caesar Théâtre de Caen, France
Jan 2008 Haydn Il mondo della luna Ernesto Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg
Jun 2008 Benjamin Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy [5]
Apr 2008 Agostino Steffani Niobe, regina di Tebe Nerea Schwetzingen Festival,Germany Thomas Hengelbrock [6]
Feb 2009 Handel Radamisto Zenobia Baden State Theatre, Karlsruhe Peter Van Heyghen
Jun 2009 Vivaldi Orlando Furioso Orlando Theater Basel Andrea Marcon [7]
Jan 2011 Benjamin Britten The Rape of Lucretia Lucretia Nantes / Theatre Graslin and the Angers / Grand Theatre
Jul 2011 Vivaldi Juditha triumphans (Soloist) Beaune Baroque Festival Federico Maria Sardelli Concert Performance.
Apr 2012 Handel Rinaldo Rinaldo Teatro Municipale Valli, Italy Ottavio Dantone [8]
Sep 2012 Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Penelope Theater an der Wien Christophe Rousset
Oct 2012 Vivaldi Tito Manlio Kraków Opera House Ottavio Dantone Concert performance [9]
April 2012 Handel Juditha Triumphans Holofernes Misteria paschalia festival, Kraków Ottavio Dantone [10]
Jan 2012 Handel Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno Disinganno Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, Berlin Marc Minkowski [11]
Jun 2013 Vivaldi Juditha triumphans (Soloist) St. Reinoldi, Dortmund Christophe Rousset Concert Performance. Interview Video
May 2013 Vivaldi Farnace Berenice Teatro del Maggio Musicale, Florence
Sep 2013 Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Orfeo Opéra national de Montpellier Balázs Kocsár [12]
Oct 2013 Handel Aci, Galatea e Polifemo Galatea Wiener Konzerthaus in Vienna Emmanuelle Haim [13]
Jun 2014 Handel Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno Disinganno The Berlin Staatsoper Sébastien Rouland Jürgen Flimm
Jan 2015 Handel Tamerlano Andronico Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie à Bruxelles Christophe Rousset Pierre Audi [14]
May 2015 Vivaldi La verità in cimento Damira Opernhaus Zürich Ottavio Dantone [15]


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