The bravura, magnetism, and range of Rossini’s Figaro have found an ideal partner in the French baritone, Florian Sempey, who makes Il barbiere di Siviglia a focus of his dynamic international career. He has already made star turns as Figaro on the stages of Opéra de Paris, the Rossini Festival, Covent Garden, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Opéra de Marseille, and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Florian Sempey made his professional stage debut at the age of 21 as Papageno at the Opéra national de Bordeaux Aquitaine and he continues to enjoy a rich association with his “home” theatre, with which past and upcoming performances include Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Marcello in La Bohème, Antenor in Dardanus, or Pollux in Castor et Pollux.
Other subsequent international appearances include Don Pasquale at Opéra de Paris, La Bohème and Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden, Faust at Dutch National Opera, La favorite at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Die Fledermaus at the Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique, Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Köln and Opéra Grand Avignon, and Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Drottningholms Slottsteater. He often collaborates with conductors such as Paul Daniel, Philippe Jordan, Marc Minkowski, Henrik Nánási, Raphaël Pichon, Jérémie Rhorer and Giacomo Sagripanti, and has been directed by such luminaries as Ivan Alexandre, Robert Carsen, Sir David McVicar, and Laurent Pelly.
photo by Ugo Ponte