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François Piolino



Swiss tenor François Piolino made his Royal Opera debut in 2016 as Prince Hérisson de Porc-Epic (L’Étoile) and has since returned to sing Schmidt (Werther). He returns in the 2018/19 Season to sing Remendado (Carmen).

Piolino was born in Basel and studied at the Conservatoire de Lausanne, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Paris Conservatoire. He began his career in Baroque music, working with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. He now performs character tenor roles for companies including Paris Opéra, Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Lyon, La Monnaie, Brussels, Dutch National Opera, Berlin State Opera, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Swedish Opera, Opéra national du Rhin and at the Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne and Verbier festivals. His French repertory includes Le Remendado, Guillot de Morfontaine (Manon), the Duke (Chérubin), Schmidt, the four servants (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Father Confessor of the Convent (Dialogues des Carmélites), Black Wedgwood Teapot/Arithmetic/Frog (L’Enfant et les sortilèges) and Torquemada (L’Heure espagnole).

Piolino’s other roles include Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Basilio (Le nozze di Figaro), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Dr Caius (Falstaff), Monsieur Triquet (Eugene Onegin), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Pang (Turandot), Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier), Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos), Monsieur Taupe (Capriccio) and Novice (Billy Budd). Role creations include Espion (Francesconi’s?Trompe-la-Mort, Paris Opéra).