Canadian tenor Frédéric Antoun made his Royal Opera debut in the 2013/14 Season as Tonio (La Fille du régiment). In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing Raúl (The Exterminating Angel) and Cassio (Otello).
Antoun was born and raised in Canada and studied piano and cello as a child. Following in the footsteps of his parents (an orthopaedic surgeon and a dietician) he began his studies working towards a diploma in health sciences, but eventually pursued a career in music. He went on to study singing at the University of Montréal, completing his Masters at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Antoun has appeared with such international companies as the Canadian Opera Company, Opéra de Montréal, New York City Opera, Opéra-Comique, Paris, and Salzburg Festival, in repertory ranging from Hippolyte (Hippolyte et Aricie) to Caliban (Adès’s The Tempest). He has sung Mozart roles including Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Idamante (Idomeneo) in France and Canada, and Romantic French repertory including Laërte (Hamlet), Prince Charmant (Cendrillon) and Gérald (Lakmé).
Antoun has worked with opera directors including Robert Carsen, Robert Lepage and Laurent Pelly. He is also active in the oratorio repertory, and has appeared with leading orchestras and ensembles in works including Handel’s Messiah, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s Requiem.