François Le Roux

François  Le Roux

He has been awarded the grade of "Chevalier" in the French National Order of Les Arts et Lettres in 1996.

Masterclasses of the lyric singer François Le Roux

François  Le Roux

François Le Roux began studying vocals with François Loup, now a teacher at Peabody-Baltimore, at the age of nineteen. Later, he continued to study under Vera Rosza and Elisabeth Grümmer at the Opéra Studio, Paris.

A member of the Lyon Opera Company from 1980 to 1985, he has since been a guest at all the major European opera houses and festivals, as well as renowned American opera venues: Santa Fé (NM), Los Angeles Opera, New Orleans Opera, and Colon Buenos Aires (Argentina). His operatic repertoire is immense, from Monteverdi to David Lang. Debussy’s only opera has been his “carte de visite”, first as Pelléas, then as Golaud. Named “Mr. Mélodie” by American critics, François Le Roux gives numerous recitals accompanied by such renowned names as Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles, Christian Ivaldi, Olivier Godin, and Jeff Cohen. He conducts masterclasses dedicated to the interpretation of French songs and recital repertoire around the world: Orford and Lachine Academy (Québec, Canada), Vancouver (BC, Canada), Minneapolis Song Source Festival (USA), Sibelius Academy Helsinki (Finland), Kyoto Société Mélodie Française (Japan), Central Conservatory of Music Beijing (China), Association Mélodie Française (Seoul, South Korea), and the Académie Ravel de Saint-Jean-de-Luz (France).

He is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Académie Francis Poulenc Tours, where every year since 1997, students have the opportunity to learn the interpretation of French Song. What’s more, Le Roux organized the “French Song Concert Seasons” of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris between 1997 and 2002.

Le Roux has recorded many works by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Reynaldo Hahn, are more with many famous publishing labels. His CD of Henri Dutilleux’s Complete Songs (Passavant Music), won the “Orphée d’or Michel Garcin” of the Académie du disque lyrique in 2016. Moreover, he has also released a CD of André Jolivet melodies under the same label. In addition to recording music, Le Roux wrote and published Le Chant intime, on the interpretation of French Art Song, published by Fayard in August 2004, with co-author Romain Raynaldy. It has been translated in Japanese and published by Shunjusha (Tokyo). More recently, his second book L’opéra français-une question de style-De l’interprétation lyrique published by Hermann was issued in 2019.

He has been awarded the grade of “Chevalier” in the French National Order of “Les Arts et Lettres” in 1996, and was selected as "Musical Personality of the Year, 1997" by the French Critics Union. He has been a vocal teacher at the National Music Conservatoire in Paris (CNSMDP), and is now teaching at the Ecole normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, where he is developing the exclusive French Vocal Art Certificate.

Instruments: Voice

Masterclasses of François Le Roux (8)

Interview of François Le Roux (1)