Interview - François Le Roux
"In another interesting fragment of the interview, Le Roux states that he never liked singers who imitate their elders, although in turn he knows that listenting to them and learning from the was extremely important. In this sense, teaching is also about that: “I'm constantly hearing things and then even the interpretation of the melodies I hear, it evolves according to what I hear. I hope it keeps me young, open, curious, rather than thinking, I'm in the position of a master, and then, I deliver my knowledge”.
When talking about the work of the singer, Le Roux highlights two moments: at the beginning, the first work is “to accept your voice when you hear it from the outside the first time”. Then, the second work is in the interpretation of a role or a poetic text, ""to see if the means we use to do what we want to do in the interpretation, are the right ones?"". Later in the interview, he is in charge of differentiating the different ways of interpreting Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, highlighting that there is a specific art for each composer.
François Le Roux
... from the very beginning, you have to accept the voice you have.
François Le Roux
He has been awarded the grade of "Chevalier" in the French National Order of Les Arts et Lettres in 1996.
François Le Roux began his vocal studies with François Loup (now a teacher at Peabody-Baltimore) at the age of 19, and later he studied 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 with all the major European opera houses and festivals, as well as renowned American Operatic venues: Santa Fé (NM), Los Angeles Opera, New Orleans Opera, Colon Buenos Aires (Argentina). His wide operatic repertoire uncovers a large scale, from Monteverdi to David Lang. Debussy’s only opera has been his “carte de visite”, first as Pelléas, then as Golaud; he has been acclaimed in both these roles. 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, and conducts master courses 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), Académie Ravel de Saint-Jean-de-Luz (France).
He is artistic Director and founder in 1997 of the « Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours », where students are taught every year (in August) the interpretation of French Song, and has been organizing the « French Song Concert Seasons » of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (French National Library) in Paris between 1997 and 2002. He has recorded for many famous labels the songs of Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Gounod, Reynaldo Hahn, etc. His CD of Henri Dutilleux’ Complete Songs (for the label Passavant Music), has won in June 2016 the “Orphée d’or Michel Garcin” of the Académie du disque lyrique. Since this, a Jolivet melodies CD, and a CD of melodramas and melodies have been released under the same label. His first book Le Chant intime, on the interpretation of French Art Song, published by Fayard in August 2004, with co-author Romain Raynaldy, has received the « René Dumesnil Price 2004 » of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts. It has been translated in Japanese and published by Shunjusha (Tokyo). His second book L’opéra français-une question de style-De l’interprétation lyrique published by Hermann has been issued in 2019.
He has been awarded the grade of “Chevalier” in the French National Order of “Les Arts et Lettres” in 1996, and chosen 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 in charge of developing the exclusive “French Vocal Art Certificate”.