Sébastien Guèze

Sébastien Guèze

Sébastien Gueze is one of the few French tenors to have distinguished himself internationally in the greatest roles of the French and Italian romantic repertoire in recent years. His engagements include prestigious theaters such as La Monnaie de Bruxelles, the Theater an der Wien, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, La Fenice in Venice and the Metropolitan Opera. Sébastien Guèze was recently distinguished Knight of « Arts and Letters » by the French Ministry of Culture in July 2021 after 50 roles, 80 productions and 400 performances.

Recently he performed the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Dresden, Essen and Köln conducted by Kent Nagano, Don José in Carmen in Geneva, Leipzig and Sevilla, the title role of Werther in La Fenice Venice, Faust in Omaha and Lensky in Eugène Onégin in Charlotte USA, La Vestale by Spontini at the Theater an der Wien, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette in Hong Kong, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur in Saint Etienne and Faust in La damnation de Faust at the Met Opera.

Calendar

Event Date
Mar 22
to
Jun 16
Madama Butterfly
Pinkerton
Angers-Nantes Opera
Nantes, France

Artist Bio

Sébastien Gueze is one of the few French tenors to have distinguished himself internationally in the greatest roles of the French and Italian romantic repertoire in recent years. His engagements include prestigious theaters such as La Monnaie de Bruxelles, the Theater an der Wien, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, La Fenice in Venice and the Metropolitan Opera. Sébastien Guèze was recently distinguished Knight of « Arts and Letters » by the French Ministry of Culture in July 2021 after 50 roles, 80 productions and 400 performances.

Recently he performed the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann in Dresden, Essen and Köln conducted by Kent Nagano, Don José in Carmen in Geneva, Leipzig and Sevilla, the title role of Werther in La Fenice Venice, Faust in Omaha and Lensky in Eugène Onégin in Charlotte USA, La Vestale by Spontini at the Theater an der Wien, Romeo in Romeo et Juliette in Hong Kong, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur in Saint Etienne and Faust in La damnation de Faust at the Met Opera.

This season he will perform Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at the Angers-Nantes Opera, the role of Shakespeare at the Wexford Festival in their production of Le Songe D’une Nuit D’été and will make his Palermo debut as Don José in Carmen.

In his early days, his career consisted of a master’s degree in international commerce at the Institute of Administrations and Enterprises of Montpellier, then a First Prize in singing at the C.N.S.M.D. from Paris. He won the Audience Prize and the Second Prize of the Operalia – Placido Domingo Competition in 2006. From then on, he was hired for his first Rodolfo in La boheme at the Athens Opera, directed by Graham Vick, role that he sung on the stages of La Fenice in Venice at La Monnaie in Brussels, Geneva, Helsinki, Cologne, Austin (USA), Leeds Opera North, Bordeaux and Liège among others.

He has also performed Alfredo in La Traviata at the Semperoper in Dresden, at the Wielki Theater in Warsaw and at La Monnaie; the title role in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Freiburg, Bonn and Wiesbaden in Germany; Romeo in Romeo et Juliette in Amsterdam, Monterrey in Mexico and Miami; Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore in São Paulo, Brazil; the Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon in Marseilles and Vilnius; Il Duca in Rigoletto in Guadalajara and Mantova alongside Placido Domingo; the title role of Faust in Wroclaw, Omaha, Toulon, Reims, Pamplona; Pelléas et Mélisande at the Opéra de Nice; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly in Avignon; Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de Perles at the Opéra National du Rhin or Le Chevalier de La Force in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Opéra National de Lyon.

He performs rarities from the French repertoire: Fabrice del Dongo in La Chartreuse de Parme by Sauguet at the Marseille Opera, Pyrrhus in Andromaque by Grétry in Brussels, Nuremberg, at the Festival de Radio France and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Mylio in Le Roi D’ys in Liège, Saint-Etienne, Montpellier and at the Opéra Comique in Paris, Shahabarim in Salammbô by Reyer, Vincent in Mireille in Marseille, Floreski in Lodoïska by Cherubini at the Santa Cecilia Academy in Rome and at the Theater Champs Elysées ; the creations of Marius in Marius et Fanny by Vladimir Cosma, Jacques in Un amour en guerre by Caroline Glory and Patrick Poivre d´Arvor in Metz as well as Christian in Cyrano by David DiChiera in Miami and Detroit. He also sings in concert at the Chorégies d’Orange, at the Salle Pleyel, at the Harare International Arts Festival in Zimbabwe, at the Alizés Festival in Morocco, at the Oji Hall in Tokyo, at the Grand Hall Philharmonic in Saint Petersburg or at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Updated September 1, 2021

Audio Samples

Audio Sample “Addio, fiorito asil”

Video

Offenbach’s “Kleinzach” from Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Celia’s “L’anima ho stanca” from Adriana Lecouvreur

Finale from La boheme

“La fleur que tu m’avia jetee” from Carmen

Celia’s “La dolcissima effigie” from Adriana Lecouvreur

Press

"...intense yet agile timbre..." – Omaha World-Herald

Faust – "The title character, Faust, was sung by another Omaha debut artist, Sebastian Guèze. His intense yet agile timbre allowed him to present the desperate and dreamy character triumphantly. Faust longed to be young again, and Guèze managed to sing with a chilling balance of longing and vigor."

"...flattering color, and a supple and powerful voice... ” – Forum Opera

Adriana Lecouvreur – "Haughty and elegant, truthful in his articulation and precise in his diction, Sebastien Gueze presents a devilishly romantic Maurizio, with a flattering color, and a supple and powerful voice. ”

"...a depth and emotional edge..." – South Florida Classical Review

Cyrano – "The young French singer Sébastien Guèz brought a real leading man’s voice to the role, allowing some rawness to creep into his singing at moments of high passion. The new aria that DiChiera has written for the third act, in which Christian realizes Roxane really loves not him but Cyrano, is a classic grand opera show-stopper, and Guèz delivered it with a depth and emotional edge that gave the character a redeeming integrity."

"...a charismatic bundle of energy..." – Bachtrack

La bohème – "Sébastien Guèze, a charismatic bundle of energy as Rodolfo, proved very well that he was one of the warm and caring sort in an immaculately-wrought 'Che gelida manina.'"

"...a spectacular voice with a crystal clear upper register..." – EDGE Media Network

Roméo et Juliette – "The true standout of the evening was Sébastien Guéze's Romeo. Guéze is an up-and-coming tenor from France and he has a spectacular voice with a crystal clear upper register. His voice has a power and beauty that is rarely heard. Roméo is a difficult role to sing demanding a strong control of the upper register and the ability to go from forte to pianissimo on the high B-flats. Guéze handled this deftly and beautifully."