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Felipe Bou (Bass)

Born: Spain

the spanish bass, Felipe Bou, graduated in Law in 1990, and furthered his vocal studies with Antonio Blancas and Alfredo Kraus. Meanwhile, he became a prize winner of various international singing competitions.

Felipe Bou made his operatic debut at the Teatro Arriaga de Bilbao, with Marina, in 1994. Four years later, he advanced his career throughout Europe with Les Pêcheurs de Perles, at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse. In 2000, it deserves to be cited his participation in the centenary's conmemorative production of Tosca at the Rome Opera, with Pavarotti, Zeffirelli and Plácido Domingo. The following year he made his debut as Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, at the Düsseldorf Opera, in such a good performance that the Bregenz Festival invited him to join, that same year, its spectacular production of La Bohème as Colline, a role he has already performed in almost ten European theatres. It was also in Düsseldorf that he has recently made his debut as Ramfis, in Aida.

In 2003, Felipe Bou made his first appearence as Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, at Tokyo, and as Conte Rodolfo in La Sonnambula, on a new production of the Leipzig Opera, later staged by the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In the following year, he made his debut in Don Pasquale at Teatro Real de Madrid, alternating in the title role with José van Dam. In 2005, as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, he stood out as the only non Italian singer in a cast headed by Leo Nucci in the Teatro Regio di Parma's tour of México. His acknowledged performance motivated a subsequent invitation to the role of Ferrando in the Covent Garden production of Il Trovatore, presented at 2006 season of the prestigious Verdi Festival in Parma. Both Verdi roles he had previously debuted at the Frankfurt Opera.

In 2006, Felipe Bou started collaborating with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, to where he had recently returned to sing L.v. Beethoven's Mass in C Major. In the 2007-2008 season, he was acclaimed by the public at his debut as the four villains in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, directed by Lindsay Kemp, in a co-production of Peralada, San Sebastián and Santander festivals and theatres. He also made his debut in Medea (Creonte), at Teatro Massimo di Palermo; Norma (Oroveso), at Palma de Mallorca; I Masnadieri (Massimiliano), at Zvolen Castle Festival, Slovakia; and finally La Favorite (Balthazar), directed by Hugo de Ana, at Santiago de Chile.

Among his extensive operatic repertoire, Felipe Bou achieved outstanding success in titles such as Evgeni Onegin (Gremin), Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Basilio), L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Seneca) or Die Zauberflöte (Sarastro). Continuously demanded by the Spanish main theatres, also should be mentioned his collaboration with European festivals and theatres such as Genova, Piacenza, Strasbourg, Montpellier, Nice, Avignon, Liège, St. Gallen or Orange.

Felipe Bou also develops a prolific concert activity, among which stand out his appearances in Rossini's Stabat Mater at the Festival de Saint-Denis Paris, with the Orchestre National de France, Messa by Rossini at the Festival Radio France-Montpellier, L.v. Beethoven's 9th Symphony at the Palau de la Música de Valencia, and La Damnation de Faust at the Festival de Música de Canarias.

His discography comprises the opera recordings of Turandot and Gianni Schicchi, for Naxos, and Albéniz's Merlin, with Plácido Domingo, for Decca. On DVD he has got Don Quijote en Barcelona, with La Fura dels Baus, and Calixto Bieitos's Don Giovanni, both for Opus Arte/ Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona, as well as Giancarlo del Monaco's La Bohème, for Opus Arte/Teatro Real de Madrid.

Source: Felipe Bou Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2008)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Melisso]

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