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Delphine Galou (Contralto)

Born: Paris, France

The French contralto, Delphine Galou, studied the piano and singing additionally to her studies of Philosophy at the Sorbonne. She has been awarded prizes at numerous singing contests in France and was chosen "Discovery of the Year" in 2004 by the French Association for the Promotion of Young Artists (Adami).

Delphine Galou started her career as a member of the ensemble of the "Jeunes Voix du Rhin" and performed at the Opéra national du Rhin roles such as Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia and Mercedes in Carmen and was subsequently a guest in Rennes, Dijon, Caen, Angers-Nantes, Toulon, Nancy, Luxemburg, Freiburg, Basel, St Gallen, at the Handel Festival in Karlsruhe and at the Schwetzingen Festival.

Delphine Galou has internationaly established herself as a George Frideric Handel specialist with parts such as Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Alessandro, Andronico (Tamerlano), Zenobia (Radamisto) and Bradamante (Alcina). In 2011-2012, she made her sensational debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in the title role of Orlando furioso by Antonio Vivaldi. She also debuted at the Royal Opera House of London (Niobe by Steffani) and performed The rape of Lucretia (title role) at the Angers-Nantes Opera. Her season 2011-2012 was highlighted by Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno at the Staatsoper Berlin under the baton of Marc Minkowski, Alcina (Bradamante) at the Lausanne Opera under the baton of Ottavio Dantone and Rinaldo (title role) in Reggio Emilia and Ferrara. Upcoming plans include Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Penelope) by Monteverdi at the Theater an der Wien under the baton of Christophe Rousset and Tamerlano (Andronico) at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie in Brussels.

Delphine Galou has collaborated with orchestras such as the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble (Director: Thomas Hengelbrock), I Barocchisti (Director: Diego Fasolis), Accademia Bizantina (Director: Ottavio Dantone), Collegium 1704 (Director: Václav Luks), Venice Baroque Orchestra (Director: Andrea Marcon), Il Complesso Barocco (Director: Alan Curtis), Les Siècles (Director: François-Xavier Roth), Les Arts Florissants (Director: William Christie), Le Concert des Nations (Director: Jordi Savall), Ensemble Matheus (Director: Jean-Christophe Spinosi) and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble (Director: Marc Minkowski).

As a concert soloist, Delphine Galou is, among others, a regular guest of the Beaune Baroque Festival where she was acclaimed in Rinaldo and Alessandro by G.F. Handel, Semiramide by Nicola Porpora and Juditha triumphans and Orlando furioso by A. Vivaldi.

Delphine Galou has also taken part in the CD-recording of N. Porpora's Vespro per la festivita dell'Assunta under the baton of Martin Gester (released in 2011 - live recording Ambronay), A. Vivaldi's Teuzzone under the baton of Jordi Savall (released in 2012 - Naïve) and A. Vivaldi's Orlando furioso under the baton of Federico Maria Sardelli (unpublished edition to be released at the end of 2012 - Naive).

Source: Laurent Delage Artists Management (September 2012)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Marc Minkowski


V-4 (2014): BWV 245

François-Xavier Roth


Aria from BWV 244 [Video]

Christophe Rousset


Video (2012): G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [4th recording, Bradamante]

Links to other Sites

Delphine Galou (Laurent Delage Artists Management) [French/English]


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