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date: 27 February 2020

Lafont, Jean-Philippe locked

  • Patrick O’Connor

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(b Toulouse, Feb 4, 1951). French baritone. He studied in Toulouse and then at the Opéra-Studio in Paris, where he made his début as Papageno in 1974 and in 1977 sang Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress. He subsequently sang regularly in Toulouse (where he took part in the première of Landowski’s Montségur in 1985) and in 1987 in the title role of Falstaff. At the Opéra-Comique in Paris he has taken part in the revivals of Gounod’s Le médecin malgré lui, Philidor’s Tom Jones and the Offenbach triple bill, Vive Offenbach!, and in 1982 sang all four sinister roles in Les contes d’Hoffmann. In 1983 he made his American début at Carnegie Hall in a concert performance of Benvenuto Cellini; his Metropolitan début was as Escamillo in 1988, and in 1991 he sang Jack Rance in La fanciulla del West at La Scala, Milan. One of the most versatile French baritones of his generation, Lafont also includes in his repertory roles such as Rigoletto, Amonasro, Barak (...

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