brilliantlly completing his vocal studies at the Conservatoire de
Lausanne and at the Guildhall School in London, François Piolino, Swiss
tenor, born in Basel, wins first prize at the Conservatoire National
Supérieur de Paris.
His long time vocal teacher is tenor Guy Fletcher.
A first career in baroque music, mainly with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, allows him to have a solid foundation when changing course toward the opera. Specializing in character roles, he performs in the best houses, throughout France and Europe : Bastille, Garnier, Châtelet, Lyon, Nancy, Strasbourg, Aix-en-Provence, Geneva, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Staatsoper Berlin, Glyndebourne, ...
During his many travels he meets
famous directors, among which Graham Vick, Frencesca Zambello, Günter
Krämer, Christoph Marthaler, Robert Carsen, Laurent Pelly, Moshe Leiser and Patrice
Caurier, Bob Wilson, Jean-François Sivadier,
Mariame Clement, Olivier Py, etc.. and sings with conductors such as Michel Plasson,
Ivan Fischer, Pinchas Steinberg, Bernhard Kontarsky, Lawrence Foster,
Jérémie Rhorer, Charlres Dutoit, Jeffrey Tate, Philippe Jordan or Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Roles he performed include Don Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro), Goro (Butterfly), Caius (Falstaff), Pang (Turandot), or Mr. Triquet (Onegin), not forgetting the Novice in Billy Budd at the Opéra Bastille, which earned him raving applause and reviews.
to his perfect mastery of German, François Piolino is very comfortable
in roles such as the Jews (Salome), M.Taupe (Capriccio), Scaramuccio
(Ariadne auf Naxos), Valzacchi (Rosenkavalier), or Monostatos (The Magic Flute), one of his favorite
roles, which he sang worldwide.
repertoire allows him to express himself in his native language:
Remendado (Carmen), Guillot de Mortfontaine (Manon), Schmidt (Werther), the four servants in Hoffmann's Tales or the Chaplain in The Dialogue of the Carmelites. But he is particularly fond of the three tenor roles in L'enfant et les sortilèges by Ravel : the Black Wedgwood Teapot, the Littel Old Man (arithmetics) and the Frog.
Upcoming roles include L'enfant et les sortilèges at Glyndebourne, Munich, Colone, Stuttgart, Lausanne, Geneva, Stuttgart, and his debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in L'étoile by Chabrier and Werther.