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Delphine Galou is a French-born Contralto. In addition to her studies of Philosophy at the Sorbonne, Delphine also studied the piano and singing. In 2004 she was chosen "Discovery of the Year" by the French Association for the Promotion of Young Artists ADAMI.
Delphine has a rare voice: low, rich and velvety. Her outstanding vocal technique combined with noble bearing allow her performances of the most virtuoso roles of the baroque repertoire.
Delphine started her career as a member of the ensemble of the "Jeunes Voix du Rhin" and performed at the Opéra national du Rhin in roles such as Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia) and Mercedes (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 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, Delphine 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 title role of Lucretia in The Rape of Lucretia 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 in Reggio Emilia and Ferrara.
Delphine has collaborated with orchestras such as the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble (Thomas Hengelbrock), I Barocchisti (Diego Fasolis), Accademia Bizantina (Ottavio Dantone), Collegium 1704 (Václav Luks), Venice Baroque Orchestra (Andrea Marcon), Il Complesso Barocco (Alan Curtis), Les Siècles (François-Xavier Roth), Les Arts Florissants (Jonathan Cohen), Le Concert des Nations (Jordi Savall), Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Christophe Spinosi) and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble (Marc Minkowski).
As a concert soloist, Delphine 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 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 ( 2012 - Naïve) and A. Vivaldi's Orlando furioso under the baton of Federico Maria Sardelli ( 2012 - Naive).
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