La Damnation de Faust - Méphistophélès
"Une puce gentille..."
Philippe ROUILLON - Baritone
Born in Paris, Philippe Rouillon graduated from the National Conservatoire and from the Ecole d’Art Lyrique of the Paris Opera.
Invited on the most prestigious stages worldwide, he sang such parts as Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande), Le Grand Prêtre (Samson et Dalila), Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride), The Four Devils (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Méphistophélès (La Damnation de Faust), The King of Clubs (Love for Three Oranges - French and German versions), Ourrias (Mireille), Capulet (Roméo et Juliette by Gounod), Frère Laurence (Roméo et Juliette by Berlioz), Chorèbe (Les Troyens), Saint-Bris (Les Huguenots), Le Comte des Grieux (Manon), Athanaël (Thaïs), Hérode (Hérodiade), Créon (Médée), the title-roles in Guillaume Tell (in French), Saint-François d’Assise by Messiaen and Le Roi Arthus by Chausson.
In the Italian repertoire, he sang such parts as the title-roles from Macbeth, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Simon Boccanegra, and also Germont from La Traviata, Iago from Otello, Renato from Un Ballo In Maschera, Scarpia from Tosca, Alfio from Cavalleria Rusticana, Tonio from I Pagliacci, Carlo Gérard from Andrea Chénier.
In German, he was heard as Don Pizzaro from Fidelio, Amfortas from Parsifal, Kurwenal from Tristan und Isolde, Jochanaan from Salomé, Oreste from Elektra or The King of Clubs in the German version of Love For Three Oranges.
In the past few seasons, he sang at the Paris Opera (The King of Clubs from Love for Three Oranges – released on DVD, Douphol from La Traviata, L'Hôtelier from Manon, Sciarrone from Tosca), at La Scala in Milan and at the Liceo in Barcelona (Le Comte des Grieux), in Vienna - Theater an der Wien- and in Brussels (Créon), in Cincinnati (Germont), in Warsaw (Michele from Il Tabarro as well as for a series of concerts Debussy, Ravel, Lutoslawski), in Strasbourg and Düsseldorf (The Father from Louise), at the Semperoper in Dresden (Scarpia), at the Musikverein in Vienna under the baton of Fabio Luisi (Méphistophélès), in Amsterdam (Capulet and The King of Clubs), in Marseille (Le Grand Prêtre and Karnac from Le Roi d’Ys), at the Flemish Opera (Hérode), in Brussels and Strasbourg (Saint-Bris), in Slovenia (The Four Devils), in Liège (The Duke from Stradella by Cesar Frank and Il Prologo from I Pagliacci), at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Le Marquis de la Force from Dialogues des Carmélites), in Saint-Etienne (Hildribath from Saint-Saëns’ Les Barbares – concert version), in Monte-Carlo and Muscat (The Duke from Roméo et Juliette), in Lausanne, Angers, Nantes and Rennes (Claudius from Hamlet).
His discography includes, among others, such recordings as La Damnation de Faust, Jérusalem and Francesca da Rimini (cond. Luisi), Lélio (cond. Dutoit), Le Roi Arthus (cond. Viotti), Iphigénie en Tauride (cond. Bolton), L'Enfance du Christ (cond. Cambreling), Saint-François d’Assise (cond. Nagano), Les Barbares (cond. Campellone).
During season 2021-2022, he takes over the role of l'Hôtelier from Manon at the Paris Opera where he also sings the part of The King from Massenet's Cendrillon.