Delphine Galou (contralto) , France
Delphine Galou was born in Paris. Additionally to her studies of Philosophy at the Sorbonne, she also studied the piano and singing. 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).
She 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 (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 Galou has internationaly established herself as a Handel specialist with parts such as Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, Alessandro, Andronico (Tamerlano), Zenobia (Radamisto) and Bradamante (Alcina). In 2011/12, she made her sensational debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in the title role of Orlando furioso by 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 2011/12 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 (Thomas Hengelbrock), I Barocchisti (Diego Fasolis), the Accademia Bizantina (Ottavio Dantone), the Collegium 1704 (Václav Luks), the 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), the Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Christophe Spinosi) and Les Musiciens du Louvre - Grenoble (Marc Minkowski).
As a concert soloist, she is, among others, a regular guest of the Beaune Baroque Festival where she was acclaimed in Rinaldo and Alessandro by Handel, Semiramide by Porpora and Juditha triumphans and Orlando furioso by Vivaldi.
Delphine Galou also took part in the CD-recording of Porpora's Vespro per la festivita dell'Assunta under the baton of Martin Gester (released in 2011 - live recording Ambronay), Vivaldi's Teuzzone under the baton of Jordi Savall and Vivaldi's Orlando furioso under the baton of Federico Maria Sardelli (both released in 2012 - Naïve).