Jean-Philippe Lafont

Jean-Philippe Lafont (born 11 February 1951)[1] is a French baritone. He studied in his native city of Toulouse and later at the Opéra-Studio in Paris.[2] He made his operatic debut as Papageno in The Magic Flute at the Salle Favart, Paris in 1974. He went on to appear regularly in Toulouse, where he first played the title role in Verdi's Falstaff in 1987.[2]

Lafont has performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan and the Royal Opera House, London.[2] Among the roles with which he is particularly associated are the four villains in The Tales of Hoffmann, the Comte des Grieux in Manon, Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande, Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten and the title roles in Gianni Schicchi, Rigoletto, Boris Godunov and Macbeth.[3]

His discography includes:


as well as French television J'étais à Nüremberg (2011), La Guerre du Royal Palace (2012) and Ceux de 14 (2014)[2]


  1. ^ Biography on the artist's website
  2. ^ a b c d O'Connor, Patrick "Lafont, Jean-Philippe", Grove Music Online, Oxford Music Online, Oxford University Press, accessed 21 July 2013 (subscription required)
  3. ^ Repertoire", Jean-Philippe Lafont, accessed 21 July 2013