Sempey was secure on the scene and his connection with maestro Michele Mariotti in the pit was perfect. Sempey’s voice blended perfectly with Yende and Pertusi in their duets together and he provided a velvet timbre and vocal line for his entrance aria “Bella siccome un angelo,” which was sung with an exquisite taste. Finally, his technique and diction during the frenzied duet with “Don Pasquale” were perfect in timing and measure.
Opera Wire, Mauricio Villa
La vedette incontestable de la soirée est le baryton Florian Sempey. Sa tenue de camping à la montagne, son jeu d’acteur d’une justesse déconcertante, sa maîtrise vocale non moins remarquable : rien ne manque à sa performance pour qu’elle soit magistrale. Papageno est un personnage auquel Sempey est habitué et cela se voit dans la fluidité et la simplicité avec lesquelles il aborde un des rôles les plus aimés de l’histoire de l’opéra.
Bachtrack, Georgiana Hatara
It is surely possible to say that young baritone Florian Sempey will be (probably is) the reigning Figaro of our day. Less a look-alike of an imagined young Rossini now than in his Pesaro Figaro in 2015 he once again succeeded in bringing perfect Rossinian spirit to this comic hero. Mr. Sempey has facile, graceful movement on stage, and facile command of Rossini’s vocal requirements, singing in strongly focused, beautiful tone….
Opera Today, Michael Milenski
The bravura, magnetism, and range of Rossini’s Figaro have found an ideal partner in the French baritone, Florian Sempey, who makes Il barbiere di Siviglia a focus of his dynamic international career. With star turns already made as Figaro on the stages of Opéra de Paris, the Rossini Festival, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the 2018-19 season includes multiple engagements with the Opéra national de Paris including a new production of Les Huguenots conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Andreas Kriegenburg, La cenerentola conducted by Evelino Pidò in a production by Guillaume Gallienne, and Die Zauberflöte led by Henrik Nánási in the Company’s acclaimed production by Robert Carsen. Further performances bring the baritone to Opéra national de Bordeaux- Aquitaine for Il barbiere di Siviglia under the baton of Marc Minkowski and to Deutsche Oper Berlin for the title role of Thomas’ Hamlet conducted by Yves Abel. A concert highlight of the season includes a debut at the Wiener Musikverein in performances of Berlioz’s Lélio with Philippe Jordan on the podium of the Wiener Symponiker.
The past season included no fewer than five productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Chorégies d’Orange,Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Opéra de Marseille, Opéra national de Paris, and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. Florian Sempey also bowed as Malatesta in the first production of Don Pasquale ever presented at the Palais Garnier by Opéra national de Paris, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Opéra national de Bordeaux-Aquitaine, and back-to-back engagements at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Schaunard in La bohème conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano and as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte under the baton of Julia Jones.Read More
Florian Sempey made his professional stage debut at the age of 21 as Papageno at the Opéra national de Bordeaux-Aquitaine and he continues to enjoy a rich association with his “home” theater; he has given numerous performances in a diverse range of roles including Morales in Carmen, Pollux in Castor et Pollux, Antenor in Dardanus, Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and the title role of Le nozze di Figaro.
Subsequent international house debuts include Faust at Dutch National Opera, La favorite at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Die Fledermaus at theThéâtre National de l’Opéra Comique, Lucia di Lammermoor at Oper Köln, and Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Drottningholms Slottsteater. He often collaborates with conductors Paul Daniel, Philippe Jordan, Marc Minkowski, Henrik Nánási, Raphaël Pichon, Jérémie Rhorer, and Giacomo Sagripanti and has been directed by such luminaries as Ivan Alexandre, Robert Carsen, Sir David McVicar, and Laurent Pelly.
No less prolific is Florian Sempey’s concert career with solo recitals throughout France partnered by Jeff Cohen and Antoine Palloc and symphonic performances of Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer with the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Choeur de l’Orchestre de Paris, Missa di Gloria by Puccini with the Orchestre national de France, and concert performances of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict with the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris, Bizet’s Les Pêcheurs de Perles with the Orchestre national de Lille, Gluck’s Armide with the Musiciens du Louvre, Lalo’s La Jacquerie with the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio-France, and Ravel’s L’Heure espagnole with the Orchestre national Bordeaux-Aquitaine.