Florian Sempey retrouve en Figaro l’un de ses rôles fétiches qu’il interprète avec une aisance et une joie de vivre irrésistibles. Son personnage truculent et facétieux est un bonheur de tous les instants. La voix est sonore, la technique souveraine, les ornementations sont exécutées avec brio et une incroyable vélocité, le baryton connaît sa grammaire belcantiste sur le bout des doigts…
Forum Opera, Christian Peter
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 2017-18 season includes no fewer than five productions at the Chorégies d’Orange, Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg, Opéra de Marseille, Opéra de Paris, and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.
Roles of the season additionally include Malatesta in the first production of Don Pasquale ever presented at the Palais Garnier by Opéra de Paris, conducted by Evelino Pidò and directed by Damiano Michieletto, 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 the Théâtre 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 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 del’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 del’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 del’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.