Since his international breakthrough, Lionel Lhote has appeared in many of the leading theatres and opera houses in Europe, including Opéra National de Paris, Liceu de Barcelona, La Monnaie de Bruxelles, Oper Frankfurt, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Chorégies d’Orange, Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège, Opéra Grand Avignon, Opéra de Nice, Opéra de Marseille, Teatro Massimo di Palermo and Glyndebourne Festival.
He began his vocal education with his father at the Académie de Musique de La Bouverie-Frameries. After studying at the Conservatoire Royal in Mons with Marcel Vanaud and Jacques Legrand, he graduated from the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles, where he won the First Prize in concert singing and gained the Superior Diploma of Lyric Art. In 2004, he was a finalist and became laureate in the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Singing Competition of Belgium. He was also awarded the Audience Prize.
Lionel Lhote has sung under the baton of such conductors as Philippe Auguin, Adam Fischer, Patrick Fournillier, Alain Guingal, Emmanuel Joel-Hornak, René Jacobs, Emmanuel Krivine, Marc Minkowksi and Kazushi Ono, and he has worked with such directors as Achim Freyer, Karl-Ernst & Ursel Herrmann, Guy Joosten, Dieter Kaegi, David McVicar, Jonathan Miller, Laurent Pelly, Mariusz Trelinski and Keith Warner.
Among the many successful roles in his repertoire are Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (company debut at Liceu de Barcelona), Dandini in La Cenerentola (among others at La Monnaie de Bruxelles and Oper Stuttgart), Leporello in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Giorgio Germont in La traviata, the title role in Falstaff, Don Carlo in Ernani, Fra Melitone in La forza del destino, Amonasro in Aida, Rodrigue in Don Carlos (Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liege), Schaunard (company debut at Opéra de Paris) and Marcello in La bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (Opéra de Toulon), Scarpia in Tosca, Conte di Luna in Il trovatore, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette (Opéra de Monte-Carlo and La Monnaie), Sancho Panza in Massenet’s Don Quichotte, Don Inigo in L’heure espagnole and Le Fauteuil/L’Arbre in L’enfant et les sortileges, and Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon (Glyndebourne Festival).
He has appeared as a soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Mulhouse, the Warsaw Philharmonia, Orchestra de La Monnaie and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Since October 2015 he has been teaching at the Royal Conservatorium of Brussels.
His latest performances include La traviata at Opéra National de Bordeaux; Don Carlos, Faust and Aida at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège; Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ at Teatro alla Scala in Milan; Benvenuto Cellini on tour with Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique conducted by John Eliot Gardiner; Don Pasquale (Malatesta) at La Monnaie de Bruxelles; La fille du régiment at Festival d’O Montpellier; Philippe Boesmans’ Pinocchio in Bordeaux; Gounod’s Faust at Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Manon in Monte-Carlo; and Werther at Opéra de Paris.