Lionel Lhote started his vocal education at l’Académie de Musique de La Bouverie-Frameries with his father. Subsequently he studied at Conservatoire Royal in Mons with Marcel Vanaud and Jacques Legrand and eventually graduated at Brussels’ Conservatoire Royal de Musique with a First Prize for Concert singing and the Superior Diploma of Lyric Art with “greatest distinction”.
Since his international breakthrough, Lionel Lhote appeared as Sharpless in Butterfly (Bordeaux); Faninal in Rosenkavalier (GT Genève) ; Schaunard in La Bohème (Chorégies d’Orange); Rivière in Volo di notte/Dallapiccola (Frankfurt); Don Alfonso (Nozze di Figaro) and Popolani in Barbe-Bleue/Offenbach (Opéra de Nancy); Pandolfe (Cendrillon), Lescaut (Manon Lescaut), Frank (Fledermaus) and Mercutio (Roméo et Juliette) all at La Monnaie, Brussels; Dandini (La Cenerentola) at Staatstheater Stuttgart, Ottokar (Freischütz, Berlioz version) at Opéra de Nice; Schaunard at Opéra de Paris (debut in the House, July 2014) ; Marcello (La Bohème) and Falstaff (Tours). Furthermore he sang the Barbiere di Siviglia‘s title-role at Liceu Barcelona (his debut in the House), was cast as Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette (Opéra de Monte-Carlo); Paolo in Simon Boccanegra (Avignon); Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles (Opéra royal de Wallonie Liège) and eventually made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival as Don Inigo (l’Heure espagnole) and Le Fauteuil/L’Arbre (L’Enfant et les sortilèges).
Last season’s engagements (2017/2018) took Lionel Lhote to Toulon to sing Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), the ROH of Liège to interpret Escamillo in Carmen and again to Montecarlo, this time as Valentin and eventually as Directeur de la Troupe (role debut) in Pinocchio, the latest opera by the Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans, that was revived at the Opera House of Bordeaux.
Noteworthy are his debut as Don Carlo in Verdi’s Ernani and his appearances in Il Barbiere di Siviglia (title-role) both at ROH Liège, his absolute incomparable Dandini in La Cenerentola at the Opera House of Stuttgart and his debut at the Paris Opera House in Werther as Johann. Eventually he distinguished himself in the role of Somarone in two different productions of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict; one at La Monnaie, the other at the Glyndebourne Festival. Other opera engagements included Lescaut in Manon in Montecarlo, Valentin in Faust in Avignon and Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles at the fairy tale opera house of Muscat/Oman.