Bass-baritone François Loup made his debut on the international music scene at the invitation of Gian Carlo Menotti in 1974, and his reputation rapidly grew to international stature. Acclaimed for his basso buffo roles in over 100 performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Loup has also graced the stage of every other major American opera company over the course of a long career. His mastery of Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti roles has been displayed in Paris, Lyon, Geneva, Glyndebourne, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and other major cities. Loup’s repertoire includes a vast selection of oratorios and art songs. Equally at home with early music as a frequent guest of the Folger Concert, Opera Lafayette, and as a recorded artist, he has also excelled in contemporary works, notably Berg’s Lulu.
In his native Switzerland, Loup received a Premier prix de virtuosité with summa cum laude degree from the Conservatoire de Fribourg and the Conservatoire de Genève. He has been an associate professor of voice at the University of Maryland School of Music since 1996. He is often sought for master classes and has judged competitions for NATS, Peabody Conservatory, and Annapolis Opera.