Gilles Denizot


Gilles Denizot is an acclaimed international opera singer who has performed at major opera houses and concert halls around the world, including in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Montreal, New York, Paris, and in Zurich as a permanent soloist of the Opernhaus. He has worked with i.e. John Cage, Armin Jordan, Ralf Weikert, Bertrand de Billy, Willy Decker, Paolo Montarsolo, Gabriel Bacquier, Donald McIntyre, Piero Cappuccilli and Ewa Podles. From an artists’ lineage, Gilles Denizot studied piano and violin from the age of three, before taking up acting and singing. He made his professional solo singing debut in 1985. In 1990, he was named ‘Soloist of the Year’ and the following year, ‘European Juventus Laureate’. He was invited to perform in the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and has since received numerous other awards, including the ‘Art Songs Prize’ in 1994. As a director, Gilles Denizot’s production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ in Greece was praised by the Herald Tribune and led to several other projects, including Britten’s ‘Curlew River’ and Massenet’s ‘Manon’ in England.

Founded in 2000 by Gilles Denizot, OperaLab has been instrumental in developing a new generation of vocal artists, in Europe, in India and now in Madrid, Spain. Our best students have established themselves as successful soloists for the operas of Berlin, London, Paris and Sydney. In 2015, Gilles Denizot launched OperaLab India, a new venture with studios in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, and Pune. OperaLab India is primarily intended to support India-trained opera singers/teachers.

Gilles Denizot joined KMMC Chennai in 2011 and gave rise to the highest rate of Best Performers, over a period of five years. He brought to his teaching methods the knowledge and experience he had gained from his international operatic career. In 2012, Gilles Denizot launched a Specialist Vocal Performance (SVP) programme, offering an advanced, comprehensive course in Western classical singing for selected Diploma-level students. The New Advanced Vocal (NAV) programme, designed & led by Gilles Denizot for AR Rahman, was due to start in 2016-17. However, India denied Gilles Denizot the renewal of his employment visa in July 2016, subsequently failing Indian students to obtain a unique training in opera.