Jacques le Roux
The South African tenor Jacques le Roux studied voice and music sciences at the conservatoire of the North West University in Potchefstroom. He made his European opera debut in 2007 at the German Jeunesse Musicales Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim in the role of Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and was a finalist in the Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna Austria.
During the 2008/09 opera season he was engaged at the Staatsoper Meiningen in Germany and from 2010 to 2017 at the Musiktheater in Linz in Upper Austria. In 2010 he was honoured by the Deutsche Theaterverein of Meiningen as Artist of the Year and winner of the Ulrich Burkhardt Förderpreis.
He has worked with some of the world’s leading conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Teodor Currentzis, Alessandro de Marchi and Dennis Russell Davies.
Also as a concert artist, Jacques le Roux enjoys a reputation of “World Class Musical Event” by the Süddeutsche Zeitung and has given recitals throughout Germany, Austria, Norway, the Czech Republic, France, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia, Belgium, South Africa, Russia and Switzerland.
He has worked with renown staging directors such as Robert Wilson, Sir David Pountney, Carlos Padrissa and La fura dels Baus.
In 2013 he sang the lead in the world premiere production of Phillip Glass’ opera “Spuren der Verirrten” (The Lost) for the opening of the new opera house in Linz to international critical acclaim. He has further sung lead roles in the world premiers of operas by Ernst Luwig Leitner, Moritz Eggert and Helmut Schmidinger.
In 2016 he was nominated for the Austrian Music Theatre Award for his interpretation of Peter Quint in Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw.
In 2017 he sang the role of Alfredo in the Robert Wilson production of La Traviata under the baton of Teodor Currentzis which won three Russian Golden Mask theatre awards.
Also in 2017 he sang the role of Wallenstein in the Paul Hindemith rediscovered Opera Die Harmonie der Welt which won the OPERNWELT price as best rediscovered work and is nominated further for a International Opera Award in London.