After studying voice with Mady Mesplé and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris, Jean-Sébastien Bou rapidly began taking on many roles in France and Europe.
In 2000, he debuted in the role of Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), which he has regularly reprised on many international stages (Paris’ Opéra Comique, the Dusseldorf Opera, Moscow’s Stanislavski Theater and, recently, the Liceu in Barcelona).
His repertoire also includes the roles of: Don Giovanni, Figaro (Barbiere di Siviglia), Malatesta (Don Pasquale), Marcello (La Bohème), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), Silvio (Pagliacci), Orfeo (Orfeo), and Tarquinus (Rape of Lucrecia).
He has also shown his skill with the French repertoire, as Oreste (Iphigénie en Tauride), Werther (in the version for baritone) in Tours, Valentin (Faust) in Lille, Henry de Valois (Le Roi malgré lui) in Lyon and at the Opéra-Comique, and Hamlet (Hamlet) in Saint-Etienne.
He has also sung the title role of Thierry Escaich’s Claude, directed by Olivier Py at the Lyon Opera, and that of Docteur Kann (Marc-André Dalbavie’sCharlotte Salomon) at the Salzburg Festival.
He is also a remarkable performer of the baroque repertoire: Borilée (Les Boréades) conducted by W. Christie at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, Adamas/Appolon in the same work conducted by M.Minkowski at the Zurich Opera; twentieth-century music: Farfarello (The Love for Three Oranges) at the Opéra Bastille, Frère Bernard (Saint François d’Assise) at Salle Pleyel; as well as contemporary works: Roméo et Juliette (Pascal Dusapin), Les Boulingrins (Georges Aperghis) at the Opéra Comique; and French mélodies: the complete works of C. Bordes with pianist F.-R. Duchable. He has also sung the Oratorio, such as Fauré’s Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonic with M. Minkowski.
Over his career, he has collaborated with conductors including M.-W. Chung, J.-C. Casadesus, L. Langrée, J. Nelson, C. Dutoit, A. Pappano, and E.-P. Salonen, and directors such as R. Carsen, F. Zambello, D. Podalydes, L. Pelly, O. Py, B. Wilson and K. Warlikowski.
More recently, he has sung the title role of Don Giovanni at La Monnaie and at the Köln Opera , the Prince of Mantua (Fantasio) and Le Comte (Lalo’s La Jacquerie) at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) in Tours, and Escamillo (Carmen), Pipertrunck (Le Roi Carotte) at the Lyon Opera, the title role of Eugene Onegin in Tours and Don Giovanni at the Drottningholm Festival and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysée.
Future appearances include the role of the Prince of Mantua (Fantasio) at the Opéra Comique and those of Escamillo (Carmen) and Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.