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Stefaan Degand is opera singing: I don't believe in people pin down in one category
Showbiz Stefaan Degand we all know as the celebrated actor from ‘The Round’ and as a keen member of the jury in ‘The Smartest Man’, but soon he will be a very different direction with his career. The man will be out in may on the stage as... an opera singer. “First time on film and now opera, amazing isn't it? People pin down into one category, because I believe absolutely not.”

Degand puts his baritonstem for the Flemish opera ‘Macho’. That is the very first chamber opera of lauded composer Robert Groslot, also known as the conductor of ‘Night of The Proms’. “The opera is in French, with a lot of humor”, it says on the website of production company Deep Bridge to read. The piece should go on the may 1 premiere in hall Horta in Antwerp.

Nobody will take it you blame if you are surprised looked up at the read of ‘Stefaan Degand’ and ‘opera’ in the same sentence. Yet the genre is to him not unknown. Influenced by his father he grew on you with a “great interest” in singing, opera and classical music. For he as an actor and graduated to Studio Teirlinck, he was in the middle of years 90, an opera-training in Ghent, which he did not finish. “I was sitting there with a double feeling,” says Degand in The Morning. “I was sure that the actor wanted to be, but my father pushed me more towards classical music. Eventually I stopped, still with the opera-training to fully for an actor to go. I was barely taught and was made to live.”

The story of ‘Macho’ revolves around Kitty and Klaus, two very different people. “Macho is a universal love story,”says Degand, “and as it should be in a good drama, it is the crooked.” Kitty get greedy by life; a vibrant, spirited woman that love every day and wants to taste it. Klaus is a shy introvert that his days wears in his beddenwinkel ‘Trad’. He is a loyal, gray mouse who daydream of romantic love. “It is long ago that I was on the scene long parties sang. The last time it was Love/His hands, a production by Josse De Pauw, already ten years ago meanwhile. So again, discipline, nourish, study, and training, but I see there enórm to” decision Degand.

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