Born in Hamburg the baritone Yannick Debus received his training at the music academy Lübeck where he completed a double degree in both Voice with Michael Gehrke as well as Music Theory and aural training with Oliver Korte and Holger Best. In parallel to his university studies, he took lessons with the renowned dutch voice teacher Margreet Honig in Amsterdam.He continued his education in Basel at the music academy as well as the Schola Cantorum where he studied with Marcel Boone and Rosa Dominguez and completed his Master Performance and Master in Specialised Performance Soloist with distinction. Alongside that, he complemented his training in Masterclasses with singers such as Ludovic Tézier, Thomas Hampson and Thomas Allen.
In academy productions, he gained stage experience in Mozart’s title roles Figaro and Don Giovanni from early on. First engagements at the opera houses of Kiel and Lübeck followed including roles such as the poet Don Perizonio in Cimarosa’s L’impresario in angustie.
At the “Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim” he sang the role of Peter Besenbinder in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel under the baton of Patrick Lange in 2017. The following year the “Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg” invited him to perform as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte under the musical direction of Ivo Hentschel.
In January 2019, he embodied the title role of Kaiser Overall in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis at Basel theatre followed by Figaro in Milhaud’s La mère coupable. Also in the same year, he debuted at the Zürich opera house as Kilian in Weber’s Freischütz. After another guest engagement as Sprecher in Zauberflöte he joined the International Opera Studio of the Zürich opera house in the season 2020/21.
Alongside opera, Debus also focusses on Lied and Oratory repertoire with which he performs frequently at Europe’s leading concert halls. Recent highlights include a CD production with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barock Orchester of Weber’s Freischütz where he sang the roles of Ottokar and Kilian. Also with René Jacobs, he performed the title role in Telemann’s Orpheus in November 2021.
In 2022 he will collaborate again with René Jacobs and sing in Händel’s Israel in Egypt and Apollo in Apollo e Dafne as well as Kilian and Ottokar in the Freischütz CD-Release tour. In the Konzerthaus Berlin he will sing The Creation by Joseph Haydn in May and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in the Berlin Philharmonic in October. In the season 2022/23 several role debuts at the Zürich opera house are coming up.