Lucas Cortoos is a young soloist (MM Laureate) at the Royal Opera House of La Monnaie in Brussels, where he performed Ivan Ivanovich, Cab Driver and Speculant in Nos by Shostakovich, Journalist in Lulu by Berg and Guccio in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini. Last summer he has made his international debut as Le Bailli in Werther by Massenet at the Bregenzer Festspiele. He sang as a soloist with the Wiener Symphoniker, La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra Vorarlberg, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, et al. This season, he will make his solo debut at the Opera Ballet Flanders in Die sieben Todsünden by Kurt Weill. Besides his international opera career, he is committed to giving children their first opera experience. For example, he sang the role of Mr Hoppy in Un amour de tortue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, the grasshopper in A song for the moon with La Monnaie and he is touring through Belgium with Opera Caramba in the productions Carmen, The Magic Flute and soon La Traviata. He finished his Master of classical singing with the highest distinction at the Conservatoire of Antwerp, where he studied with Gary Jankowski and Lucienne Van Deyck. He continues his vocal development with mezzo Angelique Noldus. He is a laureate of the Gesangswettbewerb schloss Rheinsberg 2022 and he has won the public prize and special prize ‘Inga Kalna’ for promising talent at the Alida Vane Competition 2018 in Latvia. He is co-founder of a young promising opera company in Belgium: Opera Present (www.operapresent.be).