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Véronique Gens

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After shining over the baroque stage for over a decade, Véronique Gens has achieved a strong international reputation and is now considered one of the best Mozart singers. One of her most prominent roles, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni staged by Peter Brook and conducted by Claudio Abbado at the Aix-en-Provence Festival earned her worldwide recognition.

Her repertoire includes the greatest Mozart parts (Donna Elvira, Contessa Almaviva, Vitellia, Fiordiligi…), famous roles from lyrical tragedies (Iphigénie en Tauride, Iphigénie en Aulide, Alceste…) as well as later ones such as Alice Ford (Falstaff), Eva (Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites), Hélène (La Belle Hélène), Missia Palmeri (La Veuve Joyeuse).

In addition to her wide-ranging classical repertoire, Véronique Gens gives numerous concerts, notably in Paris, Dresden, Berlin, Peking, Vienna, Prague, London, Tanglewood, Stockholm, Moscow, Geneva, or Edimburgh.

She regularly sings French melodies in recitals all over the world.

Véronique Gens has performed on the most prestigious stages in the world: Covent Garden Royal Opera House, Staatsoper in Vienna, Opéra de Paris, Staatsoper in Munich, La Monnaie in Brussels, Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Nederlandse Opera  in Amsterdam, as well as at Festivals in Aix, Salzburg and Glyndebourne…

She has thus had the chance to sing under the baton of such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Charles Dutoit, Louis Langrée, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Myung-Whun Chung, Ivor Bolton, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Daniel Harding, Christophe Rousset, Sir Neville Marriner, Marek Janowski, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Jordan, Alain Altinoglu, Jérémie Rhorer, Bertrand de Billy… She has also collaborated with renowned stage directors like Peter Brook, Olivier Py, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Claus Guth, Jurgen Flimm, Graham Vick, Calixto Bieito, Christof Loy, Pierre Audi, Willy Decker, Michael Haneke…

Most recently, she has sung Alceste at the Wiener Staatsoper, La Belle Hélène at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Don Giovanni in Amsterdam, Alceste, Iphigénie en Tauride and Die lustige Witwe at the Opéra de Paris, Don Giovanni and Falstaff at the Bayerische Staatsoper of Munich, La Clemenza di Tito in Dresden and at the Wiener Staatsoper, Dialogues des Carmélites at La Monnaie in Brussels… In concert, she has sung with the Berliner Philharmoniker songs by Duparc, with the Orchestre national de Lille for Le Poème de l’amour et de la mer by Chausson…

Her noteworthy projects include, Les Troyens and Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Paris Opera, Dialogues des Carmélites in Caen, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Liceu Barcelona, Les Indes Galantes in Budapest, Faust and Maître Péronilla in concert version and L’Incoronazione di Poppea at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Don Giovanni at the Wiener Staatsoper, Armide at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, in Metz and Brussels…

She will also sing in concert with the Mitteldeutscher SinfonieOrchester conducted by Bertrand de Billy for Le Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer, with the NHK Symphony Orchestra for La Mort de Cleopatre in Tokyo, with the Oslo Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko and the Orchestre de Rouen for Shéhérazade, with la Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire for La Voix humaine and Fidelio, with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra for Berlioz Les Nuits d’Eté, with the Orchestre de Picardie in a Berlioz program, at the Radio France Festival and in Montpellier for Léo Delibes’ Kassya…

She will also appear in recital in Lille, at La Monnaie de Bruxelles, in Strasbourg, Venice, at the Wigmore Hall in London, in Amsterdam, in Praha…

In 1999, she was chosen Lyrical Performer of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.

Her many recordings (over 80 CDs and DVDs) have received several international awards. Néère, her record devoted to French melodies has won a Gramophone Award in 2016.

Véronique Gens has been promoted to the rank of Chevalier in the French order of Légion d’Honneur as well as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

 

January 2018

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BERLIOZ - Béatrice et Bénédict (Béatrice)
BERLIOZ - La Damnation de Faust (Marguerite)
BERLIOZ - Les Troyens (Didon)
GLUCK - Alceste (Alceste)
GLUCK - Armide (Armide)
GLUCK - Iphigénie en Aulide (Iphigénie)
GLUCK - Iphigénie en Tauride (Iphigénie)
HAENDEL - Alcina (Alcina)
HAENDEL - Agrippina (Agrippina)
HAENDEL - Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (Piacere)
LEHAR - Die lustige Witwe (Missia)
LULLY - Alceste (Alceste)
MASSENET - Werther (Charlotte)
MONTEVERDI - L'incoronazione di Poppea (Poppea / Ottavia)
MOZART - La Clemenza di Tito (Vitellia / Sesto)
MOZART - Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi / Dorabella)
MOZART - Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira)
MOZART - Le Nozze di Figaro (Contessa Almaviva)
OFFENBACH - Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Giulietta)
OFFENBACH - La Belle Hélène (Hélène)
POULENC - Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame Lidoine)
PURCELL - Dido and Aeneas (Dido)
STRAUSS (R.) - Der Rosenkavalier (Marschallin)
VERDI - Falstaff (Alice)
WAGNER - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Eva)
WEBER - Der Freischütz (Agathe)
Discography

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Halévy – La Reine de Chypre

V. Gens, C. Dubois, E. Dupuis, E. Huchet, C. Stamboglis, A. Sargsyan, T. Lavoie
Flemish Radio Choir
Orchestre de Chambre de Paris / Hervé Niquet
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane / 2018

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Godard – Dante

E. Montvidas,‎ V. Gens (Béatrice),‎ J-F. Lapointe,‎ R. Frenkel,‎ A. Foster-Williams,‎ D. Axentii,‎ A. Lepri Meyer
Münchner Rundfunkorchester / ‎ Ulf Schirmer
Ediciones Singulares / 2017

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Visions

Musiques de Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Halevy, Bizet, Bruneau, Franck, Godard…
Münchner Rundfunkorchester - Hervé Niquet
CD Alpha Classics, 2017

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Saint-Saëns – Proserpine

V. Gens, F. Antoun, M.-A. Henry, A. Foster-Williams, J. Teitgen…
Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane, 2017

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Lalo – La Jacquerie

V. Gens, N. Gubisch, C. Castronovo, J.-S. Bou, B. Pinkhasovich, P. Bolleire…
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Patrick Davin
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane, 2016

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Gounod – Saint-Marc

M. Vidal, V. Gens, T. Christoyannis, A. Foster-Williams, A. Heyboer, N. Nahoun…
Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane, 2016

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David – Herculanum

V. Gens, K. Deshayes, E. Montvidas, N. Courjal, J. Véronèse
Brussels Philharmonic, Hervé Niquet
CD Palazzetto Bru Zane, 2015

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Néère

Mélodies de Hahn, Duparc & Chausson
V. Gens, soprano
S. Manoff, piano
CD Alpha Classics, 2015
Gramophone Awards Winner 2016

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Steffani – Niobe, Regina di Tebe

V. Gens, J. Laszczkowski, I. Davies, A. Miles, D. Galou, L. Odinius, A. Forsythe, B. Taddia, T. Mead
Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock
CD Opus Arte, 2015

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Rameau – Les Fêtes de Polymnie

V. Gens, E. Barath, A. Legay, M. Vidal, T. Dolié
Orfeo Orchestra – G. Vashegyi
CD Glossa 2015

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Gluck – Iphigénie en Aulide & Iphigénie en Tauride

Iphigénie en Aulide: V. Gens (Iphigénie), S. Haller (Diane), N. Testé (Agamemnon), A-S von Otter (Clytemnestre)
Iphigénie en Tauride: M. Delunsch (Iphigénie), L. Alvaro (Thoas), J-F Lapointe (Oreste), Y. Beuron (Pylade), S. Haller (Diane)
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble / M. Minkowski
DVD Opus Arte / 2013

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Poulenc – Dialogues des Carmélites

P. Petibon, V. Gens, S. Koch, S. Piau, R. Plowright, T. Lehtipuu, P. Rouillon, F. Piolino
Philharmonia Orchestra, Jérémie Rhorer
DVD Warner Erato 2014

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Mozart – Don Giovanni

M. Kwiecien, A. Esposito, A. Tsymbalyuk, V. Gens, A. Poli, M. Byström, E. Watts, D. Kimberg
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Nicola Luisotti
DVD Opus Arte, 2014

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Berlioz – L’enfance du Christ

Y. Beuron, A. Miles, S. Loges, V. Gens
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / R. Ticciati
CD Linn Records / 2013

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Berlioz & Ravel

Herminie, Les Nuits d’été, Shéhérazade
V. Gens, soprano
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, John Axelrod
CD Ondine 2012

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Dauvergne – Hercule Mourant

V. Gens, A. Foster-Williams, E. Gonzalez Toro, E. Crossley-Mercer, J. Fuchs, J. Azzaretti, A. Buet, J. Borghi, R. Champion
Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset
CD Aparté, 2012

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Tragédiennes 3

Airs de Mehul, Kreutzer, Salieri, Gluck, Gossec, Meyerbeer, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Verdi…
V. Gens, soprano
Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset
CD Erato, 2011

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Purcell – King Arthur

V. Gens, C. McFadden, S. Piau, S. Waters, J. Best, P. Saloman, F. Bazola, I. Paton, M. Padmore
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
CD Erato, 2010

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Tragédiennes 2

Airs de Gluck, Sacchini, Piccinni, Rameau, Cherubini, Berlioz…
V. Gens, soprano
Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset
CD Erato, 2009

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Martin y Soler – Il Burbero di buon cuore

E. de la Merced, C. Chausson, V. Gens, S. Pirgu, C. Diaz, J.F. Gatell, L. Pisaroni, J. Miquel Ramón
Orquesta Titular del Teatro Real, Christophe Rousset
DVD Dynamic, 2009

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Rameau – Castor et Pollux

A.M. Panzarella, V. Gens, J. van Wanroij, F. Bjarnason, H. Neven, N. Testé
Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset
DVD Opus Arte, 2008

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Charpentier – Te Deum, Litanies de la Vierge, Missa « Assumpta est Maria »

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
CD Harmonia Mundi, 2008

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Lehár – La Veuve joyeuse

V. Gens, I. Ludlow, M. Léger, F. Le Roux, G. Gietz, D. Lefort…
Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon, G. Korsten
DVD Virgin classics, 2007

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Canteloube – Chants d’Auvergne

Chants d’Auvergne (sélection), Triptyque, Chants de France (sélection)
V. Gens, soprano
Orchestre National de Lille, S. Baudo
CD Naxos 2007

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Mozart – Don Giovanni

W. Drabowicz, K. Youn, V. Gens, R. Schorg, M. Reijans, A. Kocherga,
Orchestra Academy of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Bertrand de Billy
DVD Opus Arte, 2006

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Mozart – La Finta Giardiniera

J. Graham-Hall, A. Reinprecht, J.M. Ainsley, V. Gens, R. Donose, A. Kucerova, M. Werba
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Ivor Bolton
DVD Deutsche Grammophone, 2006

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Mozart – Mass in C

N. Dessay, V. Gens, T. Lehtipuu, L. Pisaroni
Le Concert d’Astrée, Louis Langrée
CD Erato, 2006

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Bach – H moll messe

J. Zomer, V. Gens, A. Scholl, C. Prégardien, P. Kooy, H. Müller-Brachmann
Collegium Vocale Gent - Philippe Herreweghe
CD Harmonia Mundi, 2006

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Tragédiennes 1

Airs de Lully, Campra, Rameau, Mondonville, Leclair, Royer
V. Gens, soprano
Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset
CD Erato, 2005

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Canteloube – Chants d’Auvergne

V. Gens, soprano
Orchestre National de Lille, JC Casadesus
CD Naxos, 2005

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Mozart – Le Nozze di Figaro

V. Gens, P. Ciofi, A. Kirchschlager, L. Regazzo, S. Keenlyside…
Concerto Köln, René Jacobs
CD Harmonia Mundi, 2004

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Händel – Agrippina

V. Gens, N. Smith, P. Jaroussky, I. Perruche, T. Grégoire
La Grande Ecure et la Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire
DVD Dynamic, 2004

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Rameau – Castor & Pollux

H. Crook, J. Corréas, A. Mellon, V. Gens, S. Piau, M. Padmore, C. Brua…
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
CD Harmonia Mundi 2003

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Berlioz

Les Nuits d’été, La mort de Cléopâtre, Zaïde, La captive, la belle voyageuse
V. Gens, soprano
Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Lyon, Louis Langrée
CD Erato, 2001

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Mozart – Don Giovanni

P. Mattei, G. Cachemaille, C. Remigio, V. Gens, M. Padmore, L. Larssonn, T. Fechner, G. Oskarssonn
Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding
CD Virgin Classics, 2000

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Nuit d’étoiles – Mélodies Françaises Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc

V. Gens, soprano
R. Vignoles, piano
CD Erato, 2000

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Mozart – Così fan tutte

V. Gens, B. Fink, W. Güra, M. Boone, P. Spagnoli, G. Oddone
Concerto Köln, René Jacobs
CD Harmonia Mundi, 1999

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Händel – Cantates

La Lucrezia, Armida abbandonata, Agrippina condotta a morire
V. Gens, soprano
Les Basses réunies
CD Virgin Classics, 1999

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Mozart – Airs d’opéras et de concert

Extraits de Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Clemenza di Tito, Così fan tutte…
V. Gens, soprano
M. Tan, pianoforte
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ivor Bolton
CD Virgin Classics, 1998

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Berlioz – L’Enfance du Christ

V. Gens, P. Agnew, O. Lallouette, L. Naoury
Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Philippe Herreweghe
CD Harmonia Mundi, 1997

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The Berlin Gala – A salute to Carmen

R. Alagna, AS von Otter, V. Gens, B. Terfel, M. Pletnev, G. Shaham
Berliner Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado
Deutsche Grammophone, 1997

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Pergolesi – Stabat Mater

V. Gens, G. Lesne
Il Seminario musicale
CD Erato 1997

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Purcell – Dido and Aeneas

V. Gens, N. Berg, S. Marin-Degor, C. Brua…
Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
CD Erato 1995

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Purcell – The Fairy Queen

Les Arts Florissants – William Christie
CD Harmonia Mundi, 1989