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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.

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

Her repertoire includes the greatest Mozart parts (Donna ElviraContessa 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 (Die lustige Witwe).

In addition to her wide-ranging classical repertoire, Véronique Gens gives numerous concerts and French melodies recitals all over the world, notably in Paris, Amsterdam, Dresden, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, London, Tanglewood, Beijing, Stockholm, Moscow, Geneva or Edimburgh.

She has performed on the most prestigious stages in the world: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Paris National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, La Monnaie in Brussels, Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam as well as at the Festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg and Glyndebourne.

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

More recently, she sang in Alceste at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Paris National Opera, La Belle Hélène at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Don Giovanni in Amsterdam and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, La clemenza di Tito in Dresden and at the Wiener Staatsoper, Falstaff at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Iphigénie en Tauride and Die lustige Witwe at the Paris  National Opera, Dialogues des Carmélites in Paris, Caen and at La Monnaie in Brussels, Faust in an original concert version revisited by Christophe Rousset at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées… In concert, she sang melodies by Henri Duparc with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer by Ernest Chausson with the Orchestre National de Lille and with the Mitteldeutscher Sinfonieorchester, Les Indes Galantes in Budapest, Kassya by Léo Delibes at Radio France Festival in Montpellier, La Voix humaine at the Atelier Lyrique in Tourcoing, La Reine de Chypre at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Nonne sanglante by Berlioz at the Festival CôteSaint-André, Les Nuits d’été with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel under the baton of Daniele Rustioni in Lyon…

Her noteworthy projects include Don Giovanni (Donna Elvira) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Les Troyens (Hécube) and Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Giulietta) at the Paris Opera, Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame Lidoine) at the Liceu in Barcelona, Maître Péronilla (Leona) in concert version and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Ottavia) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Voix humaine directed by Christian Schiaretti at the Théâtre National Populaire of Villeurbanne, Scylla et Glaucus (Circé) by Jean-Marie Leclair in San Francisco and at the Opéra Royal de Versailles… In concert, she will sing Fidelio (Leonore) with La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Armide in Brussels, Metz and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, melodies by Berlioz with the Orchestre de Picardie, Shéhérazade in Rouen and then in Oslo with Vassily Petrenko, the Wesendonck Lieder with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe, La Mort de Cléopâtre with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo… She will also give numerous recitals in Oxford, Brussels, Paris, Strasbourg…

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. Visions received an International Classic Music Awards as well as a International Opera Awards in 2018.

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.

 

October 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