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Véronique Gens

Véronique Gens (Soprano)

Born: 19th April 1966, Orléans, France

Nationality: French

Véronique Gens was born in Orléans in 1966 and trained at the Conservatoire de Paris, making her professional debut aged 20 with William Christie with whom she has continued to work closely throughout her career (she made her Royal Opera House debut in his production of King Arthur in 1995, and sings on his Gramophone Award-winning recording of the work which was issued that same year). Though Gens initially concentrated on soprano repertoire, she identifies as a falcon rather than a true soprano or mezzo, and has become particularly associated with the ‘in-between’ roles of French nineteenth-century opera through her work with Palazzetto Bru Zane (the Venice-based ‘Centre de musique romantique française’): her discography includes rarities such as Halévy’s La Reine de Chypre, Saint-Saëns’s Proserpine, Benjamin Godard’s Dante, and Félicien David’s Herculanum, and an acclaimed series of recordings exploring the development of French operatic heroines and entitled Tragédiennes on Erato. Néère, a recital of songs by Hahn, Duparc and Chausson with her regular partner Susan Manoff, won the solo vocal category at the 2016 Gramophone Awards.

Further Reading: Véronique Gens

Interview, Véronique Gens on singing Poulenc's Elle

The French soprano reflects on undertaking the biggest challenge of her career to date, and explains why La voix humaine is 'unique in the whole history of music'...

Recording of the Week, Véronique Gens in Poulenc's La Voix Humaine

The great French tragedienne tackles a role that’s surely been beckoning for years, and the results are every bit as compelling as you'd expect - with the Orchestre National de Lille providing some telling insights into the other side of this fraught phone-conversation...

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