Raphaël Pichon (Conductor)
Born: 17th October 1984, France
The French conductor and countertenor Raphaël Pichon was born in Paris in 1984 and was a boy chorister at Versailles before studying at the Conservatoire de Paris, where he formed Ensemble Pygmalion in 2006. Their debut recording of Missae Breves by JS Bach was released on Alpha in 2008, and won praise from Gramophone for Pichon’s ‘warmth and an unusual sensitivity to the periodic structure of each movement’; their discography also includes the Mass in B Minor (‘a Bach project of the highest calibre’ – Gramophone), Rameau’s Dardanus and Castor et Pollux, Enfers (a recital of Rameau, Gluck and Rebel with baritone Stéphane Degout, which won the Recital Category at the 2019 International Opera Awards), and the Gramophone Award-winning Mozart – The Weber Sisters with Pichon’s wife, the coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe.
Further Reading: Raphaël Pichon
The French conductor talks to Katherine about recording three 'mosaics' of music which Mozart composed or encountered during the period leading up to his life-changing collaboration with Lorenzo Da Ponte, including extracts from his abandoned operas Lo sposo deluso and L'oca del Cairo, and music by Salieri, Paisiello and Soler.
Katherine enjoys a double helping of French soprano virtuosity.