Véronique Gens

French operatic soprano (1966, Orléans - )

Véronique Gens is a renowned interpreter of the Baroque repertoire, who has also been sought after for her roles in Mozartian operas. She has made over 70 recordings, which have often received international awards.

After studying at the Conservatoire de Paris, she furthered her vocal training at the Jardin des Voix, part of Les Arts Florissants, under William Christie's direction, one of the pioneers of the Baroque repertoire. Thanks to him, she performed in the choir of the famous production of Atys by Lully. She also took part in the productions of the ensemble Il Seminario Musicale, directed by Gérard Lesne.

During the 1990s, she expanded her horizons, performing in many roles from the classical repertoire, especially in Mozart operas. She was Cherubino and the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, which was a great success the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 1998. During her career, Véronique has been performing under the direction of great conductors like Jean-Claude Malgoire, Claudio Abbado, Marc Minkowski, Jean-Claude Casadesus or Daniel Harding.

Véronique performed as Mélisande in Munich in 2001, Handel's Alcina in Hamburg, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin, and Missia Palmieri in The Merry Widow at the Opéra de Lyon in 2006. More recently, her dramatic interpretation of the role of Alceste received a standing ovation at the Vienna State Opera in 2012. On her albums, she collaborated with the French musical ensemble Les Talents Lyriques by Christophe Rousset, Concerto Köln conducted by René Jacobs and with Il Seminario musicale by Gérard Lesne, among others.

5 landmark dates in the life of Véronique Gens: 

1999: Was awarded the 'Opera Singer of the Year' prize at the Victoires de la musique classique

1998: Performed as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni

2003: Recorded Handel’s Agrippina, under the direction of Jean-Claude Malgoire

2006: Was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres

2011: Was appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Légion d'Honneur

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