Agnès Mellon

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Agnès Mellon is a French soprano who specializes in baroque music.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Agnès Mellon started her career in 1981 with the baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, directed by William Christie, with whom, between 1981 and 1993, she interpreted Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Monteverdi, Luigi Rossi, Michel Lambert, Henry Purcell, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Jean-Philippe Rameau and others. During the 1980s, she was one of the ensemble's regular singers, together with Guillemette Laurens, Jill Feldman, Dominique Visse, Étienne Lestringant (fr), Michel Laplénie, Philippe Cantor, Gregory Reinhart, and François Fauché.

Starting in 1985, Mellon also worked under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, with La Chapelle Royale (1985–1990) and the Collegium Vocale Gent (1990–1996), interpreting Charpentier, Heinrich Schütz, Monteverdi, Jean Gilles, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

At the end of the 1980s, she worked regularly with the Belgian ensemble Ricercar Consort, under the artistic direction of the Belgian musicologist Jérôme Lejeune (fr). She also worked with various conductors, including Dominique Visse, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner, Christophe Rousset, and Gérard Lesne.

Beginning in the 1990s, she dedicated herself to teaching. She also participates in master classes in (Paris, Montreal, and Kyoto). In 1992, she gave an exceptional interpretation of Henry Purcell's songs, traditionally interpreted only by countertenors such as Alfred Deller and James Bowman. In 1997, she founded her own baroque ensemble, Barcarole, whose first recording was released in 2005.

Recordings[edit]

Mellon has made many recordings, most of them in the field of baroque music.

With Les Arts Florissants[edit]

  • 1981 : Pastorale sur la Naissance de N.S. Jésus-Christ H.483, In Nativitatem D.N.J.C. Canticum, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1981 : Altri Canti, Claudio Monteverdi
  • 1982 : Les Arts Florissants, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1982 : Actéon, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1982 : Oratorios (Il pecator pentito, O Cecità del misero mortale), Luigi Rossi
  • 1983 : Un oratorio de Noël (Sur la Naissance de N.S. Jésus-Christ H.482), Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1983 : Il Ballo delle Ingrate, Claudio Monteverdi
  • 1984 : Airs de Cour, Michel Lambert
  • 1984 : Médée, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1985 : Le Reniement de Saint Pierre, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1986 : Dido and Aeneas, Purcell
  • 1987 : Atys, Lully
  • 1988 : La Mort de Didon, Michel Pignolet de Monteclair
  • 1989 : Oratorio per la Settimana Santa, Luigi Rossi
  • 1991 : Orfeo, Luigi Rossi
  • 1993 : Castor et Pollux, Jean-Philippe Rameau

These recordings were all published by Harmonia Mundi France.

With La Chapelle Royale[edit]

  • 1985 : Motet Pour l'Offertoire de la Messe Rouge and Miserere H.219, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1987 : Musikalische Exequien, Heinrich Schütz
  • 1987 : Vespro della Beata Vergina, Claudio Monteverdi (Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale, Saqueboutiers, Toulouse)
  • 1990 : Requiem, Jean Gilles
  • 1990 : Magnificat BWV 243, Johann Sebastian Bach

These recordings were all published by Harmonia Mundi France.

With Ricercar Consort[edit]

  • 1988 : Deutsche Barock Kantaten (III) (Schein, Tunder, Buxtehude)
  • 1989 : Deutsche Barock Kantaten (V) (Hammerschmidt, Selle Schein, Schütz, Tunder, Weckmann, Lübeck)
  • 1989 : Motets à deux voix, Henri Dumont

These recordings were all published by Ricercar.

With Collegium Vocale Gent[edit]

These recordings were all published by Virgin Classics

With Barcarole, founded and directed by Agnès Mellon[edit]

Miscellaneous recordings[edit]

Opera roles[edit]

Agnès Mellon has played several opera roles, all of them in the field of baroque music:

  • Actéon, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Diane)
  • Médée, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Créuse)[3]
  • Atys, Lully (Sangaride)
  • Orfeo, Luigi Rossi (Orfeo)
  • Castor et Pollux, Jean-Philippe Rameau (Télaïre)
  • Scylla et Glaucus, Jean-Marie Leclair (Vénus)

References[edit]

  1. ^ RadioFrance concert "En 1981, Agnès Mellon entre successivement à la Chapelle Royale de P. Herreweghe et aux Arts Florissants de W. Christie. Puis elle croise les chemins de nombreux chefs : Gardiner, Malgoire, Koopman, Leonhardt, Kuijken, Jacobs (Opéra de Paris, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Théâtre des Champs Élysées, Salle Pleyel, Carnegie Hall, le Concertgebow et Opéra d’Amsterdam, salles de concert à Tokyo…)"
  2. ^ RadioFrance CD Review "On parle Madrigaux matrimoniaux : bienvenue à l'ensemble Barcarole emmené par notre couple Agnès Mellon et Dominique Visse."
  3. ^ Rothstein, Edward (21 May 1994). "A 'Medee' That Turns Antiquity Into Life". New York Times

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