Life and career
Gérard Lesne was born in Montmorency, France. His initial vocation was rock singer, but in 1979 the tenor Zeger Vandersteene introduced him to René Clemencic, a pioneer of work in the medieval repertoire, and at age 23, Lesne began touring with the Clemencic Consort.
Lesne has made more than 70 recordings and has appeared as a soloist at numerous opera houses and music festivals including the Opéra de Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, La Fenice, Opéra National de Lyon, Théâtre du Châtelet, Teatro San Carlo, Aix-en-Provence Festival, Utrecht Early Music Festival, and Boston Early Music Festival. Since 1993, Gérard Lesne has taught annual courses in vocal interpretation at Royaumont Abbey in France.
In 2004, Gerard Lesne was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and received the Académie Charles Cros in honorem prize for his career. His voice is described as full-bodied.
- 1986 : Cantate Italiane e Sonata, by Antonio Vivaldi, with Fabio Biondi on violin solo and Il Seminario Musicale, Diapason d'Or award, on Adda. Re-released by Musidisc in 2001.
- 1991 : Cantatas, by Antonio Caldara, on Virgin Classics. Re-released in 1999.
- 1992 : Salve Regina, by Vivaldi, with Fabio Biondi and Il Seminario Musicale, Diapason d'Or award, Virgin
- 1993 : Leçons de ténèbres du vendredi saint, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, with Il Seminario Musicale, conducted by Gérard Lesne
- 1995 : Motets, by Alessandro Stradella, with Sandrine Piau and Il Seminario Musicale, on Virgin Classics. Re-released in 1999 with the cantatas of Antonio Caldara.
- 1997 : David et Jonathas, by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, with Les Arts Florissants, conducted by William Christie
- 2001 : Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, with L'Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, with Natalie Dessay, Thomas Hampson, Michel Plasson
- 2002 : Arias et cantates, by the Bachs, with Il Seminario Musicale, conducted by Gérard Lesne
- 2002 : Cantates BWV21 et BWV42, by Bach, with Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royale, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe
- 2002 : Stabat Mater, by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, with Il Seminario Musicale and Véronique Gens, conducted by Gérard Lesne
- 2003 : Ô Solitude, by Henry Purcell, with Il Seminario Musicale, conducted by Gérard Lesne
- 2005 : Human?, with Shazz and Massa (CD), on Naïve
- 2006 : Salve Regina, by Antonio Vivaldi, with Il Seminario Musicale, conducted by Gérard Lesne
- "Gérard Lesne (Counter-tenor)". Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- Gruber, Paul (1993). The Metropolitan Opera guide to recorded opera. Metropolitan Opera Guild. p. 267.
- Short biography at Bach-Cantatas.com
- Page of Gerard Lesne and his ensemble Il Seminario Musicale at the Foundation de l'abbaye de Royaumont (in English)
- Gérard Lesne sings Purcell - O Solitude, Z 406