Gérard Lesne

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Gérard Lesne (born July 15, 1956) is a French countertenor. He also the founder and artistic director of the baroque music ensemble, Il Seminario Musicale.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1]

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.[2]

Selected discography[edit]

  • 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.
  • 2002 : Arias et cantates, by the Bachs, with Il Seminario Musicale, 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gérard Lesne (Counter-tenor)". Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Gruber, Paul (1993). The Metropolitan Opera guide to recorded opera. Metropolitan Opera Guild. p. 267. 

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