Véronique Gens

After her domination on the baroque scene for more than a decade, Véronique Gens went on to establish a solid international reputation and is now considered as one of the finest interpreters of Mozart and the french repertoire. One of the flagship roles of her career, Donna Elvira in the production of Don Giovanni by Peter Brook and Claudio Abbado at the festival d’Aix-en-Provence brought her worldwide recognition. Her repertoire comprises the leading Mozart roles (Donna Elvira, Countess, Vitellia, Fiordiligi etc.) and the great roles of Tragédie lyrique (including Iphigénie en Tauride, Iphigénie en Aulide and Alceste) but also heroines of a later period such as Alice Ford (Falstaff), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites) and Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe). Véronique Gens also gives numerous concerts and recitals in a wide-ranging repertoire all over the world, especially in Paris, Dresden, Berlin, Beijing, Vienna, Prague, London, Tanglewood, Stockholm, Moscow, Geneva and Edinburgh. She has performed on the world’s foremost operatic stages, among them the Paris Opéra, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, La Monnaie in Brussels, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Real in Madrid, de Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and the Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg and Glyndebourne festivals. In 1999, she was elected vocal artist of the year at the Victoires de la musique classique. Her many recordings (more than eighty CDs and DVDs) have received several international prizes (Gramophone Awards, International Classic Music Award, International Opera Award, Diapason d’or, Diapason de l’année, choc de Classica etc.). Véronique Gens is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

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