Dominique Visse (W)

Counter-tenor - Conductor

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We no longer present Dominique Visse, his musical eclecticism, his extraordinary personality.

Dominique Visse entered the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris at the age of 11. At the same time, he began studying organ and flute, which he completed at the Conservatoire national de Versailles. Passionate about medieval and Renaissance music, he met in 1976 the great pioneer of the counter tenor voice, Alfred Deller and became his student. He also worked with Nigel Rogers, René Jacobs and William Christie.

In 1978, Dominique Visse founded the Ensemble Clément Janequin with whom he recorded a series of discs of French polyphonic songs from the Renaissance with Harmonia Mundi, which had become true references in this repertoire. The following year, he joined Les Arts Florissants as a singer and transcriber of the ensemble. Since then, Dominique Visse has become one of the most sought-after operatic artists in the world of Baroque opera, collaborating with René Jacobs, Jean-Claude Malgoire, William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Alan Curtis, Nicholas MacGegan, Christophe Rousset, Robert King, Ivor Bolton, Harry Bicket, Emmanuelle Haïm and Vincent Dumestre... on the stages of the prestigious Opera houses like Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Lausanne, Tel Aviv, Montpellier, Houston, Barcelona, Munich, Versailles, La Monnaie in Brussels, Théâtre du Châtelet and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Royal Opera House in London, in Japan, United States... and at the Festivals of Glyndebourne, Aix en Provence, Innsbruck and Edinburgh.

Recent and upcoming engagements include the roles of Lychas (Ercole Amante) at the Opéra Comique un Paris (conducted by Raphaël Pichon), Satirino, La Natura and Furia (La Calisto) at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Teatro Real in Madrid, Arnalta (L'Incoronazione di Poppea) at the Salzburger Festspiele, Delfa and Eolo (Il Giasone) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and at the Opéra Royal de Versailles, la Vecchia (Rossi's Orfeo ) at the Opéra National de Lorraine, the Opéra royal de Versailles and the Opéra national de Bordeaux.

Also solicited to participate in the creation of contemporary works such as Wonderful Deluxe by Brice Pauset at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Outis by Luciano Berio at La Scala in Milan, Perela, l'homme de fumée by Pascal Dusapin at the Paris Opera, La Frontière by Philippe Manoury at Les Bouffes du Nord, or La Dispute by Benoit Mernier at the Monnaie de Bruxelles, Dominique Visse has recorded over a hundred records, mainly for Harmonia Mundi.

As a conductor, he recently conducted the Café Zimmermann and Aedes ensembles on a Christmas concert tour, featuring works by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, as well as David and Jonathas (Charpentier) with the Atelier lyrique de Tourcoing, where he is returning this season to conduct two programs based on the music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier.

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Orfeo -2- Rossi - Ensemble Pygmalion
Dominique Visse - Stage
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Dominique Visse - Portraits
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Dominique Visse - L'Incoronazione, Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona - 2009
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