Véronique Gens - soprano
A prominent Baroque performer, soprano Véronique Gens has also become recognized as one of the world's finest singers of Mozartean repertoire.
Her success in the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence Festival with Claudio Abbado and Peter Brook took her to the major European opera houses and festivals. She has sung numerous concerts and recitals and made over 70 recordings. She has worked with some of the most prominent orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Rome's Santa Cecilia, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Les Arts Florissants, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Les Talens Lyriques under the baton of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Louis Langrée, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Wyung-Whun Chung, Ivor Bolton, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Daniel Harding, Christophe Rousset, Sir Neville Marriner, Marek Janowski, Thomas Hengelbrock and others.
Some of her most important engagements have included Don Giovanni in Barcelona, Madrid, Glyndebourne, Munich, Vienna, London and Paris, Clemenza di Tito in Dresden, Brussels and Barcelona, Così fan tutte in Tokyo and Baden-Baden, Cavalli's La Calisto in Munich, Paris and London, Pelléas et Mélisande at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Gluck's Alceste in Aix-en-Provence and Vienna, La Finta Giardiniera at the Salzburg Festival, Rameau's Castor et Pollux in Amsterdam, Iphigénie en Aulide in Brussels and Amsterdam, Iphigénie en Tauride at the Theater an der Wien, The Merry Widow in Lyon (available on DVD), Alice in Falstaff at the Baden-Baden Festival and in Nantes, Eva in a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Liceu in Barcelona, as well as Agathe in Der Freischütz at the State Opera Berlin.
Véronique Gens was been nominated for the position of ‘Chevalier' by ‘L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' and was ultimately awarded the position by the renowned ‘Légion d'honneur'.
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'This is a spectacular recording in sumptuous surround sound, and the orchestra and soloists are terrific in every way...'more >>International Record Review
'Robin Ticciati’s new version…is sensitive and scrupulous, responsive to the subtleties of Berlioz’s score and the emotions of the participants.’more >>Classical Ear
‘Each of the vocal soloists is excellent, whether narrating or portraying a character, and the good people that inhabit the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and its Choir respond sensitively and, when required, dramatically to Ticciati’s carefully plotted course…Fantastique!’more >>Infodad
'The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra plays this music very well indeed...The four soloists are all very fine.'more >>Choir & organ
‘[Ticciati] obtains excellent results from them, and his phenomenal chorus, in idiomatic French, catch much of Berlioz’s tender response to the narrative of Christ’s early childhood.’more >>The Telegraph
'As the piece proceeds, he negotiates its pacing, its contours, its shifts of emotional emphasis with an assured, evocative hand...'more >>SA-CD.net
'...sounds so French and oozes with idiomatic Berlioz...'more >>MusicWeb International
'This is a most welcome release which further enhances the credentials of Robin Ticciati, especially in Berlioz.'more >>AllMusic.com
'... good for listeners who crave a bit of lushness...this audiophile recording is worth hearing for its subtlety and beauty.'more >>Financial Times
‘The orchestra and choir respond to the conductor’s direction with sensitivity: the angelic choral contributions are a highlight.’Pizzicato
'...delicate orchestral sound, homogeneous choir singing and a fantastic quartet.'more >>The Arts Desk
‘Glorious music, impeccably performed and magnificently recorded.’more >>Gramophone
'...full of honeyed tones and an occasional exotic splash.'more >>The Observer
'...this new [recording] is beautifully fluid, flexible and transparent...'more >>The Times
'Past performances have already established Robin Ticciati as a sterling Berlioz conductor...this latest Linn release, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Radio Choir, wins him another laurel.'more >>The Telegraph
'... a first-rate, affecting performance and a timely seasonal release.'more >>