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Artists · Current artists · Dominique Visse · countertenor

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Dominique Visse began his singing career at the age of 11 as a chorister in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. At the same time he began studying the organ and flute at the Versailles Conservatory. Already passionate about Renaissance and Mediaeval music, in 1976 he met the grand pioneer of the countertenor voice, Alfred Deller, and became his pupil. He also worked with Nigel Rogers, René Jacobs and William Christie.

In 1978 Dominique Visse founded the Ensemble Clément Janequin with whom he has made a series of benchmark recordings of French polyphonic chansons of the 16th Century. The following year he became one of the founding members of Les Arts Florissants and edited much of the ensemble's repertoire in its early years. Since that time Dominique Visse has become one of the most popular lyric artists in the world of Baroque opera, working with René Jacobs, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, William Christie, Alan Curtis, Nicholas McGegan, Christophe Rousset, Ivor Bolton, Robert King, Harry Bicket and Emmanuelle Haïm in the opera houses of Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Amsterdam, Lausanne, Tel-Aviv, Montpellier, Houston, Barcelona, Munich, Versailles, at the Monnaie in Brussels, at the Théâtre du Châtelet and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, The Royal Opera House in London, on tour in Japan and North America, and at the Festivals of Glyndebourne, Aix en Provence, Innsbruck and Edinburgh. His most memorable appearances include productions of Cavalli's Calisto, Handel's Giulio Cesare and Agrippina, and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea.

Dominique Visse does not limit himself to Baroque and early repertoire. He has sung in Offenbach's Les Brigands, directed by Jérôme Deschamps and has recorded the role of La Marquise in Poulenc's Gendarme incompris for Decca directed by Charles Dutoit. He sang the role of Oreste in Offenbach's La Belle Hélène staged by Herbert Wernicke at the Festival of Aix en Provence and revived in Salzburg. He also frequently performs contemporary music and has participated in Luciano Berio’s opera Outis at La Scala in Milan and at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Perela, l’Homme de Fumée by Pascal Dusapin at the Opéra de Paris, La Frontière by Philippe Manoury at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, and Kagel’s Mare Nostrum with Jean-Claude Malgoire and in a production with the Péniche Opera.

His forthcoming opera productions include Charpentier's David & Jonathas at the Festival d'Aix en Provence with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, with revivals in the Paris Opéra comique, the Théâtre de Caen and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bontempi's Il Paride with Christina Pluhar in the Innsbruck Festival, L’Anfiparnaso / Gianni Schicchi with Jean-Claude Malgloire at the Atelier lyrique de Tourcoing and on tour in France, La Dispute, a new work by Benoît Mernier at La Monnaie in Brussels, and a revival of Giulio Cesare at the Paris Opera with Emmanuelle Haïm.

As well as his work in opera, Dominique Visse continues to perform and record with his Ensemble Clément Janequin that celebrated its 30th birthday in 2008 and whose extensive harmonia mundi discography has won numerous prizes. He also gives recitals with lute, or piano & accordion, of music ranging from Machaut to Berio via Dowland, Schubert, Offenbach, Massenet, Satie, Poulenc and Takemitsu. He has made more than fifty recordings, principally for harmonia mundi, most recently the Ensemble Clément Janequin’s L’Écrit du Cri with music from the Renaissance to the present day. His recording Parole e querele d’amore with Agnès Mellon was recently released on the Zig-Zag label. In 2012 his recent Dowland recital recording with the celebrated English viol consort, Fretwork, and the French lutenist Eric Bellocq, will be release by Satirino records.

Recital programmes 

Musick for a while

Dominique Visse, countertenor and electric bass 
Bruno Helstroffer, electric theorbo 
Jean-Louis Matinier, accordion

Guillaume de Machaut - v.1300-1377
Dame ne regarde pas

Giovanni Felipe Sances - 1600-1679
Usurpator tiranno

Bruno Helstroffer
Clan Theorbo

John Dowland - 1563-1626
Fine knacks for ladies
From silent night

Jean Sébastien Bach / Jean-Louis Matinier
Invention 4

Giovanni Felipe Sances - 1600-1679
Acenti queruli

Barbara Strozzi - 1583-1643
L’Eraclito amoroso

Jean-Louis Matinier

Henry Purcell - 1659-1695
Fairest Isle
Musick for a while

Jean-Louis Matinier

Tarquinio Merula - v.1595-1665
Canzonetta spirituale alla nanna
(Canzoni, Venise, 1638)

Dominique Visse (C) Arthur Forjonel 9858
photo Arthur Forjonel

Un satyre cornu

Dominique Visse, countertenor 
Eric Bellocq, lute

John Dowland (?1563 - 1626)
Now, O now, I needs must part

Anonyme (M.S. Scheele 1619)

John Dowland
Go crystal tears

Anonyme (M.S. Board)
Fayre mysters disdaine me not

John Dowland
Away these self-loving lads

Anonyme (M.S. Board)
The gillyflower

Anonyme (M.S. Turpin)
This merry pleasant spring
The eglantine branch

John Dowland (?1563 - 1626)
I saw my lady weep
Flow my tears
Fine Knacks for ladies

Adrian Leroy (c1520 - 1598)
J’ay du mal tant, tant (Pavane et Gagliarde)
Une m’avait promis
Au jour, au jour

Albert de Rippe (c1500 - 1551)
Première fantaisie pour guitare

Adrian Leroy
Je ne veux plus à mon mal consentir
A mes peines et enniuz

-- interval --

Giulio Caccini (c1545 - 1618)
Tutto’l di piango
Amarilli mia bella
Lasso che pur da l’uno e l’altro sole

Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger (c1580 - 1651)
Toccata 7

Giulio Caccini
Piange madonna

Pierre Guédron (c1573 - c1619)
Un jour l'amoureuse Sylvie

Ma belle si ton âme

Alessandro Piccinini (1566 - c1638)
Corrente sopra l’alemana

Antoine Boësset (1586 - 1643)
Ils s’en vont ces roys de ma vie

Gabriel Bataille (c1575 - 1630)
Un satyre cornu

Robert Ballard (c1575 - 1650)
1ère entrée de luth

François Richard (?)
Ruisseau qui court apres toy même

Etienne Moulinié (c1600 - 1669)
Amis enivrons nous

Dominique Visse (C) Arthur Forjonel 9839 2
Photo Arthur Forjonel

Ensemble Clément Janequin Photo Satirino B44 B4992 Sq Ld
Photo Satirino