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Philippe Jaroussky  counter-tenor

Ensemble Artaserse

That most popular of counter-tenors Philippe Jaroussky returns to his first loves with Monteverdi and Cavalli.

Philippe Jaroussky © SimonFowler
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Monteverdi, Cavalli...

With his crystal-clear timbre and supple, agile voice, Philippe Jaroussky is the quintessential tenor of his generation. His flawless technical mastery and disarming facility allow him to tackle the boldest and most risk-laden nuances in the most extreme repertoire, including Handel and Kaija Saariaho recently. He is increasingly drawn to the opera stage, but continues to perform in the more intimate recital environment with the Ensemble Artaserse, his close musical associates for many years. His new programme is built around the "Seicento", a period in which the two geniuses Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli reigned supreme. The latter’s famous lamenti will find in the counter-tenor’s performance all the weightlessness of suspended time they require. The melodic imagination and unusual sense of drama of these great names in the early repertoire will certainly be in evidence this evening.

Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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