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Pascal Bertin (Counter-tenor)

Born: France

The French counter-tenor, Pascal Bertin, began his singing carrier at the age of 11 years old with the Choeur d' Enfants de Paris, conducted by Roger de Magnee, with whom he performed as a soloist around the world conducted among others by Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, and Sir Georg Solti. In 1988 he received, as a student of William Christie, the first prize for interpretation of Baroque music from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

As an opera and oratorio interpreter, Pascal Bertin has performed with conductors such as Jordi Savall, Christophe Rousset, Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner, Sigiswald Kuijken, Konrad Junghänel and Thomas Hengelbrock. He also enjoys an extensive carrier singing with various leading ensembles performing music of the middle-ages and the renaissance. Among these ensembles were the Huelgas Ensemble, Mala Punica, Clément Janequin, Daedalus and Gilles Binchois.

Engagements for 2004-2006 include among others: Cantatas of J.S. Bach in concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, the role of the Monk in Rob Zuidamís Rage díamour at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, the title role in Alessandro Scarlattiís Cambise at the Opera of Nice, Jan Dismas Zelenkaís Gesu al Calvario with Il Fondamento Belgium, the alto arias in St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging as well as concerts and CD recordings with Bach Collegium Japan.

Opera roles performed by Pascal Bertin include, among others, Clovis in Antonio Caldaraís La Conversion de Clovis, Mercure in Le Ballet Comique de la Royne by Beaujoyeulx conducted by G. Garrido, numerous roles from operaís by George Frideric Handel such as Orente (Riccardo), Eustazio (Rinaldo) , Trasimede (Admeto) conducted by Christophe Rousset, Amore in Monteverdiís Il Ballo Delle Ingrate conducted by V. Carrot, Amore in Giacobbiís Líaurora Ingannata conducted by R. Festa and Tolomeo in G.F. Handelís Giulio Cesare at De Nederlandse Opera conducted by M. Minkowski and Ottone (Agrippina) at the Chicago Opera Theater as well as Pastore in Monteverdiís Orfeo at the Barbican Centre in London, both conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm.

Pascal Bertin jointly founded with Monique Zanetti, Yasunori Imamura and Guido Ballestracci the ensemble Fons Musicae, whom first recordings (airs de cour by Lambert and cantatas by Bononcini) were enthusiastically accepted by the international critics. Recent CD releases include cantatas by Steffani (2001) and cantatas by A. Caldara (2002).

Pascal Bertin has recorded over 50 CDís from different periods and styles. He was also invited by Harmonia Mundi to take part in the recording project Les Trois Contre-ténors, together with Andreas Scholl and Dominique Visse.

In 1987 Pascal Bertin Founded the vocal jazz-ensemble Indigo, whom with he recorded 3 CDís by now. The ensemble was chosen in France as the discovery of the year by Victoires de la Musique.

Source: Sorek Artists Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




John Eliot Gardiner


Member of Monteverdi Choir:
C-3 (1992):
BWV 36, BWV 61, BWV 62

Benoît Haller


BWV 245

Stephan MacLeod


BWV 81, BWV 180, BWV 227

Eric J. Milnes


BWV 68, BWV 173, BWV 174, BWV 184

Jordi Savall


BWV 232 [CD+DVD]

Olivier Spilmont


C-3 (2016): BWV 12, BWV 18, BWV 161

Masaaki Suzuki


BWV 2, BWV 3, BWV 5, BWV 38, BWV 80, BWV 115, BWV 135

Masaaki Suzuki


Member of Bach Collegium Japan:
Sacred Cantatas Vol. 27:
BWV 5, BWV 80, BWV 115
Sacred Cantatas Vol. 29:
BWV 2, BWV 3, BWV 38, BWV 135

Jos van Veldhoven


BWV 232 [1st]

Links to other Sites

Pascal Bertin, Countertenor (Sorek Arists)
Pascal Bertin - Countertenor (AAM)
Profile: Pascal Bertin (Salzburg Festival)
Pascal Bertin (Händel-Festspiele Göttingen) [English/German]
Pascal Bertin - biografia (Gulbenkian) [Portuguese]
Pascal Bertin (L'opéra baroque) [Photo]

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