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Philippe Jaroussky (Counter-tenor)

Born: February 13, 1978 - Maisons-Laffitte, France

The French sopranist and counter-tenor, Philippe Jaroussky, studied violin. piano, harmony and counterpoint at the conservatory in Versailles. In 1996, he began his voice studies with Nicole Fallien and continued these studies at the department of Early Music of the conservatory in Paris with Michel Laplénie, Kenneth Weiss, and Sophie Boulin. He received his diploma as a violinist from the Early Music Faculty of the Paris Conservatoire.

Philippe Jaroussky had his first performance in 1999 at the Festival in Royaumont. In 1999 he sang In Scarlatti’s oratorio Sedecia at the Royaumont and Ambronay Festivals with Il Seminario Musicale and Gérard Lesne (CD Virgin Classics). With La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy directed by Jean-Claude Malgoire he took part in Monteverdi’s trilogy (Orfeo, Il Ritorno di Ulisse and Incoronazione di Poppea) and in 2001 sang the role of Arbace in Antonio Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica as well as A. Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. In 2003 he appeared as Nero at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina.

Philippe Jaroussky frequently collaborates with Jean Tubéry at La Fenice and has recorded La Morte Delusa by Giovanni Battista Bassani and A Concert for Mazarin (Virgin Classics) with him. With Ensemble Matheus directed by Jean-Christophe Spinosi he has recorded La Verità in cimento (Opus 111) and he has also recorded the role of Ruggiero in Orlando furioso from a performance at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées for Naïve. With Gabriel Garrido’s group Elyma he has recorded Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea and Selva Morale.

Philippe Jaroussky is noted for a virtuosic technique of melisma, and for compelling and enlivened interpretations of baroque cantatas and opera. This has contributed to his unusual revival of repertoire. He sings well with Vivaldi violins (and ensembles). He received the 2007 best French lyrical artist.

Currently presenting a series of recitals with his own ensemble Artaserse, Philippe Jaroussky is also singing Telemaco in Ulisse with René Jacobs at the Berlin Staatsoper and Eustazio in Rinaldo at the Vlaamse Opera conducted by Andreas Spering.

Philippe Jaroussky’s first recital disc for the Ambroisie label with works by Benedetto Ferrari received outstanding critical acclaim, winning Diapason Découverte, Recommandé de Repertoire, Timbre de Platine d’Opéra International, Prix de l’Academie Charles Cros, Grand Prix du Syndicat de la Critique, etc. His first disc as an exclusive Virgin Classics artist consists of Cantatas for alto and ensemble by A. Vivaldi.

According to La Terrasse, "this young singer with the tone of an angel and the virtuosity of the Devil has come into the limelight in only a few years as the great new French vocal talent."

Source: Clarion Seven Muses Website; Wikipedia Website; The Male Soperano Page
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (December 2007)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Emmanuelle Haïm


BWV 243
P-1 (2006):
G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Aria [Ruggiero]

Andrea Marcon


TV Broadcast: G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34 [Ruggiero]

Petra Müllejans


C-2 (2015): BWV 82, BWV 170
P-1 (2011):
G.F. Handel: Opera Alcina, HWV 34: Aria [Ruggiero]

Links to other Sites

Philippe Jaroussky (Wikipedia)
The Male Soprano Page: Philippe Jaroussky

Clarion Seven Muses - Philippe Jaroussky
Philippe Jaroussky (Early Music Network)

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