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Dominique Visse

French countertenor Dominique Visse has participated in the first music revival in France since its inception. Although he became a chorister in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris at age 13, he pursued research on body organ and flute in the Versailles Conservatory. As an instrumentalist, he created a pastime in middle ages and Renaissance repertories, just occasionally singing like a countertenor. It had been only after research with Alfred Deller and René Jacobs between 1976 and 1978 that he made a decision to specialize in performing. In 1978, he founded the Outfit Clément Janequin and became a member of the newly created period-instrument group Les Arts Florissants under William Christie. In 1982, he produced his opera debut at Tourcoing in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. Additional notable shows included the name part of Charpentier’s Take actionéon at Edinburgh (1985), Annius in Gluck’s La clemenza di Tito at Tourcoing (1987) with Lausanne (1991), Cupid in Charpentier’s Orphée aux enfers in the Paris Opera (1987), and Delfa in Cavalli’s Giasone at Innsbruck (1988). He produced the part of Geronimo in Claude Prey’s Le rouge et le noir at Aix-en-Provence in 1989. Visse offers documented Cavalli’s Xerse and Giasone; Charpentier’s Take actionéon, Les arts florissants, David et Jonathas, and Le malade imaginaire; Campra’s Tancrède; Rameau’s Anacréon; and Hasse’s Cleofide. This year 2010 the recording Monteverdi, Sances, Strozzi, Rognoni…Parole e Querele D’amore: Madrigali a credited voci premiered, offering Visse and his wife, the soprano Agnès Mellon.

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