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Véronique Gens

Soprano

Biography

Véronique Gens in action.
Véronique Gens in Don Giovanni, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

French soprano Véronique Gens sings Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) in The Royal Opera’s 2013/14 Season. Gens made her debut with The Royal Opera in King Arthur in 1995 and has since sung Eternity/Giunone (La Calisto) and the title role in Steffani’s Niobe, regina di Tebe with the Company.

Gens was born in Orléans and studied English and Italian at university and singing at the Paris Conservatoire. She began her career with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, performing major roles in Baroque operas particularly in the French repertory. She has since added many Classical and Romantic roles to her repertory. They include Iphigénie in Iphigénie en Aulide for La Monnaie, Brussels, and in Iphigénie en Tauride for Theater an der Wien, Alceste for Aix-en-Provence Festival and Vienna State Opera, Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito) for La Monnaie and Donna Elvira for Vienna State Opera; and Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for the Liceu, Barcelona, Alice Ford (Falstaff) for Bavarian State Opera, Hanna Glawari (Die lustige Witwe) for Opéra de Lyon, Agathe (Der Freischütz) for Berlin State Opera and Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites) for the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris.

Gens sings regularly in concert and recital throughout Europe. Her large discography includes works by Purcell, Rameau, Lully, Monteverdi, Charpentier, Scarlatti and Handel, the Mozart/Da Ponte operas, a French song recital and three discs of tragic arias from French opera conducted by Christophe Rousset. Gens is a Chevalier of both L’Ordre des arts et des lettres and La Légion d’honneur.

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Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Don Giovanni

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Don Giovanni

12 February 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

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