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Véronique Gens



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

French soprano Véronique Gens made her Royal Opera debut in 1995 in King Arthur, and has since sung Eternity/Giunone (La Calisto), the title role in Niobe, regina di Tebe and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) for The Royal Opera.

Gens was born in Orléans. She first studied English and Italian before training as a singer at the Paris Conservatoire. She began her career with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, performing major roles in Baroque operas particularly of the French repertory. Other engagements include Iphigénie (Iphigénie en Aulide) for La Monnaie, Brussels, Iphigénie (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, Donna Elvira for Vienna State Opera, 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

12 February 2014
Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Don Giovanni

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