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Name  Agnes Mellon
Role  Musical Artist
Music group  La Chapelle Royale

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Albums  Atys (extraits), Magnificat BWV 243 / Cantate BWV 80
Similar People  Dominique Visse, Howard Crook, Peter Kooy, Gerard Lesne, Guillemette Laurens

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Agnès Mellon is a French soprano who specializes in baroque music.

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Biography

Agnès Mellon started her career in 1981 with the baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, directed by William Christie, with whom, between 1981 and 1993, she interpreted Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Monteverdi, Luigi Rossi, Michel Lambert, Henry Purcell, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Jean-Philippe Rameau and others. During the 1980s, she was one of the ensemble's regular singers, together with Guillemette Laurens, Jill Feldman, Dominique Visse, Étienne Lestringant, Michel Laplénie, Philippe Cantor, Gregory Reinhart, and François Fauché.

Starting in 1985, Mellon also worked under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe, with La Chapelle Royale (1985–1990) and the Collegium Vocale Gent (1990–1996), interpreting Charpentier, Heinrich Schütz, Monteverdi, Jean Gilles, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

At the end of the 1980s, she worked regularly with the Belgian ensemble Ricercar Consort, under the artistic direction of the Belgian musicologist Jérôme Lejeune. She also worked with various conductors, including Dominique Visse, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, John Eliot Gardiner, Christophe Rousset, and Gérard Lesne.

Beginning in the 1990s, she dedicated herself to teaching. She also participates in master classes in (Paris, Montreal, and Kyoto). In 1992, she gave an exceptional interpretation of Henry Purcell's songs, traditionally interpreted only by countertenors such as Alfred Deller and James Bowman. In 1997, she founded her own baroque ensemble, Barcarole, whose first recording was released in 2005.

Recordings

Mellon has made many recordings, most of them in the field of baroque music.

With Les Arts Florissants

  • 1981 : Pastorale sur la Naissance de N.S. Jésus-Christ H.483, In Nativitatem D.N.J.C. Canticum, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1981 : Altri Canti, Claudio Monteverdi
  • 1982 : Les Arts Florissants, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1982 : Actéon, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1982 : Oratorios (Il pecator pentito, O Cecità del misero mortale), Luigi Rossi
  • 1983 : Un oratorio de Noël (Sur la Naissance de N.S. Jésus-Christ H.482), Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1983 : Il Ballo delle Ingrate, Claudio Monteverdi
  • 1984 : Airs de Cour, Michel Lambert
  • 1984 : Médée, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1985 : Le Reniement de Saint Pierre, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1986 : Dido and Aeneas, Purcell
  • 1987 : Atys, Lully
  • 1988 : La Mort de Didon, Michel Pignolet de Monteclair
  • 1989 : Oratorio per la Settimana Santa, Luigi Rossi
  • 1991 : Orfeo, Luigi Rossi
  • 1993 : Castor et Pollux, Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • These recordings were all published by Harmonia Mundi France.

    With La Chapelle Royale

  • 1985 : Motet Pour l'Offertoire de la Messe Rouge and Miserere H.219, Marc-Antoine Charpentier
  • 1987 : Musikalische Exequien, Heinrich Schütz
  • 1987 : Vespro della Beata Vergina, Claudio Monteverdi (Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale, Saqueboutiers, Toulouse)
  • 1990 : Requiem, Jean Gilles
  • 1990 : Magnificat BWV 243, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • These recordings were all published by Harmonia Mundi France.

    With Ricercar Consort

  • 1988 : Deutsche Barock Kantaten (III) (Schein, Tunder, Buxtehude)
  • 1989 : Deutsche Barock Kantaten (V) (Hammerschmidt, Selle Schein, Schütz, Tunder, Weckmann, Lübeck)
  • 1989 : Motets à deux voix, Henri Dumont
  • These recordings were all published by Ricercar.

    With Collegium Vocale Gent

  • 1990 : Missae, BWV 234 & 235, Sanctus, BWV 238, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 1991 : Missae BWV 233 & 236, Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 1993 : Kantaten 39, 93 & 107, Bach
  • 1996 : Geistliche Chormusik, Heinrich Schütz
  • These recordings were all published by Virgin Classics

    With Barcarole, founded and directed by Agnès Mellon

  • 2005 : Les Déesses outragées, cantatas of Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, Philippe Courbois and François Colin de Blamont
  • 2011 : Parole e querele d'amore
  • Miscellaneous recordings

  • 1987 : Die Sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, Heinrich Schütz, Ensemble Clément Janequin (dir. Dominique Visse), Saqueboutiers, Toulouse
  • 1987 : Duos et Cantates, Carissimi, Concerto Vocale, dir. René Jacobs
  • 1988 : Les Comédies-Ballets, Lully-Molière, Les Musiciens du Louvre, dir. Marc Minkowski
  • 1988 : Scylla et Glaucus, Jean-Marie Leclair, Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, dir. John Eliot Gardiner
  • 1992 : Songs from Orpheus Britannicus, Henry Purcell, interpreted by Agnès Mellon, Christophe Rousset and Wieland Kuijken
  • 1993 : Cantiques Spirituels de Jean Racine, Pascal Colasse, Les Talens Lyriques, dir. Christophe Rousset
  • 1993 : Motets à une ou deux voix, Daniel Danielis, Les Talens Lyriques, dir. Christophe Rousset
  • 1993 : Leçons de Ténèbres, Office du Vendredi Saint, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Il Seminario Musicale, dir. Gérard Lesne
  • 2003 : Maria, Madre de Dio (Handel, Ferrandini, Scarlatti), ensemble Arion, dir. Monica Huggett
  • Opera roles

    Agnès Mellon has played several opera roles, all of them in the field of baroque music:

  • Actéon, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Diane)
  • Médée, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Créuse)
  • Atys, Lully (Sangaride)
  • Orfeo, Luigi Rossi (Orfeo)
  • Castor et Pollux, Jean-Philippe Rameau (Télaïre)
  • Scylla et Glaucus, Jean-Marie Leclair (Vénus)
  • References

    Agnès Mellon Wikipedia


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