Of all the singing repertoire, it is on the operatic stage that Jean-Louis Serre demonstrates his wonderful singing and acting talents and his captivating stage presence.
Jean-Louis SERRE has worked with Marc Minkowski, Christophe Rousset, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Hervé Niquet, Philippe Herreweghe...
This year, he has starred as Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen , and as the Count in Mozart's «The Marriage of Figaro . He has formerly appeared in Verdi's Don Carlo at the Orange Music Festival, Puccini's Mme Butterfly at Avignon; also at the Avignon Festival in the musical comedy Titanic by Yeston, and in Nantes in Viva la Mamma by Donizetti. He made his stage début in Geneva's Grand Théâtre as Aeneas in «Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, conducted by Hervé Niquet. The production later toured to Caen. He has also taken part in a Moscow production based on the La Fontaine Tales by Lecoq, Offenbach and d'Ormesson. As well as these engagements he has frequently performed sacred music.
During the 2002-03 season he sang Medée by Michèle Reverdy at the Lyon Opera House, and The Seven Deadly Sins and Lost in the Stars by Kurt Weill together with Jean-Claude Casadesus and Eric Fischer.
Among his recordings are: Les Amours de Ragonde with the Musiciens du Louvre which won the Diapason d'Or award, Cantiones by Kurt Huber with the Young Soloists; Fauré's Requiem with the Petits Chanteurs de Versailles, the Motets by Franck which received the Choc de la Musique award, Duruflé's Requiem and The Missa con Jubilo with the Jean Sourisse Vocal Ensemble which also received the Choc de la Musique award and Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ conducted by Jean-Claude Casadesus.
What the press says:
"…the public was entirely won over by Jean-Louis Serre's performance and the warm and robust quality of his baritone voice…" (Ouest-France about A German Requiem by Brahms)
"…Jean-Louis Serre as Bertrand demonstrated his vocal ease and his beautiful resonant low notes…" (Le Concertographe on Iolanta by Tchaïkowski performed with the Orchestre Philarmonique de France)
"…As for Jean-Louis Serre, he is a bass with direct, simple and precise phrasing and solid deep notes ..." (Le Figaro, 16 August 1999 by P. Petit on Haydn's St Cecilia's Mass performed at the Vigan Festival with Michel Piquemal)
"…Jean-Louis Serre is proving to be a valuable asset to our musical heritage; he sings with great ease and clarity and has excellent timbre and articulation. Moreover, his commanding stage presence and natural acting abilities all suggest a promising career ahead ..." (Les Affiches 19/01/1996 by G. Vadi on Le Téléphone by Menotti directed by Marc Minkowski)
"…and Aeneas , excellent last minute substitution (on Dido and Aeneas by Purcell)" (Le Monde 27/10/2001)
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