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Jean-Louis SERRE
Baritone

Jean-Louis SERRE began his career at an early age with the demands of an all-boy choir at the music school he attended. He went on to study at Tübingen and Heidelberg Universities in Germany but was soon drawn back to his original love for music and entered the CNSMP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris) studying with Jane Berbié, Rémy Corazza and Marie-Claire Cottin, shortly thereafter joining the professional circuit as a baritone singer.

Of all musical styles opera is the place Jean-Louis SERRE can give fully demonstrate his singing and acting talents. He makes regular appearances at concert halls such as Châtelet, Les Champs Elysées,l' Opera Comique but also Nancy, Toulouse, Tours, Avignon, Rennes, Angers, St Etienne and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. where his stage presence and unique vocal timbre are always praiseworthy.

His approach to Oratorio repertoire is both enthusiastic and intensely personal; the early experience in a boys' choir has given him great insight into this work to which he has dedicated so much attention.
He is engaged by amateur and well-known professional orchestras and choirs alike, including the Orchestre national de Lyon, Orchestre national de Lille, the Choeur de Radio France, Concerts Colonne, Lamoureux, Picardie; among the pieces he has performed are: A German Requiem by Brahms, The Requiems of Duruflé and Fauré, Cantatas, Passions and Masses by Bach, Rossini, Mendelssohn...

In performance Jean-Louis SERRE has worked 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 formely appeared in Verdi's Don Carlo at the Orange Festival, Puccini's Mme Butterfly at Avignon; also at Avigon in the musical comedy Titanic by Yeston, and at Nantes in Viva la Mamma by Donizetti. He made his stage début in Geneva's Grand Théâtre as Aenas in Dido and Aenas 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. Aside from 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.
In 2003-04 season he sang in Othello in the Festival d’Orange, in Carmen at the Massy Opera House, Paris, also in Purcell's Fairy Queen with the William Byrd European Ensemble at the Festival van Vlaanderen-Brugge , as well as in two separate programmes of music by Monteverdi and Scarlatti.


He also performed in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, Hadyn's Nelson Mass with Michel Piquemal. Other concerts in France include Mozart's Requiem, Puccini's Missa di Gloria, Rossini's Stabat Mater and Bach's Magnificat.
He has been invited to lead a master class at the "Boîte Vocale de Tours". He will be recording the famous duets by Véronique de Messager with the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux conducted by Yutaka Sado and directed by Agnès Jaoui.

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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May 2014

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