Philippe Jaroussky French countertenor born 1978

Philippe Jaroussky French countertenor born 1978 Philippe Jaroussky - countertenor

Philippe Jaroussky (born 13 February 1978) is a French countertenor. He began his musical career with the violin, winning an award at the Versailles conservatory, and then took up the piano before turning to singing.Unusually for a countertenor, Jaroussky performs entirely in falsetto register. He has said that his natural singing voice is in the baritone range.

Philippe Jaroussky French countertenor born 1978

Early career

Jaroussky was born in Maisons-Laffitte. ] His great-grandfather was a Russian émigré who fled from the Bolshevik Revolution. When he was asked for his name he replied, ”I’m Russian (Ya russkiy)”, which resulted in the surname.

Philippe Jaroussky was inspired to sing by the Martinique-born countertenor Fabrice di Falco.  He received his diploma from the Early Music Faculty of the Conservatoire de Paris. Since 1996, he has studied singing with Nicole Fallien. He cofounded the ensemble Artaserse in 2002, and has also often performed with the Ensemble Matheus under Jean-Christophe Spinosi and with L’Arpeggiata under Christina Pluhar.

On 29 July 2016 Philippe Jaroussky performed David Bowie’s ”Always Crashing in the Same Car” in the David Bowie Prom, a tribute to the late singer as part of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

In September 2017, as a part of the opening of La Seine Musicale, Jaroussky launched his education program, Académie musicale Philippe Jaroussky.

Reception and awards

According to La Terrasse [fr], ”this young singer with the tone of an angel and the virtuosity of the devil has come into the limelight in only a few years as the great new French vocal talent.”

He received the Révélation Artiste lyrique in the 2004 Victoires de la musique classique and was Artiste lyrique de l’année in the 2007 and 2010 edition. Jaroussky was awarded ”The Best Singer of the Year” at the Echo Klassik Awards, 2008 and 2016. He also received an Echo Klassik Award in 2012 for the Album Duetti, which he recorded together with Max Emanuel Cenčić. In 2020, he was awarded Victoire d’honneur in the Victoires de la musique classique.

Jaroussky was named Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2009 and was promoted to the rank of Officier in 2019.

The asteroid 332183 Jaroussky was named after him. On 13 November 2019, which marked the twentieth anniversary since his debut, a wax figure of him sculpted by Éric Saint-Chaffray was inaugurated at the Musée Grévin with his concert, where he also received the medal of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

In culture

Songs performed by Jaroussky were used in the film Turkish Seat (Russian: Турецкое седло, Turetskoye sedlo) by Uzbek-Russian film director Yusup Razykov, 2017.

Personal life

In a 2011 interview, Jaroussky stated: ”I don’t like to discuss my personal life. I feel in classical music, you don’t have to speak about that. I have many reasons.” He is openly gay and has been in a relationship with a ”very supportive” non-musician since 2007. His boyfriend sometimes travels with him. His statements about his sexuality include this response to a tip Berlin interviewer:

tip: Do you have a personal theory why so many countertenors are gay?

Philippe Jaroussky: I am. But that doesn’t mean that all, or even the majority of countertenors are. I only realized one thing: on stage, love scenes with a woman are a lot easier to do when your stage partner knows you’re gay. The only challenge is not getting a laughing fit. Otherwise it’s pure fun.



Year Album Credits Peak positions BEL Wa[27] FRA[28]’

  • 2004 Un Concert pour Mazarin Philippe Jaroussky & Jean Tubéry — 132
  • 2005 Vivaldi: Virtuoso cantatas Philippe Jaroussky — 128
  • 2006 Vivaldi: Heroes Philippe Jaroussky & Jean Christophe Spinosi — 26
  • 2007 Carestini Philippe Jaroussky — 30
  • 2008 Nisi Dominus / Stabat Mater – Vivaldi Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky,
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Ensemble Matheus 82 11
  • Carestini – The Story of a Castrato Philippe Jaroussky & Emmanuelle Haim 87 92
  • 2009 Opium – Mélodies françaises Philippe Jaroussky — 46
  • JC Bach – La dolce fiamma Philippe Jaroussky 84 20
  • 2010 Stabat Mater & Motets to Virgin Mary Philippe Jaroussky — 167
  • Les stars du classique Philippe Jaroussky — 155
  • Caldara in Vienna – Forgotten Castrato Arias Philippe Jaroussky 78 36
  • 2011 Fauré: Requiem Philippe Jaroussky, Matthias Goerne, Paavo Järvi — 74
  • Duetti Philippe Jaroussky — 66
  • 2012 La voix des rêves Philippe Jaroussky — 36
  • La voix des rêves / The Voice Philippe Jaroussky 90 49
  • 2013 Farinelli: Porpora Arias Philippe Jaroussky, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon 106 10
  • Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Laudate Pueri & Confitebor Philippe Jaroussky — 74
  • 2014 Pietà – Sacred Works for Alto Philippe Jaroussky — 28
  • 2016 Bach – Telemann: Sacred Cantatas Philippe Jaroussky & Freiburger Barockorchester 76 62
  • 2017 La storia di Orfeo Philippe Jaroussky 88 92
  • Artaserse – The Händel Album Philippe Jaroussky 83 36
  • 2019 Ombra mai fu – Francesco Cavalli Opera Arias Philippe Jaroussky 144 71
  • Passion Jaroussky! Philippe Jaroussky — 89

Operas and concert works

Alessandro Scarlatti: Sedecia, Re di Gerusalemme. Lesne, Pochon, Harvey, Padmore. Il Seminario Musicale, Gérard Lesne. Virgin Veritas (rec. November 1999, École Sainte-Geneviève, Versailles, France)
Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea. Laurens, Oliver, Schofrin, Oro. Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido. K617 (rec. July/August 2000, Chiesa San Martino, Erice, Italy)
Pierre Menault: Vêpres pour le Pére la Chaize. Greuillet, Janssens, Lombard, van Dyck. Ensemble La Fenice, Jean Tubéry. K617 (rec. April 2001, chiesa Saint-Lazare, Avallon, France)
Giovanni Battista Bassani: La morte delusa. Galli, del Monaco, Piolino, Sarragosse. Ensemble La Fenice, Jean Tubéry. Opus 111 (rec. August 2001, Delft, Nederland)
Antonio Vivaldi: Catone in Utica. Edwards, Laszczkowski, Cangemi, Faraon. La Grande Écurie, Jean-Claude Malgoire. Dynamic (rec. November 2001, Théâtre Municipal, Tourcoing, France)
Antonio Vivaldi: La Verità in cimento. Rolfe-Johnson, Stutzmann, Laurens, Mingardo. Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Naïve – Opus 111 (rec. September 2002, Église de Daoulas, Bretagne, France)
George Frideric Handel: Agrippina. Gens, Perruche, Smith, Grégoire, di Falco. La Grande Écurie, Jean-Claude Malgoire. Dynamic (rec. March 2003, Théâtre Municipal, Tourcoing, France)
Claudio Monteverdi: Selva morale e spirituale. Spiritualità e liturgia / I salmi vespertini / Vespro dei Martiri / L’eloquenza divina. Ensemble Elyma, Gabriel Garrido. Ambronay Edition (rec. 2003/2004, Festival d’Ambronay, France)
Antonio Vivaldi: Orlando furioso. Larmore, Lemieux, Cangemi. Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Naïve – Opus 111 (rec. June 2004, Église de Daoulas, Bretagne, France)
Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo. van Rensburg, Gerstenhaber, Thébault, Gerstenhaber, Gillot, Kaïque. La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire. Dynamic (rec. October 2004, Théâtre Municipal, Tourcoing, France)
Antonio Vivaldi: Griselda. Lemieux, Cangemi, Kermes, Ferrari, Davies. Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Naïve – Opus 111 (rec. November 2005, Salle Surcouf, Foyer du Marin, Brest, France)
J. S. Bach: Magnificat – G. F. Handel: Dixit Dominus. Dessay, Deshayes, Spence, Naouri. Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm. Virgin Classics, 2007
Antonio Vivaldi: Nisi Dominus and Stabat Mater. Jaroussky, Lemieux. Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Naïve (rec. July 2007, Salle Surcouf, Brest (France))
Handel: Faramondo, in role of Adofo. Il Barocchisti under direction of Diego Fasolis. Virgin Classics, 2009 (rec. October 2008, Lugano.)
Via Crucis – Claudio Monteverdi, Benedetto Ferrari, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Giovanni Legrenzi, Luigi Rossi, Tarquinio Merula. Jaroussky, Núria Rial, Enzo Gragnaniello, Barbara Furtuna. Jean-Philippe Guissani, Giovanni Antonio, Pandolfi Mealli, Roccu Mambrini, Toni Casalonga, Nando Acquaviva, Lorenzo Allegri. L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar. Virgin Classics, 2010
Vivaldi: Ercole su’l Termodonte. Damrau, Genaux, Romina Basso, Ciofi, DiDonato, Villazón, Philippe Jaroussky, Topi Lehtipuu. Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi. Virgin Classics, 2011
Gabriel Fauré: Requiem. Jaroussky, Matthias Goerne. Chœur et Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi. Virgin Classics, 2011
Leonardo Vinci: Artaserse. Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cenčić, Franco Fagioli, Valer Barna-Sabadus, Yuriy Mynenko, Daniel Behle. Concerto Köln, Diego Fasolis. Virgin Classics, 2012
Handel: Partenope, in role of Arsace. Il Pomo d’Oro, Riccardo Minasi. Erato, 2015 (rec. February 2015, Lonigo, Italy)
Monteverdi–Sartorio–Rossi: La Storia di Orfeo. Emőke Baráth. I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis. Warner Classics/Parlophone, 2017.

Solo recitals

Benedetto Ferrari: Musiche varie. Ensemble Artaserse. Ambroisie (rec. October/December 2002, Chapelle Jésus-Enfant – Paroisse Ste. Clothilde, Paris, France)
Beata Vergine, Motets à la Vierge entre Rome et Venise, Grandi, Legrenzi, Cavalli, Antonio Rigatti, Giovanni Paolo Caprioli, Frescobaldi, Sances, Ensemble Artaserse. Virgin Classics (rec. December 2005, Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Parigi, France)
Un concert pour Mazarin. Ensemble La Fenice, Jean Tubéry. Virgin Classics, 2004 (rec. June 2003, Abbaye de Saint-Michel, Thiérache, France)
Antonio Vivaldi: Virtuoso cantatas. Ensemble Artaserse. Virgin Veritas (rec. October 2004, Chapelle des sœurs auxiliaires, Versailles, France)
Vivaldi Heroes. Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi. Virgin Classics (rec. October 2006, Auditorium de l’Ecole Nationale de Musique, Brest, France)
Carestini, the story of a castrato. Le Concert d’Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm. Virgin Classics, 2007
Opium – Mélodies françaises. Philippe Jaroussky, Jerôme Ducros. Virgin Classics, 2009 – songs by Debussy, Hahn, Fauré, César Franck, Massenet, Ernest Chausson, André Caplet, Saint-Saëns, Paul Dukas, Guillaume Lekeu, Cécile Chaminade, Gabriel Dupont, Vincent d’Indy
Johann Christian Bach. La dolce fiamma. Forgotten castrato arias. Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, dir. Jérémie Rhorer, Virgin Classics 2009. – awarded the Diapason d’Or de l’Année 2010 in France
Caldara in Vienna (Forgotten Castrato Arias). Philippe Jaroussky / Concerto Köln, Emmanuelle Haïm, Virgin Classics, 2010.
La voix des rêves (CD), Capitol Music/EMI Music France, 2012

På svenska

Philippe Jaroussky, född 13 februari 1978, är en fransk countertenor. Han tillhör den nya lovande generationen countertenorer som klarar av att sjunga de mer svåra partierna (skrivna för kastratsångare som Senesino och Farinelli) och hans röst sträcker sig från g³ till b⁵ (sopranstämma). Han är känd för sin sublima röst och sin förmåga att sjunga melismer och koloraturer. Han har specialiserat sig på barockoperor och oratorier – främst av Vivaldi, Händel, Gluck och Alessandro Scarlatti.

Philippe Jaroussky inledde sina musikaliska bana med studier i violin, piano, harmonilära och kontrapunkt vid konservatoriet i Versailles. År 1996 började han sin sångutbildning för Nicole Fallien och började kort därefter att studera vid avdelningen för tidig musik vid Pariskonservatoriet för Michel Laphenie, Kenneth Weiss och Sophie Boulin. Han debuterade 1999 på festivalen i Royaumont och blev 2004 utsedd till Révélation artiste lyrique och 2007 och 2010 till Artiste lyrique de l’année vid Victoires de la Musique Classique i Lille.
Han samarbetar ofta med Ensemble Matheus och Jean-Christophe Spinosi och det har resulterat i bland annat inspelningar av Vivaldis operor La verita in Cimento och Orlando Furioso. Han samarbetar också ofta med Jean Tubéry och Ensemble La Fenice.
Han har bildat ensemblen Artaserse som han ofta framträder med.

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