2018-02-23 featured press

blu – Whether King Or Girl – Translation to English

2018-02-23, Blue Fm, by Christian K. L. Fischer

” … What a life I had! I was able to travel the world, never had money problems, had the chance to meet all these musicians. Plus, I had a lot of time for my friends. What a privilege! And I am allowed to sleep in!”

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This is a fan translation; no infringement of copyright is intended. We believe it fulfills the criteria for “fair use,” discussion and study. Translation by *L

Even if he doesn’t look like it, star opera singer Philippe Jaroussky is already past forty. And with age, some small problems occasionally appear – or just a lumbago.

“It was just a wrong move, … and it is really very painful. But at least, for the next few days, I don’t have to sing!” he says, laughing on the phone after having to cancel his trip to Berlin for our interview.
“My father already had back problems … something like that happens to me every two years. I really need to start doing sports – but I’m so lazy.” There, however, he is greatly exaggerating. After all, Philippe is one of the most sought-after countertenors, and on top of engagements at the major opera houses world-wide, and regular releases, two years ago, he founded his own academy.

“Ombra mai fu” by Philippe Jaroussky is available HERE.

So, turning forty wasn’t a big deal at all? “That birthday is a big mark for everyone. But it was also a good moment for me to see what I have done so far, and what I still want to do. However, I confess, if I was going to die tomorrow, … What a life I had! I was able to travel the world, never had money problems, had the chance to meet all these musicians. Plus, I had a lot of time for my friends. What a privilege! And I am allowed to sleep in!” he concludes, laughing again. He isn’t even worried about his voice.

“When I was twenty, my voice was very flexible. When I listen to old recordings of mine, I know that I cannot do this anymore. In exchange, I now have awareness of melody and words. My voice might have lost quickness, but it became stronger and more expressive. And if I lost it tomorrow, I still could become a teacher.”

Which is one thing he seems to prepare for with his Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky. “I love the idea of accompanying people for a year, giving them opportunities and enabling them to start making friends. If I’m allowed to dream, then I want the Académie to survive me.” Even with his latest recordings, it seems he wants to teach the world, because while well-known composers and pieces are being recorded again and again, Philippe now dedicates his last project, “Ombra mai fu” to the Baroque master Cavalli.

“During the last five to ten years, there has been a revival of his music, because the dramatic potential of his music was finally being recognized. Most of his arias are barely five minutes long; it’s a style full of surprises. And his music if full of freedom.“

And then, there is something else that Philippe loves about his profession: the wonderful, opulent garments that are part of his performances. “I like dressing up! Above all, I’m a musician and have never been a born actor. Whether I’m a king or a girl on stage, the costume helps me a lot. We rehearse for weeks without the proper costumes. You sing in what you happen to be wearing, so it’s hard to get into character. But when the make-up and the costumes are there, … Now I can be different; now I can be crazy!”

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2019-02-18 featured press

La Croix – “On ne peut dissocier la trop faible mixité sociale au sein du public et sur la scène”

2019-02-18, La Croix, by Emmanuelle Giuliani

“La Croix : Pourquoi avoir fondé cette académie destinée aux jeunes musiciens ?
Philippe Jaroussky : Sans doute pour donner à mon tour ce que j’ai reçu. Issu d’une famille de la classe moyenne éloignée de la musique classique, j’ai bénéficié de l’attention bienveillante d’un professeur de collège qui a su repérer mon goût et mes aptitudes.” […]

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2018-10-22_04 featured press

hautes-de-seine – Communiqué de presse

2018-10-22, Hautes-de-Seine, by n. N.

Pour célébrer cette fin d’année 2018, l’Académie Jaroussky propose un concert à l’Auditorium de La Seine Musicale, mettant à l’honneur les Jeunes Talents de sa deuxième promotion, la promotion Vivaldi. Accompagnés par le Concert de la Loge, 24 jeunes artistes chanteurs, violonistes, violoncellistes et pianistes monteront sur scène pour interpréter des grandes œuvres baroques. […]

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2018-07-20 featured press

El País – Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky teaches the secrets of the technique that saved his voice – Translation to English

2018-07-20, El País. by Virginia López Enano

“Mis alumnos me recuerdan la ilusión que tenía al principio y me han enseñado que todavía puedo cantar mejor”


La clase de música está a punto de comenzar para los más pequeños de la academia. Macéo ha sido el primero en llegar. Su idea era tocar el piano, pero ha descubierto que le encanta sentir en el pecho la vibración del chelo. Aún no sabe si es su pasión, pero quizá Jaroussky pueda sentirse orgulloso dentro de unos años de haber ayudado a convertir al joven Macéo en un músico de éxito.

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Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky teaches the secrets of the technique that saved his voice

caption: The French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, photographed in Paris. By Lea Crespi

by Virginia López Enano

The French countertenor – one of the most famous Classical artists – leads a life between tours and an academy where he promotes the career of young talents and passes on the technique that saved his career.

The Île Seguin rises from the Seine as she takes her course through the West of Paris. The austere building of La Seine Musicale emerges from it, and at the top, its glass dome looks like a gigantic soap bubble that escapes to the river. Here, in one of the corridors of this center of cultural activities, the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky (born in Maisons-Laffitte, 1978) has started an academy. He founded it a year ago to discover talented children from homes with little access to resources, to boost the career of young talents and to pass on the vocal technique that saved his career two decades ago.

caption: During a master class with a student, the baritone Louis de Lavignère.

Jaroussky has become one of the most famous Classical artists of the moment, but it was not always clear that his path would eventually cross with opera. At age 10, he was a restless kid who liked to sing in class and who didn’t belong to a family of musicians. His natural talent caught the attention of one of his teachers, who informed his parents of their son’s abilities. Following the teacher’s advice, they pointed him to violin. “Without him, I would never have dedicated myself to music,” he now confesses, in one of the classrooms of the Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky. For that reason, one of the objectives that the singer has set for himself now is to return the favor. “After 20 years of career, I thought it was my turn to offer the same opportunity. Without any musical background, it is difficult to begin. Because of that, a lot of talent is wasted. If a child discovers that music is their passion, their life will change completely. It happened to me.”

Starting out as a baritone, little by little he found himself being attracted by the register that traditionally belonged to the extinct “castrati.”

The violin was his first contact with an instrument, but Jaroussky owes his career to his voice. Starting out as a baritone, little by little he found himself being attracted by the register that traditionally belonged to the extinct “castrati”: that of a countertenor. The highest of male voices, a flexible, feminine, powerful and mystical sound – quite unusual at the time when Jaroussky, who will sing at the Teatro Real from October 23 to November 9, began debuting at the concert halls, and much better known now thanks to him. Singing with the face of a child and the voice of a woman, the French star impacted the world of Classical and – together with leading figures such as the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli – he has been a protagonist of the Baroque repertoire and elevated it to the very top. He collaborated with the best current ensembles, such as Les Arts Florissants and Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, and [performed] at major venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He sells out the largest theaters and is among Classical music’s best selling artists.

caption: Jaroussky gives instructions to one of his singing students.

Together with leading figures such as the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, he has been a protagonist of the Baroque repertoire.

However, for anyone who isn’t familiar with his immense musical career, it would take a couple of minutes to distinguish the teacher from the student in the singing class. Jaroussky has the the left leg of his pants tucked into his sock – the other is above it. He’s wearing his jeans somehow baggy. The watch on his right wrist. The sleeves of the red checkered shirt that he wears over a t-shirt are rolled up to the elbows, and the top button is open. He is 40 years old, but he keeps the appearance of a teenager – with gray hair and the face of a child. Jaroussky gets up from the piano stool, approaches Clarisse Dalles, one of the seven singing students of the academy, and grabs her cheeks. “Breathe!” he shouts. And when the young soprano starts again with the aria from The Marriage of Figaro, Jaroussky opens his eyes wide, addressing the audience in the classroom: “You do not see many countesses like that. And she’s only 22 years old! ” All his students tell the same thing: he never gives up. When he wants something, he never stops until he has achieved it. “But he’s sympathetic and kind,” adds Dalles. And generous as well. “There aren’t many Classical artists with a reputation like that of Philippe, and he has given us the opportunity to benefit from his visibility. It is very important, because as young musicians we don’t have a structure to help us start our career when we finish the conservatory.”

The soprano tells us that the director of the Royal Opera of Versailles called Jaroussky because the countertenor of a production got sick and they needed a replacement. Jaroussky gave him the name of William Shelton, Dalles’ classmate. Shortly after, the young performer was debuting with Les Arts Florissants.

caption: Two children play in the classroom, shortly before the class begins.

But beyond providing opportunities and contacts, the goal of Jaroussky is to teach them how to care for and keep their voice to get the most out of it. The countertenor perfectly understands the impatience of the young musicians to sound better and more powerful: “It happened to me too. At first everything was easy. My voice was flexible but not very big and I was worried about having to make it heard in the concert halls. I started to get tired because the effort I made was excessive, and that caused me little problems for a couple of years until, thanks to a teacher, I managed to build another way of singing. It was a patient work. I think the time has come to pass on the fruit of this 20-year work that saved my voice. ”

“My students remind me of the excitement I had at the beginning and they have taught me that I can still sing better.”

Only for the summer already, his schedule will take him to Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, Norway,… And even so, he assures that it is easy to combine it with other projects because he schedules his concerts two or three years in advance. He enjoys his new facet as a teacher, and he realized that he doesn’t only gives lessons, but also receives them: “I ask my students for things that I did not do at their age. As a young man I didn’t listen too much, I was a bit of a lazy student. They have given me a lot of energy. They remind me of the excitement I had at the beginning of my career and I have been taught that I can still sing better, and that is fantastic.”

caption: A cello lesson

The music class is about to start for the youngest of the academy. Macéo was the first to arrive. His idea was to play the piano, but he has discovered that he loves to feel the vibration of the cello in his chest. He still does not know if it’s his passion, but maybe Jaroussky can feel proud in a few years of helping to turn the young Macéo into a successful musician.

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2018-05-23 featured press

Culturebox – “Philippe Jaroussky and Friends !” à l’auditorium de La Seine Musicale

2018-05-23, Culturebox/Youtube

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2018-01_04 featured press

Fondation Orange – Académie musicale Philippe Jaroussky

2018-01, Fondation Orange, by n. N.

A travers la création de son Académie Musicale en 2017, Philippe Jaroussky souhaite sensibiliser, former et accompagner sur le long terme, une cinquantaine de jeunes chanteurs et instrumentistes qui n’ont pas nécessairement les moyens techniques et financiers de pratiquer la musique classique.


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2018-02-01 featured press

Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky – 2018, une année qui s’annonce riche en émotions et en évènements pour l’Académie.

2018-02-01, Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky, by n. N.

Toute l’équipe de l’Académie vous souhaite ses meilleurs vœux et se réjouit d’entamer avec vous une année riche en émotions et en évènements ! […]

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2018-01-22 featured press

IR Insider – Philippe Jaroussky Begins New Effort to Promote Classical Music

2018-01-22, IR Insider, by Alexa Mamoulides

The Académie Musicale Philippe Jaroussky opened a few months ago in the outskirts of Paris. Inspired by larger organizations worldwide such as the Démos project in France and El Sistema in Venezuela, Jaroussky hopes to change the demographic of classical music. […]

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2018-01-20 featured press

Olyrix – Philippe Jaroussky : « M’investir dans la direction dans cinq ans »

2018-01-20, Olyrix, by Damien Dutilleul

Le célèbre contre-ténor Philippe Jaroussky s’apprête à débuter à l’Opéra de Paris dans Only the sound remains de Kaija Saariaho au Palais Garnier. À cette occasion, il détaille ses projets (y compris son prochain disque) et fixe l’horizon de sa carrière de chanteur.

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2018-01-19_02 featured press

Papageno – Venezuelai mintára alapított zenei akadémiát Philippe Jaroussky

2018-01-19, Papageno, n. N.

Jaroussky, aki a venezuelai El Sistema program sikerességéből inspirálódott, elmondta, hogy a cél nem csak a hátrányos helyzetűek segítése, de a jövő zenehallgató közönségének kinevelése is. […]

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