Vincent Lièvre-Picard, haute-contre
Vincent LIÈVRE-PICARD studied at the Tours and Paris Conservatoires, and then at the Conservatoire Supérieur. He graduated from these three establishments in Lyrical Singing (unanimous First Prize) and in Early Music (Post-Graduate Diploma with honours). His teachers were Noémi Rime and Howard Crook in Early Music, and Ana Maria Miranda and Anne-Marie Rodde in Lyrical Singing. He studied with Udo Reinemann for several years, and he also took master-classes with Alain Buet. His current coach is François-Nicolas Geslot.
At the opera, Vincent Lièvre-Picard has performed works by Charpentier, Rameau, Mozart, Haydn, Offenbach and Carl Orff: the title role of Charpentier’s Actéon at the Théâtre de Bordeaux, Rameau’s Zoroastre in Marseille, Cecco in Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna in Angers and Die Erzähler in Orff’s Der Mond at the Opéra National de Paris-Bastille. He was Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) in Toulon, Monostatos, and the Servants in Offenbach’s Les Contes d'Hoffmann in Grenoble.
He recently sang Arnalta in Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea conducted by René Jacobs, and then took part in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince by Michaël Lévinas, conducted by Arie van Beek and staged by Lilo Baur – in which he sang L'Aviateur – first in Lausanne, then in Lille, at the Grand Théâtre of Geneva and finally at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. In May 2015, he will perform another world premiere, Wilde by Hèctor Parra, as part of the Schwetzingen Festival. He will then tour France and Asia with the production of Molière’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme staged by Denis Podalydès.
In the concert hall, under Michel Corboz’s impetus, Vincent’s renderings of the Evangelist in Bach’s Passions have acquired an international prominence; he also frequently performs pieces from the French Baroque repertoire – ideally suited to his effortless high notes and his understanding of the proper style required for the “French haute-contre” parts – and oratorios by Mozart, Haydn, Berlioz, Dvorak, Rachmaninov, Orff and Britten.
Vincent Lièvre-Picard has sung under the batons of Benjamin Alard, Jean-Marc Andrieu, Arie van Beek, Christophe Coin, Denis Comtet, Michel Corboz, Vincent Dumestre, Jean-Christophe Frisch, Sébastien d'Hérin, Itay Jedlin, Françoise Lasserre, Jean-Claude Malgoire and Guy van Waas, in stagings by Lilo Baur, Calixto Bieito, Vincent Boussard, Claude Brumachon, Jiri Kylian, Benjamin Lazar, Charlotte Nessy, Denis Podalydès and Vincent Tavernier, and in recital alongside Aline Zylberajch, Astrid Marc, Martin Robidoux, Kenneth Weiss and Emmanuel Olivier, with whom he just recorded a selection of French Songs by Lou Koster that was released in the autumn of 2014.
Several recordings of his are about to be published. They will complement a discography that can already boast 30 releases, of which several have been awarded prestigious distinctions (Diapason d'Or, Choc of Le Monde de la Musique, Prix Massenet for the best complete recording of a French opera, CD of the month of the Goldberg Magazine…).