Dumesny, le haute-contre de Lully
Tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen and his Baroque ensemble A nocte temporis have selected the most beautiful arias and instrumental music written by Jean-Baptiste Lully and his contemporaries. The central theme is the haute-contre, a rare type of high tenor voice. In 17th and 18th-century France, these voices sang the lead parts in operas.
One of them was Louis Gaulard Dumesny, who worked as a cook when Jean-Baptiste Lully heard him singing and was impressed by his voice. He made his stage debut in 1677 and subsequently sang all leading parts in Lully’s operas. The programme includes arias and instrumental intermezzi from French Baroque operas by Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marin Marais, Pascal Collasse, Henry Desmarest and Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
with Reinoud Van Mechelen (haute-contre and artistic direction) ensemble A nocte temporis