L’art du chant français
The Art of French Singing
Glenn Morton and Stéphane Sénéchal, Artistic Directors
In partnership with L’Art du Chant Français, France
June 5-28, 2018 in the Périgord region of France
L’Art du Chant Français (The Art of French Singing) is an intensive summer training program in France for young singers and pianists striving for artistic excellence and mastery of the French language. The course is committed to deepening their connection to classical opéra and mélodies, creating the next generation of musical artists to carry on the traditions of this extraordinary repertoire. The vocal works created by the great composers and poets of France remain essential and relevant to audiences of classical music. L’Art du Chant Français focuses on the skills of precise diction and expressive phrasing in this art form that continues to entice and engage listeners.
L’Art du Chant Français was created with the desire to pass on the traditions, the craft and the love of the French vocal arts to the next generation of singers and collaborative pianists. This intensive program will firmly set young artists on the path to discovering the infinite nuances of expression available to them through the masterworks of the great French composers.
All participants will receive:
Daily individual coachings by Glenn Morton, Gaspard Brécourt and Stéphane Sénéchal
Language classes focusing on spoken French, as well as an exploration of French poetry
Classes on the multi-faceted disciplines of singing in French such as diction, phrasing and expression
Lectures and master classes by distinguished guest artists
Excursions in the picturesque Périgord region
Performances will be held throughout the surrounding region of Aquitaine, in the beautiful Dordogne valley
Château Les Jouandis
The home of L’art du chant français is the Château Les Jouandis. The Château is situated on the border of the “purple Périgord” in southwest France near the Dordogne river in the region of Aquitaine, famous for its vineyards, its castles and its historic sites. Said to be home to 1001 Castles, the Périgord is considered to be of the most beautiful regions in France. It is also a region of medieval towns and villages, scenic and peaceful countryside and prehistoric caves located between the Loire valley and the Pyrenees.
The town of Ste. Sabine Born is a short drive from the Château, and performances and excursions will take place in the historic Périgord region. Our faculty and our hosts at the Château are enthusiastic about the cultural exchange that takes place between the residents of this beautiful region and the international group of young musicians participating in L’Art du Chant Français.
Accommodations and three meals per day are included in the program fee. All participants and faculty members will stay at the Château Les Jouandis. For a detailed view of the accommodations, visit: www.lesjouandis.com
The large bedrooms will accommodate 2 participants and have shared bathrooms. Decisions about roommate assignments will be made by late April. If you have a request for a specific roommate, please let us know and we will be glad to try to accommodate your request.
Michel Sénéchal: Founder of L’art du chant français
From the program’s beginnings in 2012 to the year 2014, we had the great honor of having the distinguished singer and teacher Michel Sénéchal to offer daily coachings to the participants, sharing his vast experience and passion for the art of singing in French. An undisputed master of the French repertoire, he was intimately connected to the great composers such as Charpentier, Hahn, Honegger, Messian, and Poulenc, as well as the renowned master teacher Nadia Boulanger. A student at the Paris Conservatory along side Régine Crespin and Gabriel Bacquier, he studied with the great French baritone Camille Maurane, as well as Gabriel Pollet, the last disciple of Fauré, Duparc, Satie and Debussy.
Michel Sénéchal led a brilliant career, starring on the world’s most prestigious stages including the Paris, Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, Milan, London, Bruxelles, Moscow, Madrid, Barcelona and San Francisco opera houses as well as the Metropolitan in New York. He can be heard on over a hundred recordings. Renowned for his impeccable style and dramatic presence, he was one of Karajan’s preferred singers. The maestro invited him to perform in Mozart’s greatest operas in Vienna, where he also took on many other prominent roles alongside the most celebrated singers of our times, under the most renowned conductors.
Established as an absolute master of French singing, he was professor and director at the Opéra de Paris School for fifteen years, being instrumental in the evolution of many of today and tomorrow’s stars including Roberto Alagna, Nathalie Dessay, Uria Monson, Ludovic Tésier and Renée Fleming.
He has offered classes at Columbia University and New York’s Mannes College. He also gives master classes to young singers at the Metropolitan Opera and San Francisco Opera and teaches at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Montreal.
After making his debut in 1950, he continued to be active for over 60 years as a performer and master teacher.
“In French song, the singer becomes a painter, describing a landscape, suggesting an emotion…One must use the entire palette of colors of the voice…” Michel Sénéchal
Classic Lyric Arts, Inc. has the honor and privilege to partner with the nonprofit organization founded by Michel Sénéchal, L’Art du Chant Français, whose name we are proud to share.
ACF is supported by the prestigious Honorary Committee listed below:
Michel Sénéchal, tenor, president and founder
Georges Prêtre, conductor, co-president of honorary committee
Gabriel Bacquier, baritone
Pierre Bellemare, writer, television personality, producer, director, actor
Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano and professorJames Conlon, conductor
Alain Duault, poet, writer and musicologist
Benoît Duteurtre, novelist, essayist, music critic
Renee Fleming, soprano
Jean Guion, President of the Alliance Francophone
Roland Mancini, writer, musicologist, lecturer
Robert Massard, baritone and professor
Jacques Rouchouse, writer, essayist, radio producer, music critic
Jean Tulard, French academic and historian
ACF offers participants a full immersion into the language, culture and history of France.
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