About

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 (ACF) focuses on the skills of precise diction and expressive phrasing in this art form that continues to entice and engage listeners.

Michel Sénéchal

We have 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.

“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

L’Art du Chant Français

Classic Lyric Arts, Inc. has the honor and privilege to work in partnership with a parallel organization in France called L’Art du Chant Français, supported by the prestigious Honorary Committee listed below:

Michel Sénéchal, tenor, president and founder of ACF
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. The beautifully renovated 18th century Château Les Jouandis hosts L’Art du Chant Français in the historic Périgord region.

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