After shining over the baroque stage for over a decade, Véronique Gens has achieved a strong international reputation and is now considered one of the best Mozart singers. One of her most prominent roles, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni staged by Peter Brook and conducted by Claudio Abbado at the Aix-en-Provence Festival earned her worldwide recognition.
In 1999, she was chosen Lyrical Performer of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Classique.
Her repertoire includes the greatest Mozart parts (Donna Elvira, Contessa Almaviva, Vitellia, Fiordiligi...), famous roles from lyrical tragedies (Iphigénie en Tauride, Iphigénie en Aulide, Alceste...) as well as later ones such as Alice Ford (Falstaff), Eva (Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Madame Lidoine (Dialogues des Carmélites), Hélène (La Belle Hélène), Missia Palmeri (Die lustige Witwe).
In addition to her wide-ranging classical repertoire, Véronique Gens gives numerous concerts and French melodies recitals all over the world, notably in Paris, Amsterdam, Dresden, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, London, Tanglewood, Beijing, Stockholm, Moscow, Geneva or Edimburgh.
She has performed on the most prestigious stages in the world: Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, Paris National Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, La Monnaie in Brussels, Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real in Madrid, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam as well as at the Festivals of Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg and Glyndebourne.
Véronique Gens thus had the opportunity to sing under the baton of conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Alain Altinoglu, Bertrand de Billy, Ivor Bolton, Jonathan Cohen, William Christie, Myung-Whun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Louis Langrée, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Minkowski, Jérémie Rhorer, Christophe Rousset, Daniele Rustioni... and to collaborate with renowned stage directors like Pierre Audi, Calixto Bieito, Peter Brook, Willy Decker, Jurgen Flimm, Claus Guth, Michael Haneke, Christof Loy, Olivier Py, Graham Vick, Krzysztof Warlikowski, Dmitri Tcherniakov…
More recently, she sang in Alceste at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Paris National Opera, La Belle Hélène at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Don Giovanni in Amsterdam, at the Wiener Staatsoper and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, La clemenza di Tito in Dresden and at the Wiener Staatsoper, Falstaff at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Les Indes Galantes in Budapest, Alceste, Iphigénie en Tauride and Die lustige Witwe and Les Troyens at the Paris National Opera, Dialogues des Carmélites in Paris, Caen and at La Monnaie in Brussels, Faust in an original concert version of 1859 revisited by Christophe Rousset at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées… In concert, she sang melodies by Henri Duparc with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer by Ernest Chausson with the Orchestre National de Lille and with the Mitteldeutscher Sinfonieorchester, Les Nuits d’été with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, La Voix humaine by Francis Poulenc at the Atelier Lyrique in Tourcoing, Shéhérazade by Maurice Ravel under the baton of Daniele Rustioni in Lyon, the Wesendonck Lieder with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe, La Nonne sanglante by Berlioz at the Festival CôteSaint-André, …
Her noteworthy projects include Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Giulietta) at the Paris Opera, Dialogues des Carmélites (Madame Lidoine) at the Liceu in Barcelona, Scylla et Glaucus (Circé) by Jean-Marie Leclair in San Francisco and at the Opéra Royal de Versailles, Henry VIII by Saint-Saëns at the Monnaie in Bruxelles, Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival…In concert, she will sing Maître Péronilla (Leona), La Mort de Cléopâtre with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, melodies by Berlioz with the Orchestre de Picardie, Shéhérazade in Oslo with Vassily Petrenko then at the Estoril Festival in Lisbon, Armide in Brussels, Metz and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, , the Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo… She will also give numerous recitals in Oxford, Brussels, Paris, Strasbourg…
Her many recordings (over 80 CDs and DVDs) have received several international awards. Néère, her record devoted to French melodies, has won a Gramophone Award in 2016. Visions received an International Classic Music Awards as well as a International Opera Awards in 2018.
Véronique Gens has been promoted to the rank of Chevalier in the French order of Légion d'Honneur as well as Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
Pianist Susan Manoff was born in New York of Latvian and German descent. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the University of Oregon. Intensive studies with Gwendoline Koldofsky in the art song repertoire led her to become one of the most sought-after pianists of her generation. In addition to her interest in the vocal repertoire, Susan Manoff is a passionate advocate of chamber music. She performs regularly at major international festivals and concert halls such as Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Musikverein, Oji Hall... Susan Manoff is a regular guest of France Musique. Musical curiosity and love for theatre have inspired Susan Manoff’s involvement in the creation of numerous programmes blending music and text. Her partners have been Jean Rochefort, Fabrice Luchini and Marie-Christine Barrault and she has been directed by Hans Jürgen Syberberg and Joël Jouanneau . . .
Susan Manoff has recorded for the labels Naïve, Decca, Virgin, Arion, Valois and Aparte. In 2007 she recorded her first CD with Sandrine Piau, entitled ‘Evocation’, and a second recording, « Après un Rêve »,was released in March 2011 (Naïve.) Susan Manoff’s recording with long term musical partner Nemanja Radulovic is dedicated to the violin and piano sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven (Decca, 2010). Her album, "La Belle Excentrique", with soprano Patricia Petibon, was released in autumn of 2014 (Deutsche Grammophon). Her most recent recording with partner Véronique Gens, "Néère", appeared last october on the label Alpha Classics, it is dedicated to composers Henri Duparc, Ernest Chausson and Reynaldo Hahn and received the prestigious Gramophone Award 2016. Susan Manoff was assistant chorus director at the Bastille Opera and is presently a professor at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris. In 2011, she was named Chevalier des Arts et Des Lettres by the Cultural Ministry of France.