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With more than two hundred recordings to his credit and an intensive schedule as singer, conductor, scholar and teacher, René Jacobs has achieved an eminent position in the field of Baroque and Classical vocal music.



Seine erste musikalische Ausbildung erhielt er als Chorknabe der Kathedrale seiner Heimatstadt Gent. Neben seinem Studium der Altphilologie an der Universität Gent studierte er Gesang. Seine Begegnungen mit Alfred Deller, den Brüdern Kuijken und Gustav Leonhardt gaben den Anstoß zu seinem Entschluß, sich auf die Barockmusik und das Stimmfach des Countertenors zu spezialisieren, in dem er rasch große Erfolge feiern konnte. Schon 1977 gründete er das Ensemble Concerto Vocale, mit dem er dieses Repertoire auf den Bühnen Europas und in Japan zur Aufführung brachte. Gleichzeitig produzierte er für harmonia mundi eine ganze Reihe maßstabsetzender Einspielungen, die alle mit internationalen Kritikerpreisen ausgezeichnet worden sind.


His career as an operatic conductor began in 1983 with the production of Cesti’s L’Orontea at the Innsbruck Festival, of which he was director until 2009. His passion for Venetian opera, to which he constantly returns, has resulted in triumphs in two works by Cavalli, La Calisto (in a production by Herbert Wernicke) and Eliogabalo. His collaboration with the Berlin Staatsoper and the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels has led him to conduct Telemann’s Orpheus and Der geduldige Socrates, Graun’s Cleopatra e Cesare, Gassmann’s Opera seria, Keiser’s Croesus, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and Haydn’s Orlando Paladino. He has also conducted regularly at the Aix-en-Provence Festival (since 1998), and in Paris (initially at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and today at the Salle Pleyel) and Vienna (Theater an der Wien).


Rene Jacobs has received many distinctions from music critics in Europe and the USA, where his recording of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro won a Grammy Award (Best Opera 2005). Classica magazine voted him ‘Artist of the year 2009’ for his recordings of Telemann’s Brockes-Passion, , Mozart’s Idomeneo, and Haydn’s Creation.


Rene Jacobs has received many distinctions from music critics in Europe and the USA, where his recording of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro won a Grammy Award (Best Opera 2005). Classica magazine voted him ‘Artist of the year 2009’ for his recordings of Telemann’s Brockes-Passion, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and Haydn’s Creation.
Long a professor at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, René Jacobs has maintained a privileged relationship with this institution where he trained many singers who now appear in the leading international venues.

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This blog is dedicated to the release of Mozart: The Magic Flute by René Jacobs, to be released on harmonia mundi by the end of September 2010. Enjoy the discovery of this tremendous recording.