Singer Tenor

Reinoud Van Mechelen

Short Biography

Reinoud Van Mechelen pursued his vocal studies at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Caecilia Prize as Young Musician of the Year from the Union of the Belgian music press. Already in 2007 he had caught attention at the European Baroque Academy in Ambronay (France) led by Hervé Niquet. In 2011 he was a member of William Christie’s and Paul Agnew’s "Jardin des Voix" and became subsequently a regular soloist of Les Arts florissants. Many other renowned baroque ensembles have meanwhile ensured his cooperation: Collegium Vocale, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Concert d’Astrée, Les Talens Lyriques, Pygmalion, Scherzi Musicali, to mention only some of these. He has performed a diverse opera- repertory including leading roles by Rameau, Mozart, Bizet, Delibes, a. o. having performed at prestigious stages such as the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie, the Berlin State Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Opéra Comique, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Opéra royal de Versailles and the Bordeaux Opera. In 2019 he sang the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s St John Passion on tour with Les Arts Florissants and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, both under the baton of William Christie, a part he will be singing in 2022 on tour throughout Europe with the Collegium Vocale and Philippe Herreweghe. His discography includes five solo albums for the label Alpha Classics together with the ensemble a nocte temporis which he himself has founded: Erbame Dich (arias by J. S. Bach, 2016), Clérambault, cantates françaises (2018), The Dublhinn Gardens (Irish folk- songs, 2019), Dumesny, haute-contre de Lully (2019) and, just released, Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau (2021). Another recent recording is Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with a nocte temporis and Vox Luminis (2020).

September 2021

Long Version

Reinoud Van Mechelen graduated from his vocal studies at the Conservatoire Royal in Brussels in the class of Dina Grossberger in 2012. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Caecilia Prize as Young Musician of the Year from the union of the Belgian music-press. An acknowledgement from "home" for the artist who managed to establish himself at numerous international stages within his early years of career.

Already in 2007 Reinoud Van Mechelen caught attention at the European Baroque Academy in Ambronay (France) under the baton of Hervé Niquet. In 2011 he was a member of William Christie’s and Paul Agnew’s "Jardin des Voix" and became a regular soloist of Les Arts Florissants subsequently. Guest appeareances with this ensemble made him perform at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, the Edinburgh Festival, the Château de Versailles, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican Centre in London, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Philharmony and the Opéra Comique in Paris as well as at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Many renowned Baroque ensembles such as Collegium Vocale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Concert d'Astrée, Les Talens Lyriques, Pygmalion, Le Poème Harmonique, B’Rock, Ricercar Consort, Scherzi Musicali, Hespèrion XXI ensured his cooperation.

In 2014 Reinoud Van Mechelen sang the part of the Evangelist in J. S. Bach's Johannes-Passion for the first time in his career with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, a part he was singing again in 2019 on tour with Les Arts Florissants and at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, both under the baton of William Christie. He however performed Rameau’s title-role in Dardanus (Opéra national de Bordeaux) and Zoroastre (on concert-tour to the Festival de Montpellier et Radio-France, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Festival de Beaune, the Théâtre Royal in Versailles and the Theater an der Wien), both productions with Raphaël Pichon conducting. 2016/17 saw his Zurich Opera debut as Jason in Charpentier's Médée conducted by William Christie. Apart from numerous other commitments, he added further new roles in concert-version to his repertory: Belmonte (The Abduction from the Seraglio) with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Gérald (Lakmé) with the Munich Radio Orchestra.

Besides numerous performances with his own ensemble a nocte temporis, his last two seasons have been highlighted by the jubilee-production celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Concert Spirituel („L'Opéra des Opéras", recorded and released by Alpha Classics) as well as in two international concert-tours with Les Arts Florissants. He also performed the title-role in Rameau’s Pygmalion at the Dijon Opera and made his debuts at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie (Tamino in Die Zauberflöte) and at the Staatsoper Berlin (Hippolyte in Hippolyte et Aricie under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle).

In 2019/20 he made his role debut as Nadir (Les Pêcheurs de perles) at the Toulon Opera and was also guest at the Staatsoper Berlin (Purcell's King Arthur) and at the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg (title role in Rameau's Pygmalion). He toured two new releases (by Alpha Classics) with a nocte temporis: Orphée aux enfers by M.A. Charpentier in co-production with Vox Luminis, and Dumesny, haute-contre de Lully, with a nocte temporis appearing for the first time in full orchestra size. The  „Dumesny“ album has been awarded the Grand Prix du disque of the Charles Cros Academy and a Diapason d'or, among others.

The opera productions that could be (partly) saved in 2020/21 from the Covid situation are Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie (Hippolyte) and Mondonville's Titon et l'Aurore at the Opéra Comique.

His plans for 2021/22 include Hippolyte et Aricie (Hippolyte) at the Staatsoper Berlin, Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando) at the Vlaams Opera, Mondonville's Titon et l'Aurore (Titon) at the Opéra royal de Versailles and his debut at the Opéra de Paris (Mercure in Platée). In concert, he will be performing the Evangelist in St Matthew Passion on tour throughout Europe with Collegium Vocale and Philippe Herreweghe and Rameau's Zoroastre (title role) with the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles (concerts and CD-recording).

His discography includes five solo recordings with his ensemble a nocte temporis (by Alpha Classics): Erbame Dich (arias by J. S. Bach, 2016), finding unanimous acclaim by the press and receiving both a "Choc" from the monthly magazine Classica („A Bach-recording blessed by the gods“) as well as one of 10 Caecilia-Awards for the best recordings of the year 2016, Clérambault, cantates françaises (2018, "Diapason d'or"), The Dublhinn Gardens (Irish folkssongs, 2019), Dumesny, haute-contre de Lully (2019) and, just released, the second part of a trilogy dedicated to the legendary French hautes-contre (high tenors) of the XVIIIth century, Jéliote, haute-contre de Rameau (2021). Another recent recording is Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with a nocte temporis and Vox Luminis (2020).

September 2021

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