Jérôme Correas


Jérôme Correas begins the piano at 5 and he quickly finds his passion inharpsichord. He is the pupil of the great harpsichordist and musicologist Antoine Geoffroy-Dechaume whose training, based upon improvisation and rythmic suppleness, will influence him in his career. Very attracted by the baroque period in all its artistic expressions, Jérôme Correas then obtains a history and an art history masters at the Sorbonne.

His curiosity for singing leads him to the CNSM in Paris, where he wins a First Lyric Art Prize in Xavier Depraz’s class, and a First Prize in Baroque Singing in that of William Christie.

Noticed by William Christie, he begins in Aix-en-Provence festival under his direction in The Fairy Queen by Purcell and becomes a member of the Arts Florissants from 1989 to 1993, collaborating to numerous tours, productions and recordings : Atys by Lully, Castor and Pollux, Les Indes Galantes by Rameau, Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, Orfeo by Rossi ... Jérôme Correas diversifies his musical tastes by entering the Singing School of Paris Opera on Régine Crespin’s recommendation, from 1991 et 1993.
He then works under the baton of multiple conductors, in lyric or baroque repertoires : Jesus Lopez-Coboz, Sigiswald Kuijken, Donato Renzetti, Christophe Rousset, Jean-Claude Malgoire , Michel Corboz, Christophe Coin, François-Xavier Roth, Marek Janowski, Gabriel Garcia Navarro, Marco Guidarini , Philippe Entremont ...

His route shows he gives much importance to the interpretation of the French melody, that he sings in France and in the United States, next to Jean-Claude Pennetier, Philippe Bianconi, Jean-François Heisser, Claude Lavoix, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Susan Manoff, Philippe Cassard, the Parisii Quartet or Arthur Schoonderword.

 

Jérôme Correas creates in 2001 Les Paladins, an orchestra devoted to the exploration of Italian lyric works from the XVIIth century - Monteverdi, Cavalli, Rossi, Marazzoli - and to the opera-comique (Grétry, Philidor, Favart, Duni), repertoire wrongfully neglected till then. Next to stage directors like Dan Jemmett, Christophe Rauck, Vincent Tavernier, Vincent Vittoz or Irène Bonnaud, he performs many original or rarely played pieces, as well as theatrical and musical scenic performances.

The variety of his musical background, his knowing of numerous repertoires and his double experience as a harpsichordist and a singerallow him to consider a very personal interpretation based on theatre, breathing and rubato, but mostly on a pursuit of the « Parlé-Chanté » art,that still holds some secrets today. Fascinated by the personality of the total artist in the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries, able to sing, play an instrument, dance and sham,

Jérôme Correas guides his schemes towards a very contemporary theatrical musical spirit that takes inspiration from this so baroque versatility.

He seeks to communicate his artistic quest in the productions he conducts as a guest : orchestra of Rouen opera, chamber orchestra Israël Camerata, St Petersburg baroque orchestra, Maiorca Orchestra, orchestra of Paris CNSM, maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris, chœur de chambre de Namur, maîtrise de Bretagne...

He teaches at CRR in Toulouse and is regularly participating in master classes at Paris CNSM and Nice CRR, Pôle supérieur de Dijon, or the atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris.

Jérôme Correas is Chevalier des Arts et Lettres since 2011.

 

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