A brief biography

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French soprano Anne Azéma, is one of the world's leading interpreters of early vocal music. She has been acclaimed by critics on four continents for her original, passionate, and vivid approach to songs and texts of the Middle Ages. Anne Azéma has also been widely praised in many other repertoires, from Renaissance lute songs to Baroque sacred music to twentieth-century music theatre.

Since 1993, Anne Azéma has been not only the performer but also the creator of her recital programs. She researches and edits the repertoire, frequently transcribing the material herself from original sources. Her genuine and personal involvement with musical scholarship, combined with her performer's flair for immediacy of communication, give her recitals and recordings both a historical depth and an expressive "edge" that are unique in the field. Anne Azema's Programs

Ms Azéma's current discography numbers about thirty recordings as a soloist or a recitalist. Repertoires encompass Medieval Music (French, Provençal), Renaissance music (English and French), Baroque music (French, German), as well as contemporary music (Kurt Weill, Tod Machover). Her sixth recital CD has been issued last season to critical acclaim.

Anne Azéma has been a soloist with numerous other ensembles, large and small, early and contemporary. Her concert activities range, to cite a few recent examples, from Tully Hall, New York (with the New York Chamber Ensemble) to the Klein Comburg Church in Tuebingen, Germany ( Ensemble Ordo Virtutum), or to the Bunkamura Concert Hall in Tokyo (MIT Media Lab opera production). Her recent festival invitations as a soloist or a recitalist include Amsterdam, Graz, Dresden, Leipzig, Spoleto, Seville, Versailles, Jerusalem, Berlin, Boston, Bergen, Ambronay, Utrecht, Casablanca, Kyoto, Tanglewood and Tokyo. Live! Performance Schedule

A featured soloist with The Boston Camerata and Camerata Mediterranea (Joel Cohen, Director), she has taken prominent roles in many of these ensemble's tours and recordings (Grand Prix du Disque, Edison Prize). She has co-directed several programs of The Boston Camerata.

Her teaching activities include master classes, seminars, residencies at conservatories and universities in France, Holland and the U.S.  Many appearances on American and European radio and television include specially commissioned projects. Her presence is also sought after on international competition juries.

During the 2005-7 seasons, Anne Azéma will be in residence at the Arsenal of Metz, in a special joint project including the Arsenal, the City of Metz, the DRAC-Lorraine, the Regional Council of Lorraine, and the General Council of the Moselle.


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