Video: Voice Lesson with René Jacobs



René Jacobs (photo: Eric Larrayadieu)

René Jacobs is one of the most famous and recognizable of today’s conductors of early opera.

Yet, before all of the recognition came about, he was a world-class countertenor and distinguished teacher.

The video below is an excerpt from a documentary on Jacobs, the first in a series of “private music lessons” produced in 1987 by the French television channel La Sept (now Arte).

In French (with English subtitles), Jacobs imparts some of his knowledge and wisdom, which comes across more as philosophy.

At the end we see him accompanying his then student Maria Cristina Kiehr, now a distinguished soprano in her own right.


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