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Reinoud Van Mechelen

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Hippolyte et Aricie at the Berlin Staatsoper with Sir Simon Rattle

When making his successful role-debut as Tamino (The Magic Flute) at the Brussels La Monnaie recently, Reinoud Van Mechelen once again proved to be a world-class-tenor apart from the baroque-repertoire too.

His next stop now is Berlin where he will be performing the title-role in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie conducted by Sir Simon Rattle at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden; his stage-partners within this production are Elsa Dreisig, Anna Prohaska and Magdalena Kožena a. o. Reinoud Van Mechelen succeeded to prove his outstanding status as a Rameau-performer already when singing the title-roles of Dardanus (under Raphaël Pichon’ baton) as well as of Zoroastre and Actéon (conducted by William Christie).

Opening-night in Berlin on 25th November 2018.
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Debut at La Monnaie

Even though having become one of the big names on the international baroque-stage (what he will definitely re-prove at the end of this year when performing the male title-role in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie at the Berlin State Opera under Sir Simon Rattle’s baton), Reinoud Van Mechelen also aims to add new roles from other periods to his repertory as a lyric tenor. In this respect he recently performed Belmonte in The abduction from the Seraglio in Paris and Gérald in Lakmé in Munich, both in concert version. This time his engagement is concerning a new and long-desired Mozart-part: His role-debut as Tamino (The magic Flute) happens to be coincidental with his debut at the Brussels Théâtre royal de la Monnaie.  First performance on September 20, 2018. All dates of performances.

At Rameau's native town Dijon

Nowadays Reinoud Van Mechelen belongs on international stage to the leading French tenors who are focusing on the repertory of an „haute-contre-tenor” which means, of course, to regularly rise to the challenge of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s masterpieces. He performed recently as Dardanus in Bordeaux and as Zoroastre in Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier and Beaune, both productions conducted by Raphaël Pichon. The CD-recording of Rameau’s Naïs under György Vashegyi’s baton which has been released by Glossa Music lately received unanimous enthusiasm.

Reinoud Van Mechelen is now in Dijon, Jean-Philippe Rameau’s native town, rehearsing the title role in a new production of Pygmalion with Emmanuelle Haïm conducting. Performances on Mai 23, 25 and 27, 2018.

One of the highlights of Reinoud’s upcoming season - apart from his debut at the Théâtre royal de la Monnaie as Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) - will be Hippolyte within a new production of Hippolyte et Aricie at the Berlin State Opera under Sir Simon Rattle’s baton.

Second solo-album

In 2016 the label Alpha Classics released „Erbarme Dich“, Reinoud Van Mechelen’s first album with his newly founded ensemble a nocte temporis.

It was unanimously acclaimed by the press, for example by the French music-magazine Classica which awarded a „Choc Classica“ to the album describing it as „A Bach-recording blessed by the gods“. Reinoud Van Mechelen’s second release is now again treading new ground, the choice of repertory being utterly uncommon, but following a most particular intellectual and highly individual resolution. Our Belgian Tenor decided to put Louis-Nicolas Clérambault in his true light. The great, however less-known French composer from the 18th century had significantly contributed to the development of the French cantata. Reinoud considers his cantatas to be real miniature operas which he would like to prove together with Anna Besson (flute), Emmanuel Resche-Caserta (violin), Myriam Rignol (viola da gamba) and Benjamin Alard (harpsichord and organ). All dates of performances.

Debut at the Zürich Opera

The Belgian tenor Reinoud Van Mechelen proceeds establishing himself as one of the leading tenors on the baroque scene by making his debut with the Zurich Opera House. Within a new production of Médée by Marc-Antoine Charpentier he will be performing the main role of Jason under William Christie’s baton. Opening night on 22 January 2017. All dates of performances.

First solo CD

The first solo-CD of one of the most sought-after tenors of the baroque-scene has just been published. For his first issue, released by the label Alpha Classics, Reinoud Van Mechelen has chosen masterworks by Johann Sebastian Bach compiled under the title "Erbarme dich" (Have mercy). The genius of the famous Cantor at St. Thomas in Leipzig and his outstanding ability to describe the human soul are brilliantly put in their true light by Reinoud Van Mechelen and his ensemble a nocte temporis (consisting of Anna Besson - flute, Benjamin Alard - organ and Ronan Kernoa - violoncello).

Link to the video-presentation (in French)

18.10.2016

35 cities, 13 countries

Utrecht, Leuven, Brussels, Antwerp, Hasselt, Mechelen, Brügge, London, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Versailles, Tours, Rouen, Toulouse, Angers, Nantes, Caen, Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Saint Riquier, Geneva, Madrid, Cuenca, Barcelona, Girona, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Budapest, Paradyz, Perm, Sant’Anna, New York City, Chapel Hill, Kansas City, Boston, Gwangju. This is the impressive list – sorted by countries not in chronological order - of all 35 cities in 13 different countries where Reinoud Van Mechelen appeared in performance since September 1st, 2015. This may prove if any proof were needed, that Reinoud Van Mechelen has established himself as an indispensable tenor of the international baroque stage!

The upcoming summer will be highlighted by the title role in Rameau’s Zoroastre in concert version on tour with the Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, on July 15 at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, on July 16 at the Beaune Festival and on July 18 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.

By no means to be missed further highlights at the Beaune Festival: a program including Bach cantatas with Les Arts Florissants and William Christie on July 22 and the title role in Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux Enfers with the Ensemble Correspondances and Sébastien Daucé on July 29. 

Next season Reinoud Van Mechelen will make a significant step of career by adding the roles of Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and Gérald (Lakmé) – both in concert version - to his repertoire.

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01.06.16

Mozart in the program

On the occasion of his first collaboration with Laurence Equilbey and her new ensemble, Insula orchestra, Reinoud Van Mechelen  says (temporarily) goodbye to the Barock repertoire which have made his reputation and says hello to Mozart. The program includes the Vesperae Solennes de Confessore touring London (Barbican on September 21, 2015), Paris (Philharmonie on September 24), Aix-en-Provence (Grand Théâtre de Provence on September 25) and Versailles (Théâtre royal on September 26).
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Dardanus in Bordeaux online

Reinoud Van Mechelen is Dardanus at the Opéra national de Bordeaux with the Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon in a staging by Michel Fau. The opening night was acclaimed a few days ago. The live performance of Wednesday, 22th April 2015 is now available for free on Culturebox. Please don't miss it!

Venician party in Paris

After a season’s start almost exclusively dedicated to Jean-Philippe Rameau (composer’s Anniversary!), Reinoud Van Mechelen moves to another great French composer of the beginning of the XVIIIth century, André Campra.

At the Opéra Comique in Paris he is taking part in the new production of the opéra-ballet Les Fêtes vénitiennes. Les Arts Florissants are playing under the baton of William Christie. Stage director is Robert Carsen. Opening night on 26th January 2015. All dates of performance

12.01.2015

From Paris to Moscow with Monsieur Rameau

A rich season is announcing itself for Reinoud Van Mechelen.

He will be debuting at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in a production of Castor et Pollux (roles of Mercure, a Spartan and an athlete). The stage director is Christan Schiarette and the musical director Hervé Niquet. Premiere on 13 October 2014.

A year full of Rameau

For the official opening of the Rameau year, a true event took place on 13 February at the Opéra Royal de Versailles: the rediscovery of one of the last unknown treasures of the French master, Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (1747). Reinoud Van Mechelen participated in this concert performance alongside with the Concert Spirituel under the baton of Hervé Niquet. The recorded concert can be attended until 14 August 2014 on the website Culturebox of France Télévision.

A festive music summer

Friends of baroque music have already noted his clear and soft voice as well as his fine musical lines. Discovered by William Christie, Reinoud Van Mechelen has in the last year made his debut on prestigious stages such as the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Wiener Konzerthaus.