René Jacobs

Category:dirigent, oude muziek
Gent, 30.10.1946
Genre(s):oude muziek, barok, classicisme
Instrument(s):zang (contratenor)


René Jacobs started his career as a chorister in the cathedral of his native town Ghent. Encouraged by the Kuijken brothers, Alfred Deller and Gustav Leonhardt, he specialised in the countertenor register. 

His unique voice made him world famous.
Later he earned great fame as conductor of baroque and early classical operas. He is first and foremost an enthusiastic promoter of the Venetian opera repertoire. He earned triumphs in the most important opera houses in Europe and Japan with works by Monteverdi, Cesti, Cavalli, von Gluck, Händel, Telemann, Graun, and Mozart. Since 1997 Jacobs has been artistic leader of the Innsbruck Festival.

For many years he taught at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, an institution that he remains close to and where several singers who shine now on international stages owed him formative years.  René Jacobs received many distinctions for his performances and CD recordings: the Grand Prix 1998 for the best opera production of the year, the Musical Personality award 1999 from the periodical Diapason, the Prix in Honorem from the Académie Charles Cros in 2001, Record of the Year from Gramophone in 2004, several Chocs from Le Monde de la Musique and Diapasons d’Or, MIDEM Classical Awards, MIDEM Artist of the Year 2005, a Grammy Award, and the prestigious Telemann Prize of the city of Magdeburg in 2008.

Selective discography

Schubert - Symphonies 4 & 5Schubert - Symphonies 4 & 5 (2021)
B'Rock, Franz Schubert, René Jacobs
Schubert - Symphonies 2 & 3Schubert - Symphonies 2 & 3 (2020)
B'Rock, Franz Schubert, René Jacobs
Beethoven - LeonoreBeethoven - Leonore (2019)
Freiburger Barockorchester, Ludwig Van Beethoven, René Jacobs, Zürcher Sing-Akademie
Schubert - Symphonies 1 & 6Schubert - Symphonies 1 & 6 (2018)
B'Rock, René Jacobs, Franz Schubert
Mozart - Requiem (Süssmayr / Dutron 2016 completion)Mozart - Requiem (Süssmayr / Dutron 2016 completion) (2017)
RIAS Kammerchor, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester
Bach J.S. - Johannes-PassionBach J.S. - Johannes-Passion (2016)
Johann Sebastian Bach, RIAS Kammerchor, René Jacobs, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin, Staats- und Domchor Berlin
Haydn Joseph - Symphonies 91,92, Scena di BereniceHaydn Joseph - Symphonies 91,92, Scena di Berenice (2016)
Bernarda Fink, René Jacobs, Joseph Haydn, Freiburger Barockorchester
Mozart W.A. - Die Entführung aus dem SerailMozart W.A. - Die Entführung aus dem Serail (2015)
Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, René Jacobs, RIAS Kammerchor, Robin Johannsen, Mari Eriksmoen, Maximilian Schmitt, Julian Prégardien (...)
Emilio De Cavalieri - Rappresentatione di anima et di corpoEmilio De Cavalieri - Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo (2015)
early music
Staatsopernchor Berlin, Emilio de Cavalieri, René Jacobs, Concerto Vocale, Akademie Fur Alte Musik Berlin
G.F. Haendel - OrlandoG.F. Haendel - Orlando (2014)
B'Rock, Georg Friedrich Händel, René Jacobs, Bejun Mehta, Sophie Karthäuser, Kristina Hammarström, Sunhae Im, Konstantin Wolff (...)

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Charpentier Marc-Antoine - Leçons de Ténèbres du Mercredy SainctCharpentier Marc-Antoine - Leçons de Ténèbres du Mercredy Sainct (2001)
Concerto Vocale, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, René Jacobs
Carolus Hacquart - De triomfeerende minCarolus Hacquart - De triomfeerende min (1978)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Ton Koopman, Carolus Hacquart, Musica Antiqua, Philippe Herreweghe

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News:Vlaamse Cultuurprijs Muziek voor René Jacobs (30.03.2014)
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Klara-Carrièreprijs 2008 voor René Jacobs (18.12.2008)
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Händel - Orlando (07.2014)
Che cielo puro (01.02.2014)
René Jacobs (11.2010)
Crete comes to Paris (02.2009)
Mozart - Don Giovanni (08.2008)
Mozart - La Clemenza Di Tito (06.2008)
René Jacobs (01.2006)
Arias for Farinelli (2) (05.2003)
Arias for Farinelli (1) (05.2003)
Naughty but nice - handel with care (05.2002)

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