Yves Saelens

Category:muzikant
Genre(s):Klassiek
Instrument(s):zang (tenor)

Biography

After obtaining a pedagogical diploma, Belgian tenor Yves Saelens studied at the Brussels Royal Conservatoire of Music and at The Juilliard School in New York.. He won first prizes at the Concours Nany Phillipart, Jeugd en Muziek Vlaanderen, New York Oratorio Society Competition and the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition; In Salzburg, he became 2nd laureate of the International Mozart Competition. He was elected “Young Musician of the Year 2005” by the Union of Belgian Music Press.

He participated in many recordings of opera, oratorio and lied. He made solo recordings with Lieder by Robert Franz (Etcetera), together with pianist Jan Vermeulen; Goethe Songs by Hugo Wolf (Eufoda), Romanze by Francesco Paolo Tosti (Eufoda) and Wehmut und Liebeshauch, with lieder by Beethoven, Schumann, Grieg and Strauss (Eufoda), all with pianist Inge Spinette.

Yves Saelens has been a soloist in many cantatas and oratorios throughout Europe, North America and Asia. His repertoire includes works by Haydn (Die Schöpfung, Die Jahreszeiten), Haendel (Messiah), Bach (the Passionen, Weihnachtsoratorium), Beethoven (9th Symphony, Misssa Solemnis), Mendelssohn (Paulus), Schumann (Das Paradies und die Peri, Der Rose Pilgerfahrt), Rossini (Petite Messe Solennelle, Stabat Mater), Berlioz (Requiem, Te Deum), Puccini (Messa di Gloria), Orff (Carmina Burana), Britten (Serenade, Nicolascantata), A.L.Webber (Requiem), Mozart (Requiem, Grosse Messe), Bruckner, Salieri, Dvorak...
His debut opera role was Paolino in Il Matrimonio Segreto by Cimarosa. Since than he has performed a number of major Mozart-roles: Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Belmonte (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Titus (la Clemenza di Tito) and Gomatz (Zaïde). Other major parts include Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Alfredo (La Traviata), Fenton (Falstaff), Narraboth (Salomé), Admeto (Alceste), Alwa (Lulu), Steva (Jenufa), Toni (Elegy for Young Lovers), Belfiore (Il Viaggio a Reims), Pluton (Orphée aux Enfers), Bénédict (Béatrice et Bénédict), Gérald (Lakmé), Faust (La Damnation de Faust), Camille (Die Lustige Witwe), Gonzalve (L’Heure Espagnole), Gernando (L’Isola Disabitata), Filippo (L’Infedeltà Delusa), Lelio (La Capricciosa corretta), Guido Bardi (Eine Florentinische Tragödie), Edgar Linton (Wuthering Heights) and David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg). He also created the parts of Il Matto (La Strada – Van Hove), L’Avventore (L’Uomo dal fiore in Bocca – Brewaeys), Le Chef de la Garde (Affaire Étrangère – Villenave) and Festus (Legende – Wagemans).

He performed in the opera-theatres of Tours, Marseille, Nancy, Rennes, Caen,  Lille, St.Etienne, Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Paris-LeChâtelet, Paris-Champs-Elysées, Monte-Carlo, Brussel, Antwerpen, Gent, Liège, Luxemburg, Lausanne, Barcelona, Madrid-LaZarzuela, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Weimar, DNO Amsterdam, Nationale Reisopera Enschede, Opera Zuid Maastricht, Toronto, Indianapolis; les Chorégies d’Orange, the Festivals of Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier, and the Glyndebourne Touring Opera; Kameropera Transparant Antwerpen; in Carnegie  Hall New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Wien, Theater an der Wien, The Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Suntory Hall Tokyo; with L’Orchestre National de Lille, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, L’Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Philharmonisch Orkest van Vlaanderen,  La Petite Bande and Les Talens Lyriques. He sung with conductors such as Serge Baudo, Sigiswald Kuijken, Helmut Rilling, Michel Corboz, Peter Schreier, Marc Minkowski, Christophe Rousset, René Jacobs, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Dennis Russel Davies, Marcello Viotti, Evelino Pidò, Friedemann Layer, Reinbert de Leeuw...  

(Yves Saelens - July 2011) 

 

Selective discography

Claude Debussy / Marius ConstantClaude Debussy / Marius Constant (2018)
romanticism, 20th century
Lore Binon, Claude Debussy, Marius Constant, Yves Saelens, Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Tijl Faveyts, Angélique Noldus, Camille Bauer (...)
Carl Orff - Carmina BuranaCarl Orff - Carmina Burana (2014)
20th century
Anima Eterna Brugge, Carl Orff, Jos van Immerseel, Collegium Vocale Gent, Yeree Suh, Yves Saelens, Thomas E. Bauer
This Wing'd HourThis Wing'd Hour (2014)
20th century
Yves Saelens, Roger Quilter, Inge Spinette, Benjamin Britten, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gerald Finzi
Massenet - ThérèseMassenet - Thérèse (2013)
romanticism
Yves Saelens, Alain Altinoglu, Nora Gubisch, Charles Castronovo, Etienne Dupuis, François Lis, Patrick Bolleire, Charles Bonnet (...)
Haydn Joseph - SchöpfungsmessenHaydn Joseph - Schöpfungsmessen (2009)
classicism
Anna Korondi, Annette Markert, Yves Saelens, Klaus Mertens, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Dresdner Philharmonie, Roderich Kreile
Wehmut und Liebeshauch - LiederWehmut und Liebeshauch - Lieder (2008)
classicism, romanticism, 20th century
Yves Saelens, Inge Spinette, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Edvard Grieg, Richard Strauss
O, du schöner HörnerklangO, du schöner Hörnerklang (2008)
romanticism, 21st century / contemporary
Luc Bergé, Jan Michiels, Yves Saelens, Inge Spinette, Marcel Ponseele, Franz Schubert, Carl Reinecke, Robert Schumann (...)
RomanzeRomanze (2006)
romanticism, 20th century
Yves Saelens, Inge Spinette, Francesco Paolo Tosti
Telemann Georg Philipp - Der Tod JesuTelemann Georg Philipp - Der Tod Jesu (2006)
Baroque
Ex Tempore, Georg Philipp Telemann, Florian Heyerick, Greetje Anthoni, Yves Saelens, Stefan Geyer, Le Mercure Galant
Wij zijn wijWij zijn wij (2006)
20th century
Catherine Vandevelde, Yves Saelens, Vlaams Radio Orkest, Vlaams Radiokoor (VRK), Jeroen D'hoe, Dirk Vermeulen

Selectieve discografie als medewerker

Mahler - Das Lied von der ErdeMahler - Das Lied von der Erde (2020)
romanticism
Het Collectief, Gustav Mahler, Reinbert de Leeuw
Claude Debussy / Marius ConstantClaude Debussy / Marius Constant (2018)
romanticism, 20th century
Lore Binon, Claude Debussy, Marius Constant, Yves Saelens, Pierre-Yves Pruvot, Tijl Faveyts, Angélique Noldus, Camille Bauer (...)
Benoit - Religious tetralogy / Religieuze quadrologieBenoit - Religious tetralogy / Religieuze quadrologie (2018)
romanticism
deFilharmonie, Peter Benoit, Martyn Brabbins, Jan Willem de Vriend, Edo de Waart

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