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Benoît Arnould (Baritone)

Born: France

The French baritone, Benoît Arnould, studied singing at the Conservatoire in Metz before going to work with Christiane Stutzmann at the Conservatoire in Nancy, where he obtained a gold medal, a diploma and a first interregional prize improvement in lyrical chant, which concluded his studies in June 2007. During this time he also studied the organ at Metz Conservatoire and concluded his official study of Baroque singing in the early music class of Monique Zanetti, after being awarded a highly-commended gold medal in June 2003. He also obtained a Licence de musicology at the Sorbonne University (Paris IV). He won the prize as "Classical lyric revelation of Adami 2007".

Benoît Arnould's career as a soloist began with the Academie de Musique de Porrentruy in Switzerland, conducted by Michael Radulescu, in J.S. Bach's B minor Mass (BWV 232) and Magnificat (BWV 243). He later worked with the Concert Spirituel in 2001, conducted by Hervé Niquet, and took part as a member of the chorus in several productions, including Haydn's Nelson Mass, Charpentier's Te Deum, Daphnis et Chloe by Boismortier and Purcell's King Arthur, and later as soloist at the Chaise-Dieu Festival, the Chapelle Royale in Versailles; and the Festival of Sacred Music organised by the city of Paris, where he sang in Les Grands Motets by Desmarest and the Miserere des Jesuites by Charpentier.

In 2004 Benoît Arnould sang the roles of La Musique and the Marchand d'Orvietan (the quack doctor) in the comedie-ballet L'amour medecin by Moliere / Lully, produced by Vincent Tavernier. He also sang Arcas and La Vengeance in Medee by Charpentier, conducted by Herve Niquet with Le Concert Spirituel at the Arsenal in Metz, the Opera Royal in Versailles, the Auditorium at Lyon and in May 2005 at the Salle Gaveau (Paris) and the Rouen opera company. He sang with them also Ascalaphe in Lully's Proserpine at Cité de la musique. He has taken part in several recordings made by the same ensemble, including Purcell's King Arthur and Boismortier's Daphnis et Chloe. In 2005 he took part in La Bellissima Speranza by Stradella with Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu. He was also Giulio in the Martirio di Sant'Orsola by Alessandro Scarlatti with Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu, Brander in the Faustís Damnation by Berlioz conducted by Jacques Mercier. He created the role of the Lieutenant in the opera Les Sacrifiées by Thierry Pecou, produced by Christian Gangneron and directed by Laurent Cuniot with TM + at La Maison de la musique de Nanterre and on tour in the operas of Rouen, Reims and Massy.

Benoît Arnould has performed many oratorios including Christ in the J.S. Bach's Passions, Petrus in L.v. Beethoven's Christ on the Mount of Olives, W.A. Mozart's Masses and Requiem, L'Enfance du Christ by Berlioz, Messiah and Lucifer in La Resurrezione by George Frideric Handel, Haydn's Seasons, and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, and Gabriel Fauré's Requiem. He as appeared in concerts and oratorios with Hervé Niquet, Vincent Dumestre, Benoît Haller, Marc Minkowski, Françoise Lasserre, Franck-Emmanuel Comte and Martin Gester at La Chaise Dieu, Sablé sur Sarthe, Ambronay, Rheingau Musik Festival (Gemany), Schwetzingen (Germany), Klagenfurt (Austria), deSingel (Belgium), Pavo do Varzim (Portugal), Seville (Spain), Fes (Morocco), Washington at the Library of Congress (USA) and the Victoria Hall in Geneva.

Benoît Arnould has taken part in several recordings including Les Grands Motets by Desmarest (2005), Charpentier's Médée (DVD), Lully's Proserpine and Missa Assumpta Est Maria by Charpentier with Concert Spirituel, Cavalli's Ormindo with the Paladins conducted by Jérôme Correas, Musikalische Exequien and Historia der Auferstehung Jesu Christi by Heinrich Schütz, Dietrich Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri with La Chapelle Rhénane. The disc of Capricornus Theatrum Musicum, conducted by Benoît Haller, received the best reward of the French press (Diapason d'Or, 10 de Classica-Répertoire and Choc du Monde de la Musique).

In 2010 Benoît Arnould performed in Paris and on tour in several European venues (Hamburg, Krakau, Cuenca...) Bachís Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) with Marc Minkowski. This season (2010-2011), he will make his debut under the baton of Ton Koopman with Bach Cantatas and Purcellís King Arthur. He will also make his debut with Kammerorchester Basel under the baton of Winfried Toll sinhing the bass arias in J.S. Bachís Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244).

Source: My Music Base Website; Music Talents International Website (May 2009); The Artist (October 2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2009); Benoit Arnould (October 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Benoît Haller


BWV 245 [Jesus]

Françoise Lasserre


BWV 12, BWV 78, BWV 118, BWV 150; BWV 244 [Video]

Clotilde Mollet / Françoise Lasserre


La passion de Jean-Pierre Siméon, d'après l'Évangile de Mathieu: Selections from BWV 244, BWV 245

Raphaël Pichon


BWV 245 [Video, Jesus]

Links to other Sites

Benoit Arnould (Official Website)
Biography - Benoit Arnould (My Music Base)

Benoît Arnould - Baritone (Music Talents International)
Benoît Arnould: Biographie ( [French]

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