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Céline Scheen (Soprano)

Born: 1976 - Verviers, Belgium

The Belgian soprano Céline Scheen, began her vocal studies with Annie Frantz. In 1996, she entered the Royal Academy of Mons and obtained a First Prize in the class of Marcel Vanaud. She then received a degree in song and methodology of song at the Royal Academy of Brussels. In 1998, she obtained the Nany Philippart's grant with Chapelle musicale Reine Élisabeth. Thanks to the support of the Nancy Philippart foundation, she worked for two years in the class of Vera Rosza at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where she obtained an advanced degree in vocal performance. She also took master-classes with Jean-Paul Fouchécourt, Monique Zanetti and Helmut Deutsch.

Céline Scheen has performed in the greatest festivals and concert halls, under the direction of Reinhard Goebel, Louis Langrée, Ivor Bolton, René Jacobs, Christophe Rousset, Andrea Marcon, Jordi Savall, Philippe Pierlot, Philippe Herreweghe, Skip Sempé, Jean Tubéry, Leonardo García-Alarcón

At the Opera Céline Scheen has sung the roles of Lucy in The Telephone, or L'Amour à trois by Gian Carlo Menotti, Thérèse in the Les mamelles de Tirésias by Francis Poulenc, the First Lady and Papagena in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Frasquita in Carmen, Vespetta in Pimpinone by Georg Philipp Telemann, Grilletta in Lo Speziale by Joseph Haydn, and Zerlina in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni (G. Corbiau). She has interpreted Coryphee in Christoph Willibald Gluck's Alceste (La Monnaie, Ivor Bolton/B.Wilson)), Atilia in Francesco Cavalli's Eliogabalo (La Monnaie, Festival d'Insbruck, René Jacobs/Boussart), and Papagena in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (La Monnaie, Caen, Lille, New-York, René Jacobs/W. Kentridge and Toulouse, C.P.Flor/N.Joël), L'Amour and Clarine in Platée by Rameau (Opéra du Rhin, Christophe Rousset/M.Clément), La Musica and Euridice in L'Orfeo by C. Monteverdi (Cremona, Andrea Marcon)....

Céline Scheen sang in concerts in the Petite Messe Solennelle of Gioachino Rossini, Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, Coronation Mass and the Great Mass in C minor by W.A. Mozart, and J.S. Bach's Johannes Passion (BWV 245) with the groups Il Fondamento, Ricercar Consort, Café Zimmermann, La Fénice, La Cetra d'Orfeo and Musica Antiqua Köln. She has also sung several Bach Cantatas with Gli Angeli Genève under Stephan MacLeod. She was a member of the World Youth Choir from 1994 to 1996, which enabled her to make rounds in Latin America, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Sweden. Scheen was among the soloists invited to perform at the Abbaye aux Dames during the Festival de Saintes.

In the near future, Céline Scheen will be performing J.S. Bach's Johannes Passion (BWV 245) and Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244). And at the Opera, she will be Venus in Venus and Adonis by John Blow in a new production at the Théâtre de Caen and the Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg during the 2012-2013 season.

In 1999, Céline Scheen recorded the music of Gérard Corbiau's film Le Roi Danse for Deutsche Grammophon with the ensemble Musica Antiqua Köln under the direction of Reinhard Goebel. Her performance in Nicolaus à Kempis: Symphoniæ continued her trend in Baroque music. In 2006, she sang for Carolus Hacquart: Cantiones & Sonate, alongside two singers Stephan Van Dyck and Dirk Snellings. Later that year, she featured in two songs from Paolo Pandolfo's CD, “Improvisando”; (Diapason d'or); “Orgelbuchlein” by J.S. Bach with the ensemble Mare Nostrum (M.A. Recording); "Barbara Strozzi" with La Capella Mediterranea and Leonardo Garcia Allarcon (Ambronay); "Amarante" (Flora) with Philippe Pierlot and Eduardo Eguez. She will soon be recording "Bellerophon" by Lully with Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, the Italian Secular Cantatas by J.S. Bach with Leonardo García-Alarcón, Les Vêpres (The Vespers) by Monteverdi with le Ricercar Consort and Philippe Pierlot.

Source: Wikipedia Website (January 2011); Mutius Music Concept Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Leonardo García-Alarcón


BWV 201 [1st], BWV 205 [1st]
BWV 201 [2nd], BWV 205 [2nd], BWV 213

Damien Guillon


BWV 1083

Françoise Lasserre


BWV 244 [Video]

Philippe Pierlot


Aria from BWV 32 [w/ Ricercar Consort]

Jordi Savall


BWV 232 [CD+DVD]

Links to other Sites

Mutius Music Concept: Soloists - Céline Scheen

Celine Scheen (Wikipedia)

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