Guillemette Laurens

Guillemette Laurens started to sing at a young age with her father as her teacher. She was then accepted at the Toulouse Music Conservatory from which she graduated with honors. She was a member of its faculty for many years. When she joined the Arts Florissants, she began a brilliant career as a unique Baroque singer. Right from the start, Guillemette Laurens sang with the greatest musicians, musical ensembles and conductors: Herreweghe, Malgoire, Jacobs, Christie, Leonhardt, Minkowski, Koopman, Gardiner, Garrido, Il Giardino Armonico, Capriccio Stravagante, Fuoco e Cenere, Europa Galante, I Barrochisti, Le Poème Harmonique,  Symphonie du Marais, Les Paladins, Le Parlement de Musique…

She was only 20 when she interpreted Mother Goose in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress under the direction of Sylvain Cambrelaing at Salle Favart. Ten years later she came back to the same stage to interpret the part of Cybèle in Lulli’s famous piece, Atys. Her eclectic career has been her signature.

Guillemette Laurens’ discography includes about sixty titles, from mediaeval music (Ordo Virtutum with Ensemble Sequentia) to more contemporary pieces (Jano Komives’ Le Muet au Couvent).

She also performed in Bellini’s I Puritani with June Anderson, in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus) or Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) with Véronique Gens, in Le Viol de Lucrèce conducted by Mirella Giardelli with Sandrine Piau and recently in one of Roland Auzet’s creative pieces.

In 2002, Guillemette Laurens became Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. She is currently teaching Lyric chant at the CRR (Conservatoire à rayonnement régional) in Toulon and at the Hector Berlioz Musical Conservatory in Paris.