Visse, Dominique, French countertenor; b. Lisieux, Aug. 30, 1955. He was a chorister at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, pursued studies in organ and flute at the Versailles Cons., and received training in voice from Alfred Deller, René Jacobs, and Nigel Rogers (1976-78). He founded the Ensemble Clément Janequin, with which he gave performances of works from the medieval and Renaissance periods. In 1982 he made his operatic debut in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppeain Tourcoing. After singing Flora in Vivaldi’s L’incoronazione di Darioin Grasse in 1984, he portrayed Charpentier’s Actéon at the Edinburgh Festival in 1985. In 1987 he sang Nirenus in Handel’s Giulio Cesareat the Paris Opéra, and then Delfa in Cavalli’s Giasonein Innsbruck in 1988. He created the role of Gerónimo in Claude Prey’s Le Rouge et Noirin Aix-en-Provence in 1989. In 1991 he sang Annio in Gluck’s La clemenza di Titoin Lausanne. He portrayed the role of the Nurse in L’incoronazione di Poppeain Buenos Airea in 1996.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire