Philippe Jaroussky, A High Pitched Portrait

A documentary on the lives and artistry of countertenors

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Philippe Jaroussky — Countertenor

Cecilia Bartoli — Mezzo-soprano

Program notes

With the help of the young French star Philippe Jaroussky, filmmaker Jeremy Rozen offers an in-depth look at what takes to become and what it means to be a countertenor.

It is difficult to be indifferent to the voice of a countertenor. Whether it shocks or soothes, their voices always jostle our sensibilities. Although their high-pitched singing may seem mysterious, it is produced using a straightforward vocal technique. The singer develops his voice using this technique, creating a universe of new possibilities in the process. Following the countertenor Philippe Jaroussky in his vocal exercises, concerts, moments of doubt, long workdays, failures and successes, this documentary portrays a passionate and ambitious person and explores what it means to be an Artist.

Philippe Jaroussky © Vo Van Tao

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