French soprano Anne Azéma is reknowned for her performances of early music. She has been acclaimed by critics on four continents for her original, passionate, and vivid approach to songs and texts of the Middle Ages. She has also been widely praised in many other repertoires, from Renaissance lute songs to Baroque sacred music to twentieth-century music theatre.
Ms Azéma's current discography numbers about thirty recordings as a soloist or a recitalist. A featured soloist with The Boston Camerata , she has taken prominent roles in many of that ensemble's tours and Erato productions (Grand Prix du Disque, 1990). She has been a soloist with numerous other ensembles, large and small, early and contemporary. Ms. Azéma is a founding member of the Camerata Mediterranea, touring with them internationally and appearing on all of that ensemble CD's (Edison Prize, 2000).
She is frequently invited as a recitalist, touring in North America, Europe, Africa, and Japan. Her teaching activities include master classes, seminars, residencies in France, Holland and the U.S. Anne Azéma's recent major festival appearances as soloist and recitalist include Aix-en-Provence, Graz, Versailles, Spoleto ,U.S.A., Singapore, Jerusalem, Seville, Dresden, Boston, Bergen, Tanglewood and Tokyo. Anne Azéma was recently appointed director of musical programming for a major project on Medieval gardens at the Musée National du Moyen Age, Paris.
She performed with ensemble Ordo Virtutum as Mother Mary in the Planctus Mariae of Wolfenbuettel in September 2001 and appeared again in this role in May 2002 within the walls of the World Cultural Heritage Monastery of Maulbronn.