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Mezzo-Soprano Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur Is Deeply Moved by Michelangelo

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The young French mezzo-soprano is currently singing Margret in Wozzeck at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, until 30 March.

© Romane Bégon Mezzo-Soprano Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur Is Deeply Moved by Michelangelo
© Romane Bégon

Are you more interested in paintings, objects or photos?

I would say painting. Painters are both composers and performers, and in a way I envy them! Painting also reminds me of the way I think about the voice and work on a role. I see my voice as a palette, and I guess that helps me to understand a painting.

What is your favorite exhibition or cultural event at the moment?

The Morozov Brothers' Collection at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, and especially the discovery of Russian painters I didn't know, like Korovin and Serov. And I really fell for Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910).

A work which you would like to own?
Michelangelo's Pietà. It's far more than a work of art: it's a real devotional piece. It transcends what it represents.

The artist whose work most touches you?

If I can cite several, I would say El Greco for his modernity, the intensity of his colors and the atmospheres he creates. Schiele really moves me; Bosch fascinates me and seems inexhaustible. And Botticelli's refined genius is the height of beauty for me.

Art Basel or Biennale Paris?
The Biennale, no question! I have always been less attracted to contemporary art. And above all, I love art furniture and jewelry as well.

Is there a common theme to your acquisitions?

I tend to go for things I fall in love with, with a slight preference for religious art. For me, a "collection" is personal and is built up as you come across works and artists.

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