Tim recently closed the inaugural Festival de Paris with an all-Vivaldi recital with the French baroque ensemble Les Accents in the glorious surroundings of Sainte-Chapelle. The programme of Vivaldi's Stabat Mater and Nisi Dominus was also broadcast live on Arte and is available online for the next few months here. The performance was enthusiastically received by the Parisian audience and by critics, including these responses:
“Tim Mead makes each consonant ring, his voice is round, precise and clear. A perfect balance is established between the fifteen musicians (playing, moving and breathing like a single man) and the singer. His trills are delicate and his singing has a rejoicing sobriety. His nuances and his phrasings bear the biblical words to the back of audience.
[In the Nisi dominus] his voice remains charming, even during the most perilous vocal gymnastics. The tone is luminous, but leaves room for a delectable melancholy, especially during the famous "Cum dederit", taken at a relatively slow tempo. This choice makes for an even more magical interpretation: the phrasings, legati and crescendi are crystalline. The public is suspended in this sacred eternity, breathing with the countertenor.”
“red-haired, flamboyant, elegant, the British counter-tenor Tim Mead… is a rising star.
Virtuosic, modulating brilliantly in the "Qui est homo", Tim Mead draws us on the paths of believing pain and mourning with breathtaking elegance. At the same time he is lively and serious in the "Eja mater”, which really pulls us towards the peaks of grace in the “amen".
the audience of the Festival de Paris acclaim this live concert of exceptional tension and beauty.” Toute la Culture
“Tim Mead is staggering: the timbre is luminous, the sound without excess, the elegant diction and the contrasting expression of human despair and hope is particularly successful. In particular, it’s Cujus animam that will be remembered for it’s sinuous slowness. Mead and his partners show the same qualities in a luminous Nisi Dominus, irradiated by a very slow and seraphic Cum dederit. It confirms the superb qualities that had been noted in the Stabat Mater de Pergolèse at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées… warmth of timbre, evocative power of the lamento, length of the breath and quality of style.”
Tim will be performing the Stabat Mater again this summer when he makes his debut with the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and will return to Paris next season for his debut at the Opera National de Paris in Handel's Jeptha.