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Agnès Jaoui


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Agnes Jaoui can name that tune. Those who weren’t aware of this have not paid the necessary amount of attention to her career as actress, screenplay writer or director– many of which paths lead toward music. With Alain Resnais, popular songs acted as rubber repair patch for the chickens of human drama or as bandages for the love and relationship wounded. In « Un air de famille » Dalida’s song, Come prima mended the memories of frayed siblings. In 2004 she sang a twirling Cuban bolero, Lo Dudo, in François Favrat’s film, « Le rôle de sa vie.” And, more recently she offered herself the role of a voice teacher in her film « Comme une image», a symbolic way of reflecting her image and joining her two paths before she was forced to choose, just as the characters in « Smoking/No Smoking. »

For a long time lyrical singing hit her vocal and sensitive chords. Especially because of her father’s love for the opera, whose intoxicating fragrances at home were mixed with the more discreet perfume of Brassens or Mouloudji. At age 15, she began studious singing lessons, which led her to the Parisian 7th district conservatory, and then to Enghien where she sculpted her deep voice into grave soprano.

In came theatre mixing it all up - even if it was at the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre where she studied with Patrice Chéreau that she met a teacher who specialised in Baroque singing, Beatrice Val, and who still today remains her singing mentor.


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