Pierre Jelyotte playing guitar - Inedited Portrait
Pierre Jelyotte (1713-1797) was a haute-contre (i.e. high tenor) singer who performed the main roles in Rameau and Mondonville's great operas. He had a very beautiful voice, described as crystal clear and velvety, and a wide range. He was a gifted actor and musician, and could play various instruments - violin, harpsichord, organ, guitar... He composed numerous songs, most of them lost now, and an opera, Zélisca (performed in Versailles in 1746). In 1745 the king named him guitar master, and, in 1753, theorbo master of the Chamber Orchestra. He was madame de Pompadour music teacher.