Les Talens Lyriques

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The French musical ensemble Les Talens Lyriques was created twenty years ago by the harpsichordist and orchestral conductor Christophe Rousset. This instrumental and vocal formation derives its name from the subtitle of one of Rameau’s operas : Les Fêtes d’Hébé (1739).


Exploring an extensive vocal and instrumental repertoire from Early Baroque to the Romantics, this French ensemble performs great masterpieces and unpublished works from, among other composers, Monteverdi, Francesco Cavalli, Haendel, Couperin, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Henri Desmarest, Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville, Cimarosa, Tommaso Traetta, Jommelli, Martin y Soler, Mozart, Salieri, Rameau, Purcell, Gluck, Beethoven, Cherubini, Berlioz, Massenet and Saint-Saëns.

Driven by a passion for the voice and opera – Les Talens Lyriques performed the celebrated sound-track to the film Farinelli (1994) – Christophe Rousset works with the most highly renowned stage directors of our time: Pierre Audi, Jean-Marie Villégier, David McVicar, Eric Vigner, Ludovic Lagarde, Mariame Clément, Jean-Pierre Vincent, Laura Scozzi, Marcial di Fonzo Bo, Claus Guth, and others.

The ensemble’s discography includes forty or so successes issued by, among others Erato, Decca, Naïve and Virgin Classics. Their work has been notably rewarded with a Victoire de la Musique Classique in 2001. This season will see CDs of Sacchini’s Renaud, Salieri’s Danaïdes (Palazzetto Bru Zane) and Lully’s Phaéton (Aparté).

Since 2007 the ensemble has been working to introduce young secondary school pupils in Paris to music by organising numerous workshops and innovative teaching residencies.

In the 2015-2016 season the music of France’s Grand Siècle will have pride of place with the presentation to audiences of Armide, one of Lully’s greatest masterpieces (Beaune, Philharmonie de Paris and Theater an der Wien), along with a programme in a more intimate style, “Musiciens de la chambre du Roi” with Judith van Wanroij, Charpentier’s Noels (Versailles and Gdansk) and the programme devoted to Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray, which will bring together two viola players alongside Christophe Rousset on the harpsichord. Among the season’s other highlights we can point to the revival for Viennese audiences at the Wiener Staatsoper of Gluck’s Alceste in Christof Loy’s staging, a collaborative programme with Ian Bostridge with performances of the great arias of the French and English Baroque (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Dijon Opera), two new programmes with Ann Hallenberg (“Farinelli primo uomo assoluto” and “Cantates arcadiennes de Rome à Venise”), plus a tribute to Shakespeare (for the 400th anniversary of his death) with Maria-Grazia Schiavo.

Les Talens Lyriques have the support of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the City of Paris. They also enjoy that of the Patrons Circle and the Annenberg Foundation / GRoW – Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten.

Les Talens Lyriques are founding members of FEVIS and PROFEDIM.






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