Les Talens Lyriques

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Les Talens Lyriques is a French baroque ensemble founded in 1991 by Christophe Rousset . The name of the ensemble corresponds to the subtitle of Rameau's Les fêtes d'Hébé .


Christophe Rousset, 2012

The instrumental and vocal ensemble was founded by the internationally recognized harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset (* 1961) and is primarily dedicated to the music of the 18th century. The repertoire, however, ranges from early baroque to romantic, it includes Italian madrigals , French airs de cour , Venetian and Neapolitan opera series , French opéras comiques and tragédies lyriques . The ensemble plays on original instruments and is characterized on the one hand by the operatic passion of its founder, on the other hand by the joy of discovery and high quality standards. Just three years after it was founded, the ensemble had become so established that in 1994 it was commissioned with the soundtrack for the film Farinelli .

Since then, the ensemble has made guest appearances at major opera houses, concert halls and festivals - such as the Opéra National de Paris , the Theater an der Wien and the Salzburg Festival , the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg , the Opéra national de Bordeaux and the Opéra royal de Versailles , the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam , the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican Center in London, the Philharmonie Essen , the Musikverein Graz and the Salle Pleyel in Paris, as well as at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence .

A continuous collaboration connects the ensemble with the Theater an der Wien : In 2009 Les Talens Lyriques took over the orchestral part in the Pierre Audi production of the Partenope at the Theater an der Wien. In 2012 and 2013, the orchestra performed two rarely performed Salieri operas in concert: La Calisto and Les Danaïdes . It was always conducted by Rousset. In April 2014, Handel's Messiah followed in a scenic version by Claus Guth .

Since 2007 the ensemble has been carrying out a number of youth projects at Paris schools, with innovative and experimental approaches in teaching music on the one hand and instrument science on the other. The ensemble is supported by the French Ministry of Culture , the City of Paris , the Annenberg Foundation and its own group of sponsors.

In 2011 the ensemble played the orchestral part in a version of Médée produced for television , directed by Stephan Metge, with Nadja Michael , Christianne Stotijn and Gaëlle Arquez among others .



  • Lully, Rameau, Gluck , Desmarest , Les grandes eaux musicales de Versailles , 2008 - CD Ambroisie

Vocal works

with Sandrine Piau :

with Joyce DiDonato :

  • Handel -Arien: Furore , 2008 - Virgin Classics

with Véronique Gens :

Instrumental music

See also

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  1. Program Les Danaïdes , Theater an der Wien 2013