Friday 9 September 2016

Christoph Rousset & Les Talens Lyriques celebrate 25 years

Christophe Rousset & Les Talens Lyriques - copyright Jacques Verree
Christophe Rousset & Les Talens Lyriques - copyright Jacques Verree
Amazingly the 2016-17 season marks the 25th anniversary of Christophe Rousset & Les Talens Lyriques (see my 2015 interview with Christophe). Their season opens with performances of Pergolesi at the composer's birthplace, Jesi in Italy this weekend. Highlights include the modern premiere of Salieri's Les Horaces, as well as performances of Purcell's The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas, Handel's Alcina, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Cavalli's La Calisto, and a staging of Monteverdi's madrigals.

In Jesi, the ensemble will be performing in a something of a rarity, anew production of Pergolesi's oratorio San Guglielmo, Duca d'Aquitania in a staging by Francesco Nappa. Rarer still, Salieri's Les Horaces, which receives its first modern staging, will be performed in concert at the Opera Royal in Versailles, and at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna in October.

Purcell's The Fairy Queen is being given at the Theater an der Wien in January 2017 in a new production directed by Mariame Clement which is being staged as a play within a play. Mariame Clement also directs Cavalli's La Calisto which Christoph Rousset and Les Talents Lyriques will be performing in Strasbourg in April and May 2017. And they take part in David Lescot's new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Philharmonie in Paris in Mar and April 2017.

In concert they will be performing Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in Israel and Handel's Alcina in September 2016 at the first Meet in Galilee festival, followed Handel's Tamerlano in Ambronay, and Purcell's Dido in Paris. There will be a chance to hear the ensemble in the UK when they give a concert performance in Brighton in May of their Monteverdi madrigals show, which is being staged in Amsterdam, and at St Johns Smith Square in June they will be performing a further programme of Monteverdi madrigals.

Christoph Rousset will be temporary abandoning his ensemble to make his Covent Garden debut conducting Mozart's Mitridate Re di Ponto in a revival of Graham Vick's production in June 2017.

Full details from Les Talens Lyriques website.

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