Les Talens lyriques, The Sound of Music in Versailles

Les Talens lyriques, The Sound of Music in Versailles

Sunday, November 17, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.

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About the Program
The Sound of Music in Versailles, featuring mezzo-soprano Ambroisine Bré

Christophe Rousset and his Paris-based ensemble Les Talens lyriques have been at the helm of the French Baroque repetoire for three decades. The Sound of Music in Versailles, featuring mezzo-soprano Amboisine Bré,is a tribute to the sound worlds of Louis XIV and XV, where the music of Michel Lambert (c. 1610–1696), Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687), and Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683–1764) flourished in the salon and at the opera.

“Rousset conjures graceful, jubilant and lively performances full of spark and subtlety.”—Limelight Magazine

About Les Talens lyriques (Paris, France)

Les Talens Lyriques takes their name from the subtitle of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s opera Les Fêtes d’Hébé (1739). They were formed in 1991 by the harpsichordist and conductor Christophe Rousset, and have since championed a broad vocal andinstrumental repertoire, spanning from early Baroque to the beginnings of Romanticism. Equally at home in the genres of opera, secular madrigals, cantatas, airs de cour, and instrumental orchestral and chamber music, Les Talens lyriques regularly appears in venues such as the Théâtre du Châtelet and Opéra-Comique in Paris and the Opéra Royal de Versailles.

Their rich discography now includes more than 100 recordings on Erato, Fnac Music, Auvidis, Decca, Naïve, Ambroisie, Virgin Classics, Ediciones Singulares (PBZ), Outhere, Château Versailles Spectacles (CVS), and Aparté. The Ensemble also produced the famous soundtrack to Gérard Corbiau’s film Farinelli (1994), which has sold over a million copies

Christophe Rousset, artistic director

The founder of the Ensemble Les Talens Lyriques and internationally renowned harpsichordist, Christophe Rousset, is an inspired musician and conductor with a passion for opera and the rediscovery of the European musical heritage.

Christophe Rousset studied the harpsichord with Huguette Dreyfus at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, then with Bob van Asperen at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He has also won the coveted First Prize in the Seventh Bruges International Harpsichord Competition at the age of twenty-two. He then followed up by creating his very own ensemble, Les Talens Lyriques, in 1991. All of these experiences have enabled Christophe Rousset to obtain a perfect grasp of the richness and diversity of the Baroque, Classical and pre-Romantic repertoires.

Christophe Rousset is regularly invited to perform with Les Talens Lyriques all over Europe (Opéra National de Paris, Opéra-Comique, Opéra National des Pays-Bas, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris Philharmonic, Lausanne Opera, Teatro Real de Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper in Vienna, Versailles’ Opéra Royal, La Monnaie de Bruxelles, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Bozar, Brussels and so on), as well as on tour in other parts of the world (Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, United States, etc.).

He continues to pursue an active solo career as a harpsichordist and chamber musician, playing and recording on some of the world’s finest period instruments. His recordings on the harpsichord of pieces by Louis and François Couperin, Rameau, D’Anglebert, Royer, Duphly, Forqueray, Balbastre and Scarlatti, and those devoted to J. S. Bach are considered as essential references.

Christophe Rousset also appears regularly as a guest conductor with ensembles such as Liceu Barcelona, San Carlo Naples, La Scala Milan, Opéra Royal de Wallonie, London’s Royal Opera House, Orquesta Nacional de España, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre du Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Christophe Rousset has been decorated with the awards of “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur” and “Ordre National du Mérite”. Moreover, he was named “Commandeur des Arts et les Lettres”, the highest distinction of this French order for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Ambroisine Bré, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Ambroisine Bré enrolled at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris and then, in 2013, the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris, where she studied in Yves Sotin’s class and followed the teachings of such great masters as Michel and Emmanuel Plasson, Sophie Koch, José Van Dam, Teresa Berganza, Anne le Bozec, Jeff Cohen, Susan Manoff, Felicity Lott, Dietrich Henschel and Christoph Pregardien. She often works with Eve Ruggieri, Pierre-Michel Durand, Karol Beffa, Johan Farjot, Oswald Sallaberger and Nadine Duffaut. In 2015, she was Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro within a tour of France (conducted by Alexis Kossenko, Les Ambassadeurs Orchestra). She subseqently participated in Donizetti’s Requiem, under the baton of Leonardo Garcia Alarcón at the Saint-Denis Festival. She has also sung alongside Sabine Devieilhe, Robert Getchell and Alain Buet in a Brahms programme, presented at the the Musicales de l’Orne Festival. Ambroisine Bré won four prizes at the Paris Opera Competition 2017 during the Les Mozart de l’Opéra evening at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées: first prize of the Jury, the Deutsche Grammophon, Opera Musica and Audience Prizes.

In July 2017, she performed the roles of the Nymph of Tuileries, Proserpine and Céphise in Lully’s Alceste at the Festival International d’Opéra Baroque de Beaune with Les Talens Lyriques, conducted by Christophe Rousset. A CD was released by the label Aparté in December 2017, and in the same month the Alceste production was performed at the Opéra Royal de Versailles.

She and the pianist Qiaochu Li recently received the Duo Chant-Piano Grand Prix, Monaco’s Rainer III Prize at the Nadia et Lili Boulanger International Voice-Piano Competition. Ambroisine Bré is also the Classic Revelation of ADAMI 2017.