Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques continue their 30th anniversary celebrations in 2022/23 season of magic and sorcery, rediscovering music by Carlo Pallavicino, Louise Bertin and Pancrace Royer
Continuing their 30th anniversary celebrations, Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques announce their 2022/23 season championing the music of Pancrace Royer and a rediscovery of opera Fausto by female composer Louise Bertin, a friend of Victor Hugo and Hector Berlioz; alongside other rarely-heard operas – Lully’s Thésée and Gluck’s Armide. With stellar casts, they will shed new light on established masterpieces such as Mozart’s Magic Flute (at the Gstaad Festival and Berlioz Festival) and Bach’s St Matthew Passion during Holy Week in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. With their first Schubert Symphony Cycle and St Matthew Passion, this anniversary is no mere reflection of past glories but a chance for the ensemble to explore new avenues. Returning to Wigmore Hall for two concerts, Christophe Rousset will tour to Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Norway and extensively across Holland, sharing his dramatic verve and ever-youthful enthusiasm. There is no lack of surprises in the new recordings from Rossini to Spontini, celebrating Rousset’s innate “Italianità”.
Aparté releases a celebratory trilogy of albums
Record label Aparté will mark the 30th anniversary with a celebratory trilogy of recordings in the autumn to showcase Christophe Rousset as multifaceted conductor from the baroque to late Romantic and harpsichordist. The first album A Tribute to Pauline Viardot with mezzosoprano Marina Viotti released in September explores arias composed by Gluck, Bellini, Halevy, Rossini, Berlioz, Gounod and Saint-Saens for Maria Maliban’s composer sister Viardot. The period instruments of Les Talens Lyriques bring a fresh bite and infectious thrill to Rossini’s famous Una Voce aria from the Barber of Seville and Semiramide overture.
This is followed by the much-anticipated 10th Lully opera recording – Acis & Galatée – in October. A sphere of intimacy with Cyrille Dubois released in November will explore the music of Francois Couperin.