Les Talens Lyriques

Les Talens Lyriques

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The French musical ensemble Les Talens Lyriques was created in Paris, France, in 1991 by the harpsichordist and orchestral conductor Christophe Rousset. This instrumental and vocal formation derives its name from the subtitle of Les fêtes d'Hébé (1739) an opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau.


The repertoire of Les Talens Lyriques extends from Monteverdi (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and L'Orfeo), Francesco Cavalli (La Didone and La Calisto) to Handel (Scipione, Riccardo Primo, Rinaldo, Admeto, Giulio Cesare, Serse, Arianna, Tamerlano, Ariodante, Semele and Alcina), taking in on the way Jean-Baptiste Lully (Persée, Roland, Bellérophon, Phaéton, Amadis and Armide), Henri Desmarets (Vénus et Adonis), Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (Les fêtes de Paphos), Cimarosa (Il Mercato di Malmantile, Il matrimonio segreto), Tommaso Traetta (Antigonaand Ippolito ed Aricia), Jommelli (Armida abbandonata), Martin y Soler (La capricciosa corretta, Il Tutore burlato), Mozart (Mitridate, Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Cosi fan tutte), Salieri (La grotta di Trofonio, Les Danaïdes), Rameau (Zoroastre, Castor et Pollux, Les Indes galantes and Platée), Gluck (Bauci e Filemone) and Beethoven, and not forgetting Cherubini (Médée), García (Il Califfo di Bagdad), Berlioz, Massenet and Saint-Saëns.

The revival of such scores has gone hand in hand with close collaboration with stage directors and choreographers such as Pierre Audi, Jean-Marie Villégier, David McVicar, Éric Vigner, Ludovic Lagarde, Mariame Clément, Jean-Pierre Vincent, Macha Makeïeff, Laura Scozzi, Marcial di Fonzo Bo, Claus Guth, Robert Carsen and David Hermann.

In addition to the lyrical repertoire, the ensemble also explores other musical genres such as the madrigal, the cantata, the Air de cour, the symphony and the vast repertoire of sacred music (masses, motets, oratorios, Leçons de Ténèbres and much else), leading Les Talens Lyriques to perform everywhere in the world with forces varying from a handful of musicians to over sixty from all generations.

In 2018-2019 Les Talens Lyriques return to their first love, with a season entitled “The Temptation of Italy”. Vocality will be celebrated in works ranging from masterpieces by Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel (Agrippina) and Mozart (La Betulia liberata) to rarely heard or unpublished scores by Legrenzi (La Divisione del mondo), Salieri (Tarare), Leo and Porpora. After celebrating Telemann in 2017, the ensemble will be acting as François Couperin’s representative abroad when they take his music to the American continent for the 350th anniversary of the composer’s birth. “Couperin Year” will also be celebrated with recordings: Les Nations and the Concerts Royaux are to be released (in autumn and in December, respectively) on the Aparté label.

The discography of Les Talens Lyriques comprises around forty titles on numerous labels: Erato, Fnac Music, Auvidis, Decca, Naïve, Ambroisie, Virgin Classics and now Aparté. The ensemble is also responsible for the much-acclaimed soundtrack of the film Farinelli (film) (1994).

Since 2007 Les Talens Lyriques have been devoting some of their time to introducing secondary school pupils to the world of music with a programme of workshops and teaching residencies, leading a practical orchestral class and, from 2014, developing new and innovative technological resources designed to help young people discover and appreciate the Baroque repertoire.

The ensemble Les Talens Lyriques receives subsidies from the French Ministry of Culture and THE City of Paris, and generous support from its Circle of Patrons. The ensemble wishes to thank its principal Patrons, the Annenberg Foundation / GRoW - Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten, and Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet.

Since 2011 Les Talens Lyriques have been associate artists, in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation in Paris. Les Talens Lyriques are founding members of FEVIS and PROFEDIM.





  • Pascal Collasse, Cantiques spirituels de Jean Racine, 1993 - Fnac Music
  • François Couperin, Motets, 1993 - Fnac Music
  • François Couperin, Leçons de ténèbres, Motets, Magnificat, 2000 - Decca
  • Daniel Danielis, Motets, 1993 - Koch Schwann
  • Daniel Danielis, Motets d’Uppsala1997 - Cyprès
  • Henri Dumont, Motets en dialogue, 1992 - Virgin
  • Handel/Sandrine Piau, Opera seria, 2004 - Naïve
  • Handel/Opera Arias Joyce DiDonato, Furore, 2008 - Virgin Classics
  • Leonardo Leo, Miserere - Musique sacrée, 2002 - Decca
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Airs sacrés/Sandrine Piau, 2006 - DVD Armide classics
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Stabat Mater - Salve Regina, 1999 - Decca
  • Henry Purcell, Harmonia Sacra/Rosemary Josha, 2010 - Aparté
  • De Lully à Gluck, Tragédiennes 1/Véronique Gens, 2006 - Virgin
  • De Gluck à Berlioz, Tragédiennes 2/Véronique Gens, 2009 - Virgin Classics
  • Méhul, Rodolphe Kreutzer, Salieri, Gluck, Gossec, Meyerbeer, Auguste Mermet, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, Verdi, Tragédiennes 3 Héroïnes romantiques/Véronique Gens”, 2011 - Virgin Classics
  • Lully, Rameau, Gluck, Desmarest, Les grandes eaux musicales de Versailles, 2008 - CD Ambroisie
  • Handel, Ricardo Broschi, Porpora, Johann Adolph Hasse, Pergolesi, Farinelli, Il castrato, 1994 - Naïve-Auvidis
  • Handel, Ricardo Broschi, Giacomelli, Porpora, Johann Adolph Hasse, Leonardo Leo, Farinelli - A portrait, live in Bergen/Ann Hallenberg , 2016- Aparté
  • Mozart, Haydn, Soler, Cimarosa, Salieri, Gazzaniga, Sarti/Roberto Scaltriti, Amadeus & Vienna, 1998 - Decca
  • José de Nebra, de Hita, Martin y Soler/Maria Bayo, Arias de Zarzuela barroca, 2003 - Naïve
  • Niccolo Jommelli, Mozart, Gluck, Myslivecek/Teodora Gheorghiu, Arias for Anna de Amicis, 2010 - Aparté



  1. ^ "Discographie - Talens Lyriques - Christophe Rousset". www.lestalenslyriques.com. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 

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