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Le Concert Spirituel et Vivaldi

Venetian Splendours

Gloria & Magnificat by Vivaldi

Famous virtuoso violinist, and the author of over 500 instrumental concertos, sacred choral works and over 40 operas, Vivaldi wrote a lot of master pieces for the Ospedale della Pietà, a religious institution where young orphan or abandoned girls received a musical education, among which the Gloria RV 589 is one of his most beloved ones.

"Vivaldi is simply overwhelming. To approa...
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  • Sunday 16 October 2022Opéra Grand Avignon
King Arthur © Raphael Saada

Purcell's King Arthur

10 years anniversary!

A true baroque gem, signed by Henry Purcell, with a plot rich in twists and turns and colourful characters; King Arthur has met with continuing success since its first performance in 1690. 

The story tells of the confrontation between the Breton Christian King Arthur and the pagan King Oswald the Saxon. Assisted by two enchanters – Merlin on the side of good and Osmond on the side of evil – they fight for Brittany and...
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  • Friday 18 November 2022Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
  • Saturday 19 November 2022Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
  • Sunday 20 November 2022Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
Jean-Christophe Lanièce (c) Souffle

Requiem by Fauré

Two visions of the sacred repertoire in France at the end of the 19th century

"My requiem was composed for nothing....for pleasure, if I may say so...", it is in these terms that Gabriel Fauré referred to his Requiem, probably one of his best known and most played scores today. The idea of pleasure may seem incongruous in the context of a mass for the dead, but the musician saw it as a deliverance, almost a moment of happiness, at least spiritual. And ...
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  • La tournée pour ce spectacle est terminée pour cette saison.
La Flûte enchantée - Versailles 2020 (c) Pascal Le Mée

The Magic Flute by W.-A. Mozart

Mozart in French

In 1791 at the Theater auf der Wieden, in a suburb of Vienna, Mozart gave the premiere of his Singspiel Die Zauberflöte. Emanuel Schikaneder's libretto, which also directs the production in his own theatre, aims to speak to a popular audience in his own language. Thanks to the dramatic and dreamlike qualities of the work, and Mozart's brilliant music, it has surpassed 100 performances in one year, and its success has grown to this day.en savoir plus

Prochaine(s) date(s)

  • Tuesday 27 December 2022Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
  • Wednesday 28 December 2022Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
  • Friday 30 December 2022Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
  • Saturday 31 December 2022Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
  • Sunday 1 January 2023Opéra royal du Château de Versailles
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God Save the King!

Heading for England with Handel's Coronation Anthems

The long tradition of musicians attached to princes or kings tends to prove that music was for a long time an essential element in establishing political power.Handel was no exception to the rule and the Coronations Anthems, composed for the coronation of George II, as well as the Dettingen Te Deum, which celebrates England's victory over the French army at Dettingen in 1743, aim to strengthen...
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Prochaine(s) date(s)

  • Thursday 15 December 2022Théâtre impérial de Compiègne
  • Sunday 18 December 2022Église St-Pierre de Neuilly-sur-Seine
  • Sunday 5 February 2023Arsenal de Metz
La Baron, Compiègne 2021 (c) Pascal Gély

Les Aventures du Baron de Münchhausen

Baroque lyrical comedy with music by Rameau, Boismortier, Campra, Montéclair...

"The Baron of Münchhausen, with his journey to the moon on a cannonball or his rising out of quicksand and his horse's lifting himself up by his hair, is part of the Germanic heritage, and has become a legendary figure like our Cyrano de Bergerac in France.
As a conductor, the Baron of Münchhausen gives me wings to recompose a lyrical "drama" around his adventures. en savoir plus

Prochaine(s) date(s)

  • Tuesday 7 March 2023Théâtre de Nîmes
  • Wednesday 8 March 2023Théâtre de Nîmes
  • Thursday 9 March 2023Théâtre de Nîmes
  • Friday 17 March 2023Théâtre de Poissy
  • Saturday 1 April 2023Opéra de Massy
  • Sunday 2 April 2023Opéra de Massy
  • Thursday 13 April 2023Théâtre municipal R. Devos de Tourcoing
  • Tuesday 18 April 2023Centre des bords de Marne, Le Perreux-sur-Marne

Mass by Gounod and Saint-Saëns

Sacred Saint-Saëns, centenary of his death

With this program, Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel wish to highlight the rarely performed sacred works of 19th century French composers, whose operas are nowadays mostly known to the public.

Hervé Niquet has put together a program mixing traditional Gregorian antiphons and rare works by Gounod and Saint-Saëns, all marked by the same neo-classical approach.
Gounod's Messe Vocale, which he s...
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  • La tournée pour ce spectacle est terminée pour cette saison.

From Venice to Versailles

Gervais / Vivaldi

After the success of their world re-creation of Destouches' Sémiramis in 2018, Les Ombres and Le Concert Spirituel's choir continue their exploration of French never before performed repertoire in Ambronay. Charles-Hubert Gervais (1671-1744), superintendent and master of music at the Chapelle Royale under Louis XV, composed works for choir and orchestra strongly influenced by Italian music. Some of his great motets are heard here in dialogue wit...
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  • Wednesday 23 November 2022Chapelle Royale du Château de Versailles
Le Mariage forcé © Hélène Aubert

Le Mariage forcé de Molière et Lully

Comedy-ballet in three acts

Le Mariage forcé is the second comedy-ballet composed by Molière and his first real collaboration with Lully. The composition in successive "sketches" is still typical of the ballet de cour from which the comedy-ballet derives, and in this respect quite close to Les Fâcheux (1661).

By creating a subtle general movement alternating between acceleration and rest, Molière and Lully composed a work in which thei...
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Prochaine(s) date(s)

  • Tuesday 11 October 2022Théâtre des Sablons de Neuilly-sur-Seine
  • Sunday 27 November 2022Théâtre de Thionville
Le Sicilien © Hélène Aubert

Le Sicilien ou l'Amour peintre by Molière and Lully

Comédie ballet in one act

Le Sicilien owes its brevity to its place in the immense and sumptuous Ballet des Muses, of which it was only one of the fourteen "entries" - but the very last, and therefore the "highlight". In barely an hour, Molière and Lully outdid themselves. All the codes of courtly comedy are respected: the place of the love story in the gallant tone, the refinement of the modes of expression, and, of course, the exaltation of Fr...
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Prochaine(s) date(s)

  • Thursday 6 October 2022Théâtre de l'Odéon, Marseille
  • Friday 7 October 2022Théâtre de l'Odéon, Marseille
  • Sunday 9 October 2022Théâtre A. Dumas, St-Germain-en-Laye
  • Friday 25 November 2022Centre culturel G. Brassens, Avrillé
  • Friday 16 December 2022La Balise, St-Hilaire-de-Riez
  • Thursday 26 January 2023Théâtre municipal, Abbeville