Les Talens Lyriques Announces 2022-23 Season

By Afton Wooten

Les Talens Lyriques announced its 2022-23 season which begins this August. This season marks the company’s 30th anniversary.

Listed below are the vocal and operatic parts of the season, which is led by Christophe Rousset.

Soprano Sandrine Piau and Les Talens Lyriques ensemble will open the season with “Cantates arcadiennes de Rome à Paris” at the Festival de Musique de Menton. This concert is inspired by the 1690 Roman Arcadian Academy, featuring the works of Handel, Montéclaire, and Scarlatti.

Performance Dates: August 3, 2022

Following its theme of “magic and enchantment,” the first opera in season is Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” The cast includes Sandrine Piau as Pamina, Jeremy Ovenden as Tamino, Rocio Perez as Queen of the Night, Alexander Köpeczi as Sarastro, Georg Nigl as Papageno, Daniela Skorka as Papagena, and Nicholas Mulroy as Monostatos.

Performance Dates: August 27 & 29, 2022

Next up is a concert version of Händel’s “Alcina.” Karina Gauvin sings the title role.

Performance Date: October 25, 2022

Soprano Marie Lys and mezzo-soprano Teresa Iervolino will sing Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” at the Oslo Festival Church Music Festival.

Performance Dates: September 11, 2022

Ian Bostridge and Veronique Gens star in a new production of Gluck’s “Armide.”

Performance Dates: November 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, & 15, 2022

Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” will be performed on the six-city Dutch tour featuring soprano Johanna Winkel, alto Sophie Harmsen, tenor Zachary Wilder, and bass Krešimir Stražanac. They are joined by the Nederlands Kamerkoor.

Performance Dates: December 12 – 22,  2022

“Thésée” by Jean-Baptiste Lully will be performed in a concert setting in Vienna, Brussels and Paris. Mathias Vidal sing Thésée and Karine Deshayes sings Médée. This will be Les Talens Lyriques’ 12th recording in their Lully opera cycle.

Performance Dates: March 1, 12 & 22, 2023

Mezzo-soprano Ambroisine Bré will star in “Tragic Handelian Figures” featuring the dramatic arias from Handel’s “Giulio Cesare,” “Arianna in Creta,” and “Agrippina” at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Performance Dates: February 5, 2023

In part of its Easter Festival, Ian Bostridge as Evangelist, Benjamin Appl as Christ, and soprano Anna El-Khashem will present Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” at the Philharmonie de Paris and the Festival de Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence.

Performance Dates: April 4 & 7, 2023

Performances of “Pygmalion” by Rameau and “Almasis” by Pancrace Royer will take place at the Prague Spring International Music Festival at Rudolfinum.

Performance Date: May 9, 2023

“Mozart & Friends” featuring guest baritone Benjamin Appl will take place in Krakow, Poland. The program includes works by Martin y Soler, Sarti, and Salieri, who were influenced by Mozart.

Performance Date: April 9, 2023

The ensemble returns to Wigmore Hall with “Bach Dynasty.” 

Performance Date: May 16, 2023

On another leg of the international tour, mezzo-soprano Ambroisine Bré and the ensemble will present “Paris-Rome: Amor-Haine” in Basel, Switzerland.

Performance Date: June 4, 2023

Louise Bertin’s lost opera, “Fausto” will be performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. The orchestra score was recently rediscovered by Palazzetto Bru Zane de Paris and will be recorded by the record label.

Performance Date: June 20, 2023

Closing out the season is a reprise of the “Mozart & Friends” in Paris at La Seine Musicale.

Performance Date: June 27, 2023