E. Haïm & le Concert d’Astrée

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emmanuelle Haïm

After studying piano and harpsichord, Emmanuelle Haïm chose conducting and in 2000 founded Le Concert d’Astrée. At the same time, she was invited to perform on the most prestigious international stages, where she met with resounding success in 2001 with the Glyndebourne Touring Opera performing Handel’s Rodelinda.

Her energetic conducting and intense readings have together earned her the nickname of "The Ms Dynamite of French Baroque" in the English-speaking press She was the first woman conductor at the Chicago Lyric Opera (Giulio Cesare, 2007). A regular performer at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, she has presented numerous works there, including Handel’s Theodora(staged by P. Sellars) and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (staged by R. Carsen). She regularly conducts the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Frankfurt Hessischer Rundfunk Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic (2011, 2015, 2017). Since 2008, a close partnership with the Berliner Philharmoniker has led to guest conductor engagements there in 2008, 2011 and 2014. Emmanuelle Haïm first conducted the Wiener Philharmoniker for a series of Handel concerts in Vienna and Lucerne in 2016. This season, she is expanding her partnership with prestigious foreign orchestras: the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Orchestra and the Leipzig Orchestra.

Her recordings for the Erato/Warner Classics label at the head of her ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée have been widely acclaimed: Victoires de la Musique Classique (best recording in 2009 for Lamentiand in 2008 for Carestini, The Story of a Castrato), Echo Deutscher Musikpreis, nomination for the Grammy Awards (Dido and Aeneas, 2004, Une fête baroque, 2013). Emmanuelle Haïm also worked with Philippe Jaroussky and Concerto Köln to record Caldara in Vienna. The recording of Le Concert d’Astrée’s 10th anniversary concert, Une fête Baroque !, and the DVDs of Giulio Cesare by Handel and L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi were released in 2012 and 2013. Recent releases include the DVD of Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau and a recording of Handel’s Messiahin autumn 2014, followed in May 2015 by the DVD of La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart. The DVDs Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno by Händel (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, 2016), Mithridateby Mozart (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra de Dijon, 2016) and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patriaby Monteverdi (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra de Dijon, 2017) were released in 2017

Recent opera productions directed by Emmanuelle Haïm with Le Concert d’Astrée include the revival of Xerseby Cavalli and Lully (staged by G. Cassiers and performed at the Opéra de Lille, Theater an der Wien, 2015 and Théâtre de Caen, 2016),Mitridateby Mozart (staged by C. Hervieu Léger – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra de Dijon, 2016), Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski – Festival International d’Aix-en-Provence, 2016 and Opéra de Lille and Théâtre de Caen, 2017), Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Monteverdi (staged by Mariame Clément – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra de Dijon, 2017). 

Major tours regularly lead Emmanuelle Haïm to perform in the world’s top venues with Le Concert d’Astrée, alongside prestigious soloists in programmes devoted to 17th and 18th century music: Giulio Cesare Highlights (Natalie Dessay and Christophe Dumaux, 2014), Monstres, Sorcières et Magiciens (Anne Sofie von Otter, Laurent Naouri, Patricia Petibon, Christopher Purves and Nahuel Di Pierro, 2015 and 2016), followed by Médée trahie andHéroïnes baroques (MagdalenaKožená, 2015, 2016) and Desperate Lovers with Sandrine Piau and Christophe Dumaux in 2016. That same year, Le Concert d’Astrée made its debut at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall and at the Tonhalle in Zürich with Mozart’s GranPartita.

During the 2017/2018 season, Emmanuelle Haïm will present three operas with Le Concert d’Astrée: Così fan tutte by Mozart (staged by Christophe Honoré – Opéra de Lille), Alcinaby Handel (staged by Christof Loy – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées) andPygmalionby Rameau (staged by Robyn Orlin – Opéra de Dijon). Audiences will also be able to enjoy the ensemble on tour at a Mozart Gala, in a programme combining Handel’s Dixit Dominusand Bach’s Magnificat, along with a programme devoted to Baroque Heroinesand an Italian cantatasprogramme. Le Concert d’Astrée will play from Lille to Bahrain, stopping over in Paris, Frankfurt, Arras, Göteborg, Dublin, Madrid, Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Omer, London, Boulogne-Billancourt, Luxembourg and Budapest.

A loyal ambassador of the Baroque period and French musical expertise, Emmanuelle Haïm is a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, an Officier des Arts et des Lettres and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. 

LE CONCERT D’ASTRÉE

Le Concert d’Astrée, directed by Emmanuelle Haïm, is an instrumental and vocal ensemble dedicated to Baroque music. Today it is one of the finest representatives of this repertoire in the world. When Emmanuelle Haïm founded Le Concert d’Astrée in 2000, she brought together accomplished instrumentalists who shared her temperament and stylistic approach: simultaneously expressive and natural. Success was quick to follow. In 2003, the ensemble was awarded the Victoire de la Musique Classique for the best classical music ensemble of the year. In 2008, it was named Alte Musik Ensemble of the year at the Echo Deutscher Musikpreis awards in Germany. 

Le Concert d’Astrée has made a wide variety of recordings, from Monteverdi to Mozart, under the Warner Classics/Erato label. Over and above the awards they receive, these recordings have met with an enthusiastic reception from both critics and the public. Recent releases include the DVD of Hippolyte et Aricie by Rameau and a recording of Handel’s Messiahin autumn 2014, followed in May 2015 by the DVD of La Finta Giardiniera by Mozart. The DVDs Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno by Händel (Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, 2016), Mithridateby Mozart (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra de Dijon, 2016) and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patriaby Monteverdi (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Opéra de Dijon, 2017) were released in 2017

Le Concert d’Astrée has been in residence at the Opéra de Lille since 2004, where it has earned a name for itself in a wide variety of stages productions, listed below: Handel (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de Caen in 2016 and 2017, Tamerlano, 2004, Giulio Cesare, 2007 in Lille and at the Opéra Garnier in 2011 and 2013, Orlando,2010,Agrippina,2011), Monteverdi (Orfeo,2005,L’incoronazione di Poppea, 2012,Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, 2017 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Opéra de Dijon), Rameau (Les Boréades, 2005,Dardanus,2009,Hippolyte et Aricie at the Capitole in Toulouse, 2009 reprised at the Opéra de Paris, 2012, Castor et Pollux, 2014), Bach (St John Passion, 2007), Lully (Thésée,2008), Cavalli and Lully (Xerse, 2015) Mozart (Le Nozze di Figaro, 2008,La Finta Giardiniera, 2014, Idomeneo2015,Mitridate, 2016) and Purcell ([After] The Fairy Queen, 2009), in collaboration with such renowned stage directors as David McVicar, Robert Wilson, Jean-François Sivadier, Laurent Pelly, David Lescot, Ivan Alexandre, Barrie Kosky, Jean-Yves Ruf, Guy Cassiers and Clément Hervieu-Léger, Krzysztof Warlikowski and Mariame Clément.

Major tours regularly lead Le Concert d’Astrée to perform in the world’s top venues alongside prestigious soloists, in programmes devoted to 17th and 18th century music: Giulio Cesare Highlights (Natalie Dessay and Christophe Dumaux, 2014), Monstres, Sorcières et Magiciens (Anne Sofie von Otter, Laurent Naouri, Patricia Petibon, Christopher Purves and Nahuel Di Pierro, 2015 and 2016) then Médée trahie andHéroïnes baroques (MagdalenaKožená, 2015, 2016) and Desperate Lovers with Sandrine Piau and Christophe Dumaux in 2016. That same year, Le Concert d’Astrée made its debut at London’s prestigious Wigmore Hall and at the Tonhalle in Zürich with Mozart’s GranPartita.

During the 2017/2018 season, Le Concert d’Astrée, directed by Emmanuelle Haïm, will perform three operas: Così fan tutte by Mozart (staged by Christophe Honoré – Opéra de Lille), Alcinaby Handel (staged by Christof Loy – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées) andPygmalionby Rameau (staged by Robyn Orlin – Opéra de Dijon). Audiences will also be able to enjoy the ensemble on tour at a Mozart Gala, in a programme combining Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Bach’s Magnificat, along with a programme devoted to Baroque Heroines. They will also perform Italian cantatas on a tour that takes them from Paris to Bahrain, stopping over in Frankfurt, Arras, Göteborg, Dublin, Madrid, Aix-en-Provence, Saint-Omer, London, Boulogne-Billancourt, Luxembourg and Budapest.

The ensemble and its musicians are also involved in educational outreach initiatives in the Hauts-de-France region.

Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe is the principal corporate patron of Le Concert d’Astrée

As ensemble-in-residence at the Opéra de Lille, Le Concert d’Astrée receives support from the City of Lille. Le Concert d’Astrée ensemble also receives support from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication/ Hauts-de-France Regional Department of Cultural Affairs in the form of a subsidy for an approved company performing at national and international venues. The Département du Nord is a partner of Le Concert d’Astrée.

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